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Monday Motivation: The Unlikely Developers

A creative female developer working on the computer

Developers are almost synonymous with solution-driven intellectual wizards. Think…Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg. They’re all developers and their rep is definitely well deserved. They have done some mystically complex stuff.

Sometimes, I’m afraid to even call myself a developer because I don’t fit the stereotype. And because of *cough*  imposter syndrome.

But if you are like me then you have spent a fair amount of time in the trenches, building things, taking classes either in college, and/or online. So, my lovelies you have earned and deserve the title of developer. Developers come in all sexes, colors, shapes and sizes. Development is one size fits all.


You may be asking yourself where is she going with all this? I’m coming to that.  If you follow me on Twitter  you may have notice that I:

  •  Like to retweet. Like a lot!
  • Share stories about self-taught developers who break into tech.

I love these stories. We need them, because we need to see developers who are relatable. Not everyone is a Computer Science grad, or has been coding since 10 (No offense if you are either, or both). And since only a select few can be a unicorns, like those aforementioned above.   I’d like to politely reminded that there are other developers like us. And they are totally relatable people who are landing jobs in technology.

Some Unlikely Developers

  1. Adrienne Lowe from Coding With Knives.
  2. Joshua Kemp 
  3. Tam Dang
  4. Melanie Pellegrino 
  5. Alisha Ramos
  6. Tia Pope
  7. Jen Myers

Consider this my Monday motivation. If you like this post and would like to see more posts like these please leave a comment below.

Computer Science Degree vs Programing Bootcamps

It is still to be determined which is the better option. I can not decide anymore, because I see the pros and cons of each. What I can say is that a computer science degree paired with a programming boot-camp would make anyone’s resume golden. I bring this  up because I find myself in this dilemma.  I’ve been working full-time and attending college part-time for the past few years working on my bachelors degree. When I began school again I was still uncertain of what I wanted to do, so I chose business. Ironically enough taking business classes has led me toward a major in Computer Science.

I have given a lot thought about the type of work I’d enjoy and the culture/environment I want to work in. I love reading and teaching myself new things everyday. I enjoy blogging, technology, creating things, and challenging myself (while moving past frustration).  I’ve thought about continuing on with a bachelors in business and attending a programming boot-camp later on, but I’m not sure how practical that will be in a few years. Additionally regardless of  how popular boot-camps are the price tag almost makes many of  them inaccessible.  

I still have  a slight case of Imposter Syndrome, and feelings of uncertainty. Sometimes I question if the top boot-camps really would admit a business major. But I would like to work in the tech industry and a bachelors in Computer Science seems like the ideal way in for me. Math is definitely not my favorite subject, and half of computer science is basically a math degree. But  I was given some valuable advice from a lovely young woman I work with,” you may not love a particular subject, but if it helps bring you closer to what you want to do learn to like it.”

It’s always good hearing other people’s stories and experiences because it helps put things into perspective. I know that by switching majors it will probably take me another year to finish my degree, but I believe that having a computer science degree will be and advantage in the future.  I know that  as an applicant without one I might be a harder sell to potential employers. So, I can’t say I’m fully on-board the boot-camp bandwagon, but I do believe in the material that is taught, and the skills that are attained. And I think they are a great supplement to a computer science education.