Jonathan Pickard had a job that many only dream of. For 11 years, he played video games professionally. He competed in six world championships and traveled all over the globe. Why did he give it up? “It’s a career that’s...
Not many people have the courage or drive to uproot their lives and relocate 6,000 miles...for a dream. But Aboozar Mojdeh is not most people. Inspired by instinct alone, Aboozar jumped into the unknown—and into the University of Toronto Coding...
“I definitely have really bad imposter syndrome,” Donovan Lowkeen admitted. What he doesn’t say speaks louder: this one-time district manager abandoned his familiar, comfortable retail job for a position that challenges him daily—a full stack web developer at a financial...
Navy veteran Daniel Smith was stuck. Working as a school bus driver, he felt like his career was at a red light. “I wanted to find a career that I enjoyed while giving me a good paycheck, not just a...
Rebecca Gemeinhardt went in for an interview with Shell not knowing what to expect. “I didn’t think it would be real. I thought it was a joke.” Eight hours later, she got the call. Rebecca, art school graduate, got a...
Faced with the stressful decision that all high school seniors encounter, Caleb Martinez made a choice that would put him on an exciting path. At 18, Caleb used his passion for code to become the youngest teaching assistant in Trilogy...
From age 15, Fred Lintz worked in bike shops—as a technician, sales rep, and then manager. He loved it, but knew it wasn’t what he wanted to do for life. “I was working every weekend and it was exhausting....
When Toronto resident Lisa Freedman found out she had breast cancer, she asked herself a simple question. What’s my passion? At 58, the legal adjudicator knew the answer. It wasn’t the law; it was technology. Coupled with her diagnosis,...
On the first day of their Georgia Tech Coding Boot Camp, Thomas Yeager, Alexander Gonzalez, and Geoffrey Goodwin walked into class separately. Four months later, they walked in as a team—with a fourth team member, not quite human. Taking it...
Editor's Note: This piece originally written by Andrew Guest appeared on the UC Berkeley Extension Voices Blog. It is reprinted here with UC Berkeley's permission.  Learning how to code in just 12 weeks takes stamina and fortitude to get through the...

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