Learning to Code

6 Months to $60k; How Coding Changed My Life

Everyone knows that the current economy is rough. That is especially true when it comes to finding a job.

The financial crisis seems to have closed a lot of doors, even in fields that used to be reliable.

But there is a way to get back into the game and even be better off than you were before.

Here’s my story.

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The Financial Crisis

I used to have a basic, dull office job. It paid the bills, and I didn’t mind it.

I had friends among my coworkers, and sometimes I got interesting projects to work on.

Then 2008 happened. Things got awkward around the office.

There wasn’t anything overt, but I would notice that I just wouldn’t see some people around anymore. Suddenly, it was me who was gone.

Learning to Code

I got laid off, and while the management talked about my service to the company and the potential for a turnaround, I knew I couldn’t afford to sit around and wait.

To be honest, I was also looking for an excuse to get into something with more potential for growth.

I had heard a lot about tech jobs. I didn’t know a whole lot about computers aside from the basic office work I had to do, but I thought that the idea of working in tech sounded interesting and rewarding.

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Learning to Code

With a little bit of effort, I was able to figure out a way to get started. I found a lot of websites that offered coding courses.

I eventually settled on using PluralSight courses after being recommended to them on Reddit.

Essentially, each one was a short, intensive class in a particular language or area of computer programming.

I was really excited to find something that seemed like such a good fit, so I picked some things that seemed interesting and useful and settled down to read up.

It took six weeks for me to work through the courses I had chosen.

I really loved learning about coding and programming. It felt like a whole new world had opened up to me.

The best part was that it didn’t take long to go from me knowing nothing at all to mastering some real skills.

It felt great to have something like that under my belt after years of stagnation.

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Finding a Job

Of course, there were great job benefits as well. I redid my resume to illustrate my new skills, and I started sending it out to as many tech firms as I could find.

This wasn’t my area, so I didn’t know much about where to look, but even considering my inefficient search, it was not long before I started getting calls.

In fact, my responses came back much faster than any of the previous times I had hit the job market. That was the first good sign.

The next thing I knew, I had job offers to choose from.

Coding skills are in such high demand that just spending six weeks learning some useful basics was enough to make me attractive to employers.

I wasn’t used to getting several different choices, but eventually I settled on a nice one- it put me in the sixty thousand a year ballpark, which is far more than I had been making previously.

I couldn’t believe that such a small investment had given me such a large reward.


It wasn’t just about the money, either. Coding is much more rewarding than being an office drone.

I feel like I am really making and accomplishing things now. It makes a big difference to feel connected to your work, and I never really appreciated that before.

I was originally worried that I was just changing my career path on a whim, but now that I have some experience coding in the workplace, I can see that there is real demand for this work.

Taking that course was one of the best moves of my life.

  1. Nice article Lee Ying,
    This post is close to all programmer, truly coding open new world and explore the mind thinking. In CSC field even a wordpress website can’t be success without coding.

  2. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Gaurav,

    Thanks for feedback!

    Yes, this is a wonderful post from Lee for programmers or those interested in becoming one.
    Coding lies at the foundation of everything we are doing on the web, and really opens a new world and avenues!

    Thanks for dropping by!

    Have a great week ahead!

  3. Hi Ying Lee!
    This is nice post and it motivates new bloggers and coders.
    I’m blogging and also learning how to better blogging from February 2015. I’m not earned but it changes me.
    So i can’t live without it!!!