So I’ve been scouring the internet for more on these developer boot camps. It’s too bad there isn’t much opportunity around Dallas (except for one named MakeSquare, based out of Austin). Why my sudden interest in these boot camps? Well, I’m tired of the dead end job searches, applications and not meeting job requirements. Paying for the actuarial exams (even one) will be too much for me. I don’t want to get into a job I know I wouldn’t make a career out of. Going to graduate is not a viable option right now since I have to make ends meet and I do not want to be in any kind of debt. I’m not sure I even want to go back to school. I would go back to school for a Master’s in Computer Science and only after I have graduated from a boot camp and have gotten significant on-the-job experience. Truly, having a degree (STEM field at that) does not guarantee a job.
I don’t regret getting my math degree; I guess I should have just prepared better for after graduation. I spend all my semesters (including summer school) at college taking classes (including studying abroad) and not once did I think to intern somewhere. But, where could I intern as a math major? How would I even travel to the city the internship is in (there’s practically nothing in Lubbock to intern at)? You see, I have learn to live on little and I try to take care of others without being a leech. I know when things get tough and I have to make sacrifices. Oh well – I hear some developers and software engineers have degrees in mathematics so that’s great.
Really, I just want to spend time being a programming autodidact to successfully enter one of these selective programs, work the hardest I ever have, graduate(!) and do something I know I will love (nah, I wouldn’t want to start my startup or anything of the sort). While I’m learning the fundamentals (I will start with MakerSquare’s prework program here), I will use this website to apply what I have learn, create a portfolio and to make drastic changes to the site itself so it does not look like a typical WordPress site.
It is said that you create your own future. I think I have found it and now I’m taking the first step – wish me luck.