Last month, we partnered with Nucamp to provide five scholarships to attend one of their coding bootcamps. Through the applications, we got the opportunity to learn more about why people want to pursue a career in technology — below, we have just a handful of some of our favorite responses!
Why are you interested in joining the technology field?
“I’m a 38-year-old single father, who has always enjoyed anything tech related, but I want to do more than just enjoy tech. I want to have a hand in developing and be able to pass that knowledge and desire on to my son.”
“I’m a creative person. In my spare time, I write novels and make YouTube videos. Creating something from nothing but a scratch of inspiration or the simple desire to help someone get the information they need is what I thrive on. Coding brings me that same excitement…
Learning to code is like peeking behind the curtain of a magic show. The more I learn, the more I want to understand and make. Recently, my sister showed me how she’d made an interactive visual novel with Ren’Py, which is such a fantastic combination of Python and creative writing—I’m already planning to create my own.”
“I am presently a truck driver making deliveries all over the southeast and midwest. This takes me away from home months at a time. I have two children, 16 and 13, and I feel like I am missing out on physically being there to enjoy watching them grow up and helping my wife. The both of them (Nedu and Naji) are currently learning coding, and I believe that it’s an excellent field to go into. So, why not me? Plus, it will be a great way to bond with my children and maybe someday work together in our own business. For these two reasons, I am super excited!”
“It’s probably a cliché, but my interest in technology started with gaming. That said, technology and science has fascinated me for as long as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to get into robotics! Maybe I still can!
I currently work as a desktop support technician for a major automotive finance company. I do not have a high school diploma, nor do I have a collegiate degree. I did not experience academic success in my youth. Though, comprehension was never the struggle for me regarding academia. I started my current career by accepting contracting jobs that required little more than opening a box that contained a laptop.
I took whatever job, at whatever hours… Then stood next to the smartest guy in the room, in hopes of gaining some knowledge in the end. In less than five years I was able to transform work ethic, intuition, and positive attitudes (without burning any bridges, or stepping on any toes either…) into a career that I can be proud of as a desktop support technician solely responsible for three campuses, despite having zero work history in the field.”
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Quotes appear verbatim as given by the users, except for the correction of grammar and typing errors.