Adam changed his career in a little over a year. He started Get Coding in May 2021, finished the program in January 2022, and got a job at Mysa in July 2022. Before Get Coding, he had a diverse career. From being in the Canadian Forces Reserves, to becoming a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry, his journey truly showcases that any path can lead to becoming a software developer. A couple months after starting his job at Mysa, I sat down with Adam to catch up and hear about his experience retraining to become a software developer.
My name is Adam Paul. I'm from Botwood, Newfoundland, and I'm a junior web developer with Mysa.
Well, when I was in high school, I joined the reserves. The Canadian Forces Reserves. I deployed to Afghanistan with them in 2010. After I returned home in 2011, I started working in the construction industry as a labourer and then I attended a program for heavy equipment operators. I worked as a heavy equipment operator ever since.
No, I didn’t.
I chose to do Get Coding because I've seen the CBC article. I was in the process of filling out a student loan application to attend a local college. But the [Get Coding] program had a lot more flexibility, I was still able to work and complete the program and it was shorter in duration than most colleges
So during the program, I built a dart scoreboard, so the front end of that project just keeps track of your scores. I had an application on my phone that only had two games that I played, so with the help of the coaches, I managed to create three other games that could be included with that. During my node part of my course, I built a back end for it that could keep track of games and one game's last winning statistics.
[I also built] a photography booking webpage for my friend. It allows potential customers to go in and view a session. It includes the price, available date, and times. It handles the bookings and the payments through the page. It also has an admin side that allows my friend to view who's booked and when in a calendar.
I worked seasonally with a construction company for the first seven months. It made for longer days, but it was very manageable. There was no pressure to come home from work one day and sit down for four or five hours and put in time.
Right now I'm working for Mysa as a Junior Web Developer.
I love my current position at Mysa. Working in the tech industry in Newfoundland is great as it is a really supportive field.
I think my time in the military gave me, definitely gave me transferable skills like attention to detail and discipline. I believe those skill sets helped me in my previous career. I believe they helped me during Get Coding, and are going to continue to help me in my career.
Job hunting is a marathon. It takes a lot more hours to get a job or an interview than it does to learn how to code, I think, but overall the process wasn't too bad. Most all the hiring managers and hiring teams were great through the whole process, always ready to provide feedback. It’s just it's a marathon.
If anyone was considering changing careers in tech, I'd say go for it.
If you like programming as much as I do, don't give up just because there are days when your program's not going to work the way you wanted it to, and everybody has those days, so don't give up and it'll come eventually perfect.
Students who just graduated, same thing. The job hunt is a marathon. You're going to apply to hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of jobs and you might only hear back from one or two at a time, but don't let it discourage you. Eventually, you're going to find the right position for yourself.
Get Coding is not just a program, it's a community and everybody involved with the programme is with you every step of the way.