Today marks 2 years since I decided to make the move into web development after leaving my job in robotics. I can’t say I expected to be where I am today which is still gunning for my first full time job in the industry. I decided to make the big move, literally, to Portland, Oregon so I would be in a tech hub instead of continuing to try and find work from Kansas. It’s been a rough go around thus far in Portland, but I have seen more interest in me as a developer which helps the old ego. Honestly I should have made the move out of Kansas a year ago maybe even to begin with but hindsight is always 20-20.
The last year was full of more mishaps and hardships than anything. Losing my dad. Having a very dear friendship expire. Losing my home to a fire. 2017 really sucked to be honest. There were some good things though.
I wrote my first open source package in microauth-vkontakte:
I finally got around to building and shipping my friend’s photography website:
I attended my first dev conference in Elixir Daze:
I started a meager little YouTube channel:
I landed my first dev role as a freelancer with BøthOfUs:
And just a few weeks ago I participated in my first hackathon working on a rebuild of the High Fives Foundation website using React, GraphQL, and Styled-Components.
I will say I am entering the final push at this. I’m giving myself until January 01, 2019 to have full time employment as a developer. Should I not be employed or have found gainful employment through contract positions by then I will be hanging up this dream. 2.5 years and no financial results coupled with growing debt just isn’t maintainable. Do I want to move back to Kansas and work whatever job I can find to get by, no, hell no; but there has to be an expiration date on this should it not workout. I can't continue to hope for the best, but until then I will hope for the best and continue to put in the work.
~ Cody 🚀