Learn how this Ironhacker went from Customer Success to Web Development with Ironhack Amsterdam
It's not uncommon for people to discover their love of the tech industry whilst they're in the middle of a completely different career. Pivoting into tech is actually more common that you think.
We got to chat with Dominik, a former Customer Success Manager turned Ironhacker, who studied Web Development with Ironhack Amsterdam and realised his dream of becoming a Front-End Developer.
It was intense for sure, to the point that I spent several weeks even coding in my dreams! But it was also great: my progress was immediately visible. Day by day, week by week, I was able to create things I wasn’t able to before. I went through the ups and downs of coding, the frustration and successes, together with the people and friends I met there and a tutor we could always rely on.
I was a Customer/Partner Success Manager before. It’s a job which I mostly spent in meetings, listening to the customers’ needs and challenges and orchestrating our own internal departments to provide a fitting solution.
As much as I enjoyed my previous job, along with my colleagues and management, ultimately I felt something missing from it. I enjoy creating things, be it drawings, stories, music or even games, and I found that my job didn’t include this aspect.
I just mentioned games: At one point I started tinkering with game engines as a hobby, out of curiosity. With that, I needed to learn about coding, and I was immediately hooked. I didn’t want to make games professionally, but I enjoyed the process of programming, and the problem solving that comes with it, so much that it became clear to me that this is the track I wanted to steer my career on.
There is this idea that coding is mostly done in solitude, which really isn’t the case. It’s very important to know how to play together in a team and how to communicate well. These were also some of the focal points in my previous job and it helped me a lot to gain traction as fresh developer.
I would say that I found out that as a developer you might be more flexible than you realize. I worked on some projects that included tech stacks I never worked with before, sometimes even picking up a new program language along the way. And that’s the beauty of this profession for me: you always, always learn new things. Problems that seem initially insurmountable can be broken down into smaller problems and solved after all.
My advice is to feel the waters first. Do a basic coding course, see if you enjoy it and really do write a few pieces of code on your own. If you enjoy doing it and you do see yourself doing this as a profession, then simply go for it. This is how I did it and I am happy that I followed my gut.
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