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Why I Quit My Job to Learn Code

I’m on a mission to learn to code. In 18 weeks time, I’ll transform myself from a non-technical person into an entry level developer.

In the past, I’ve learned bits and pieces of various languages (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby) in my “spare time“, but it just doesn’t produce noticeable results. I did learn the basics, but with no real depth of understanding. Instead, if I want to obtain a deeper understanding and proficiency of programming, I need to devote myself fulltime to learn code, which requires that I reduce my other commitments. So why am I doing this?

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This is not based on typical career motivations where my focus is to simply get more education and training in order to improve my long term job outlook. My background is in working with technology startups, but never as part of the technical team. My role has always been on the marketing and operations end.

I founded Face The Buzz so that I could work with many amazing web and mobile technology startup companies. I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with so many great entrepreneurs. Starting this company has been an amazing learning experience and has increased my appetite for starting more companies in the future. But, I also want to be part of the early stage development and building of a product. This step can not be accomplished without a much stronger technical understanding on my part.

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I’m documenting the entire process in hopes that it can help someone else in my position who wants to undertake a similar journey, but doesn’t have clue about where to begin. If you have questions, please share them in the comments. I’m also sharing my thoughts in hopes that millions of talented developers our there can provide me feedback and guidance. If you have suggestions on programming, learning, startups, or any other interesting topic, please do share it in the comments.

That’s why I’m planning to teach myself and hopefully successfully invest time, energy, and resources in learning these new skills. But, I’m not doing it completely alone. If you’re reading this, I’ll need your help as well. Leave your questions or words of encouragement in the comments below. Thanks!

  • Shawna Munoz


    • Andrew K Kirk

      Thanks for all the support!

  • Danny

    How’s the first week going?

    • Andrew K Kirk

      It’s been an amazing few days. I’m excited, a little nervous, and learning a lot – plus, I’m having fun! It will be interesting to look back at these posts and think about how little I knew.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Roberto

    This is a big leap. Best of luck. I hope to make a similar jump soon.

    • Andrew K Kirk

      @049fc13117b0538135fa9d0b12794a86:disqus ,

      Thanks for the kind words! I wish the best of luck. The first initial leap is the scariest, but it is very worth it.
      Let me know if I can be of help and please do return to keep me posted on your progress.

  • Jerry Cheung

    I had a great time pairing with you. I love your enthusiasm and attitude and think you’re on your way to kicking ass.

    • Andrew K Kirk

      @jollyjerry:disqus – Arriving home after my 30 minute drive last night, I was still on a “programming high” after working with you!

      I learned an incredible amount working next to you and I’m excited for the next steps. Hope we get to do it again sometime soon.