When I was working for a local bank, I am blinded to how much they are paying me. It took me 2 long years to realize that it was a DEAD END job. Let me share with you the journey to the life of a Singaporean web developer.
Since I graduated from Singapore Polytechnic in 2009, I’ve been doing WordPress websites on the side. I took it as a hobby. Because trust me, WordPress is nothing like a server side programming language (Java, C++, etc). So I enjoyed doing it. Make a little dollars here and there but nothing big.
I spent 4 long years working for a non-tech companies because I didn’t see web development as a career back then. Every developer has their own route from where they got started. I am thankful to have realize this on the 1st of April 2017. Yes, it was April Fools Day! It kept me thinking,
“Is this what I am going to do for the next 10 years? I would definitely be a ‘fool’ for not challenging myself.”
I did a brief research on courses I can take to bridge me back to the tech world. Being someone who has no work experience in this field, it’s going to be tough. I then enrolled myself to Lithan Academy. The course they provide – ‘Advance Certification Web Development’ within 6 months. I thought it was a good programme because it serves as a refresher knowing that I have programming skills back in my poly days. Their modules consist of front and back-end development.
Lithan position themselves as ‘Digital Skills Accelerator’. For those are researching on Lithan Academy, hear this out – it is a crash course. They lump various topics within 6 months. Just imagine, learning PHP + e-learning exercises + project in 1 month. That’s crazy. Close to half of my batch dropout of the programme. For whats worth, I persevere and complete the course.
Within 3-4 months
To add more misery to my hardship of learning, I lost my wallet and my laptop crashed. I got pressured and depressed. I go online to look for a cheaper alternative laptop. That crash forces me to finally get myself a refurbished 15′ MacBook Pro 2015 edition. It was kinda impulsed. But it’s all worth the money. I managed to familiarize myself using Mac as my primary machine at home.
Its quite weird to balance using 2 separate OS at home and at work. After awhile, I got used to it. So now, I can consider myself as a web developer working in a company. I used to do it for passion and hobby. It took me about 4 months to land myself a web developer job. I am grateful for what I have achieved this year.
I know the whole story above sounds like my ‘journey’ of becoming a developer. From a dead end job to the job that I always want do in 4 short months. So here’s how my day to day looks like:
- Work starts at 10, so I did a short HIIT workout in the morning. On lazy days I sleep.
- Reach work, check email inbox and reply if necessary.
- Start off doing necessary task base on urgency and priority level.
- Lunch will be at 2, my colleagues and I will end up taking slightly more than an hour at times. Not that we purposely do it, time is just not on our side.
- Back from lunch, continue with the heavy task. Crack the brain to solve bugs
- Occasionally will take breaks by watching YouTube videos of ArsenalFanTv (yes guys, I am a die hard Arsenal FC fan)
- Resume working and make sure all task
arecomplete by end day.
- Knock off work at 7, do my
Magrib(evening) prayer and head home.
- In most cases, dinner is served by my awesome mom.
- An hour or 2 before I go to bed, I will watch a few tutorials on the current web dev trends (I’m on Laravel now!)
So that’s that! For those who aspire to a career change to become a techie, web developer, web designer, or anything software engineer related, hit me up by commenting on this post. I would love