I firmly believe that we don't need to file ourselves into one category, no matter how disparate those categories might appear at first glance. We all contain multitudes. I used to write and translate for a living, now I build software for a living, but in no way does that mean I'm now exclusively a developer. I haven't given up writing, nor do I no longer identify as a writer. In fact, I believe my continuing writing practice enriches what I've chosen to do as a career.
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I've been interested in language — and later, languages — ever since childhood. Initially it was because I wanted access to foreign cultures, but with time, I also developed a thing for syntax and structure. I found it so exciting that various elements, possibly abstract or disparate at first sight, could slot neatly into place and communicate powerful messages.
No surprise, then, that I did my Bachelor's in French & German. On some level, I'd always know that I would live in a place where I could use those skills every day. For a while, I worked as some combination of a translator, copywriter, editor, and journalist. After a few years, I was getting jaded about trying to flog my my passion to clients. Surely there was something profitable I could do that built upon my existing skills — maybe ones I hadn't even unlocked yet?
I consider my journey to have started in June 2018, when I took part in the annual Django Girls workshop in Berlin. That Saturday changed the trajectory of my life, though at the time, I wouldn't have guessed this at all.
Since I needed a new job, I got in touch with one of the event's sponsors — a software development agency — who ended up hiring me as a content manager. I held this position for nigh on two years, all while teaching myself to code. By the end of 2019, I'd made the decision to switch careers for real. A few months later, my employer agreed to partially cover the costs of a two-month Python course for me.
TL;DR: In September 2020, they offered me the position of Junior Software Developer!
This blog is still very much a WIP (work in progress), but my aim is to get a regular posting schedule in motion. For now, on the resources page, you can find some of my favourite media about learning to code and life as a developer in general.