The number one mistake women make when considering a career change: Jessy’s story

Jessy could have started the career of her dreams years ago. Not that she disliked her job as a math teacher. In fact, teaching ultimately helped her discover her true passion – technology.

After graduating college with a B.A. in Psychology, Jessy knew she wanted to do something a little different than following the traditional path of becoming a psychologist. She wanted to make an impact, which is what led her to education. “As education became more technology-focused, I became more interested in the technology itself than being an educator,” she said.

“If I knew then what I know now…”

But here’s the problem – Jessy had never considered technology for a career. “It just wasn’t a ‘girl’ thing to do at the time,” she said. “If I knew then what I know now…” It’s a sentiment we’ve heard time and time again (and one of the many reasons why we recently announced the Tech Opportunity Fund). Fortunately, as she began researching her options, Jessy realized that the opportunities available to her in the field of technology were wide open.

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Jessy’s interest in software development ultimately led her to consider code bootcamp. She chose to attend The Iron Yard because she knew she would learn best through our hands-on, immersive environment. “I needed to be able to ‘do’ what I was learning,” she said. “I didn’t realize how much knowledge I would gain in that short span of time. It was exhausting at times, but overall it was great!”

After graduating from the Front-End Engineering course in Orlando in 2015, Jessy accepted a position as a Junior Software Engineer in Ashburn, VA. “Looking back at all the positions and interviews I had, I know now that this was the only one that was the perfect fit,” she said. “It just took some time to get it.”

Jessy encourages those who are considering a code bootcamp to be ready for a challenge. “The Iron Yard is not easy,” she said. “You have to put a lot of effort into learning and growing over the 12 weeks.” How would she describe her experience? “In one word….. amazing!”

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