And why you should do it too
There’s been an increase in the number of people who switch careers to become software developers. For me I switched from a career in research, particularly market research, to becoming a full stack software developer.
When I was at university, teaching felt like the standard career change option, but now I’m coding, I see more of us turning to software development. It could be one of those “buy a blue car and you start seeing blue cars everywhere” moments (also known as the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, or the Frequence Bias) that is true. But I also think there are a variety of factors that have encouraged more people into coding.
For example, coding boot camps are popping up all over the place. The boot camps’ benefit over university (which would be the typical route in the past) is that the Bootcamp courses are shorter. Instead of taking three years out of the workplace, or maybe six years learning part-time, the Bootcamp will take a third of that.
And I think it is fantastic.
You see, career changers make excellent developers.
- They don’t think coding is easy. Career changers have actively decided to start learning to code by changing careers, usually while doing something else such as childcare or a full-time job in another industry.
- Experience from outside software development. Increasingly, development is not just about writing lines of code. Companies are looking for a well-rounded individual interested in the product they are developing and interacting with the other stakeholders.
- Coming from another career means they are fresh to the industry, bringing new insights and points of view from a diverse range of backgrounds.
So next time you are questioning if you can switch to a career in coding, remember that career changes make excellent developers. And if you are a fellow career changer, what else would you add to the list?