How did you guys start coding? What's your story?

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Enrique Arrieta's photo

December 22th, 2015... I hadn't finished my career yet and was concerned of my future in my country.

I started searching information about jobs in my country in my field and I was disappointed of how the offers were almost zero, I saw that programming jobs were a lot because I'm from Venezuela and lot of people started looking for Venezuelan people because hey... we are cheap.

So well I thought it could be something good if I learned to code so I asked my aunt if she could borrow me her laptop and I started searching for videos on internet of what do we need to start learning. I had used pseudo languages so I knew a little about what we were doing (not too much but at least I knew what a program is).

In that night, searching and searching videos and see what to do and what not (it was difficult to know where to start actually), I found a channel on Youtube were there were some guides for dummies so I saved the channel and started thinking if I should start learning web development.

The next day I decided that I will dedicate my life to that so I started learning and I didn't stop (it was fun actually)... The real reason was that I knew I needed to learn something that I could do remotely because I needed the money to leave my country, and it was so important to earn in a different currency because of the same reason. The first year I worked in my country, I didn't earn enough but I learned a lot and that was the most important thing because I learned enough to work remotely.

And here I am, almost four years later of that moment when a borrowed laptop changed my life haha.

Roxanne Franco's photo

self-made and self-taught developer still under construction

This was so inspiring!! 😊 What a borrowed laptop can do, ahah! I'm also learning for the same exact reason so reading your story motivates me to keep going 😊 wish you all the best!

Enrique Arrieta's photo

A Full Stack Javascript Developer who likes to talk about offshore business

Wish you all the best too! just keep learning every day, it's a long journey but hey... it's a good journey too.

Just remind something: Spread the knowledge, every time you can help some one to learn, do it because you will practice too while doing it.

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