Building My Wings on the Way Down -- Career Switching From Non-Tech to Programmer and Running Out of Time

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Thank you for sharing your story and congrats on getting the apprenticeship. That’s huge!! I am a mid career changer bootcamp grad who just landed a full time offer I’m negotiating after i completed a summer apprenticeship. And for me this ride has definitely not been a smooth one but one that’s been worth the pain and effort. Can you tell me a bit more about what you’ll be doing at this apprenticeship? For me, my apprenticeship is what really helped get confident in my abilities as I too felt that I had gaps in understanding after graduating & had trouble figuring out what to focus on first. Through the apprenticeship I gained the experience, confidence, and interview examples I needed to land my full time gig. Other than that, a lot of companies still focus on CS coding challenges for interviews and while the company where I landed did not do that, I started focusing on that since I started to feel good about my engineering skills due to the apprenticeship. Colt Steele’s course on udemy is a really nice intro to data structures & algorithms for some CS fundamentals and after that it’s leetcode practice. It might not seem like it right now but landing this apprenticeship is a huge signal both to yourself and to recruiters/hiring managers that you are hireable. Make sure you update your LinkedIn, post about it, reach out to your network and let them know. You’d be surprised at how many people offer to help. Congrats again and wish you all the best! Feel free to reach out and DM me if you wanna talk more about this stuff.