How I Made a Career Change in my Thirties, and Other Scary Things

Registered dietetic technician turned software engineer and stronger.

Photo by Ross Findon

If you have long abandoned your last career and you are looking for that first software engineering job after a bootcamp or non-traditional coding program or study, I know exactly how you feel. I was cold-applying and networking like crazy to any and every opportunity I could get my hands on, but the rejections kept on coming.

"Thank you for your interest in So Spectacular Unicorn Startup. We've reviewed your background and unfortunately it's not a match for our hiring needs at the moment."
"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me and the team at Billion Dollar Better Than You Technologies. Unfortunately we have a few other candidates who we feel have experience that aligns more with our current needs."
Over time my courage and heart sank deeper and my fear and anxiety grew taller. So how was I able to carry on?