I have officially started a software engineering bootcamp.
There are many reasons why I have chosen this path. At the end of 2019, I became a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida after passing a rather difficult eight-hour engineering licensing exam. For six years I was working as a Civil Engineer and prior to that spent an equal number of years in college studying to become an engineer. The problem I faced as years passed was I did not care for the work that I was doing. I climbed atop the proverbial ladder only to realize it was leaning against the completely wrong wall.
I made the decision to quit my job and subsequently made an oath to myself in this new decade to live my life with real intention and to do work that matters. I had the opportunity over the next several months to really think hard and figure out what that meant to me. I came to this general conclusion: since we spend a significant portion of adulthood working, it makes logical sense to only pursue work that you’re highly interested in and/or passionate about. It allows us to do objectively better work while also providing greater life satisfaction.
This brought me to the world of technology. I have been interested in computers since middle school when my brother and I used to make websites with HTML, Dreamweaver and Photoshop. I started listening to Computer Science lectures one year ago in my free time as I find it oddly fascinating. Although the use of technology can have negative consequences, for the most part it has drastically improved society and will undoubtedly continue to do so in the future. I want to be part of that. I want to help create things and manifest ideas that can fundamentally make someone’s life better. And I believe software engineering is the perfect gateway for me to do that more than anything else. I believe it is what I should have done with my career all along.
So why have I decided to learn software engineering? Because it matters to me.