Over the past few years, I have found myself pursuing multiple interests such as recording bands/doing sound for TV, making videos for YouTube, and even writing a book. For a while, I was even passionately interested in trading on the Foreign Exchange market. I enjoyed trying to time the ups and downs of the market. While learning its patterns and methods, I was convinced that this was what I was supposed to do as a career. I sunk every free hour into studying charts, learning the tools given to me by the program I was using, and watching tutorials of the ‘secret trick to beating the market [100% OF THE TIME!!!]’. These efforts, believe it or not, amounted to nothing but a large hole in my wallet and the feeling that the one thing I thought I could be good at was impossible. One day, as I sat myself down at the computer to look at the charts again and figure out their secrets, I realised that I had lost all interest in trading. The stress of seeing green, then red, then green, then red, then more red, then even more red was just not appealing to me. I couldn’t be sure it ever had been.
It was at this point that I put trading on the back burner in hopes that maybe, after some time off, my passion would be re-ignited and I could come back stronger than ever before. It didn’t. Instead, I floated through life going to a job that I’ve been in for the past 8 years. A job that I had NO interest in whatsoever and that provided no progression opportunities that I wanted. There was nothing for me there.
Cut to about 6 months later, we’re still in the midst of a global pandemic , life has not progressed for what feels like years and I have decided to make a change.
Jumping back to the beginning of the pandemic I decided I wanted to try learning a developer language again. So after a quick google search of ‘good languages to learn for beginners’ I came across the wonderful, versatile language of ‘Python’. Python was a whole new world to me. No more was I making words show up on a webpage or endlessly trying to keep the footer of my page down at the bottom where it belongs but I was making dynamic and interactive programs that I could craft to do anything I wanted. If I had an idea, I could just build it! My eyes were very quickly opened to the possibilities of this language during my time taking a ‘Python for everybody’ course on ‘Coursera’. This course was taught by a Mr. ‘Charles Russell Severance’ and his attitude toward the language created an intrigue and obsession that will last longer than any of my past endeavours.
Once the course was complete and I was back out on my own time, learning my way, I actually found that I enjoyed programming even more. Through learning how to program on my own, I learned just how much I love the process of learning. Where this process differs from trading is the definitive nature of programming. Programming has rules and a specific (albeit loose) method to getting something done. Trading had mis-information, money-grabbing ‘moguls’, and always the ‘best way’ of making money out of the market. I couldn’t find the same creativity in trading as I do in programming.
It was around about 7 months into learning how to write programs in Python that I decided this was something that I wanted to do as a career. I wanted the opportunity to always be in a position where I could learn more than I did the day before. I couldn’t stand going into work and knowing exactly what the day was going to throw at me and how I was going to deal with it.
The only problem now was that I had to figure out how exactly I was going to prove to employers that I was worth their time. After a short period of being turned down for all of the jobs I applied for, I realised I simply didn’t have the experience that I thought I did. So rather than just begging every employer I could find to hire me on my word, I decided to take the next step and become formally educated.
This brings me to where I am currently. I have begun studying with Academy Xi to structure my learning in a way that will make sure that I am ready to take on the many challenges of programming and lay a strong foundation for who I am as a developer.
This is only the beginning and I am very excited to see where I will be this time next year!