As we know, we do not always get what we want, when we want it. Everyone has its own pace and rhythm, in order to achieve certain things. We just need to be patient and no matter how hard things may seem: we need to keep moving forward and remember why we started in the first place. This is one of the things I like to tell myself whenever hardship comes my way.
How it all started
I started with “average jobs”, as some would say. Working for a fast-food restaurant and a furniture store for almost 4 years, to be more precise. During my time at the furniture store, I managed to get a friend of mine hired too and little did I know how much of an impact he would have on my professional career. He started doing a professional retraining in fact, taking programming courses. Hearing it coming from him, I could not do anything but support him, for his courage and determination into finally taking a big step to turn his life around. Besides my admiration for him, he also inspired me to discover this new world for me at that point, called IT.
The results were starting to show up
Next step: Applying for a job!
I started to apply to jobs left and right, and in October 2020, Eureka! I found ANT! Or better said, they found me. After three interviews, I finally got my first job as a developer. As the “newbie” in this area, I was feeling quite nervous to be honest but the people I met at ANT were just great to work with and easy to talk to. The atmosphere was relaxed, and you could tell from the very beginning that people here were first and foremost humans, creating an environment you can trust and feel comfortable within. Eight months now, I can only say how happy I am to be here. My collogues are just great, I made friends, friends that helped me to become a better developer. I have their full support in learning and trying my best to improve and dabble in all sorts of new technologies and experiment with them as much as I can.
Looking at it back now, it wasn’t necessarily easy, to become a developer, by learning everything by yourself. Just thinking about the fact that after a long day at work, I was going home and had to start all over again, learning new things every day for at least 2 to 3 hours, makes me realize how much self-discipline, dedication, and hard work it takes. Let alone all the questions like "Can I even learn all this?", "Will I ever be good enough at this?", "Am I going down the right path?". Questions that didn’t necessarily have an answer. Question that make you feel unsure at times. But the only question that truly matters, as I found out, is “Am I enjoying this?". If the answer is “Yes”, then you’re on the right path, as everything else will come together eventually.