From Fashion Model to a senior tech support job in 4 months - everything IS possible

From Fashion Model to a senior tech support job in 4 months - everything IS possible

This line speaks a lot of volume to me as I feel exactly the same way. You definitely possess the trait of someone who goes after what they want and believe in. Overall, a really inspiring story with such a quick turnaround. Thanks a bunch and best of luck with your future career! :smiley:


Thank you for sharing your experience with us, but kindly i need to ask you, how should i start learning, i didnt know how to start with freecodecamp
it looks more complicated for me

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Congratulations on your transition!

When you were learning JavaScript and watching YouTube tutorials, was there anything you couldn’t find and wish was there? Or what did some most useful tutorials contain that helped you learn?

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Hi Duraldi!

I think that for everyone there’s a different way to learn and a different pace to do it on. But what I think that’s important is that you should have a positive mindset. If you think that it is too difficult, it probably will be because you don’t see the challenge as a possibility to improve but as a possibility to fail. If you see ever little think that you learn as a small step towards your goal and don’t ask to much from yourself, you should be more positive while doing the challenges. Even if you feel like it takes too much time to solve them, lets say you solve one javascript challenge in a week, it doesn’t mean you’re too slow. It means you’re making improvements and you learnt something after that week. If you keep on doing it, trying to figure out ways that work best for you (which was for me looking up solutions on youtube and then do it myself) you will feel super proud one day! You will see that you can do it and that you grow in your learning process.


Hi Atoder!

There are so many videos out there about the JavaScript challenge! Actually I didn’t feel like there was something missing but if I would have to say something, I would say a more step-by-step tutorial where they make you do it yourself, but more segmented. In educational science we call this scaffolding.

(“In education, scaffolding refers to a variety of instructional techniques used to move students progressively toward stronger understanding and, ultimately, greater independence in the learning process.”)

If there would be lecturers out there that are willing to do this in a tutorial for every javascript challenge, I think that would be really helpful.


Wow! Congratulations!


You can start with Codecademy first, there is everything explained in simple way but very slowly. After you learn some basics on Codecademy you can get back here


Curiously enough, I’m following a very similar path (except for the modeling part, I definitely can’t afford that! :slight_smile: ). I’m trying to change my carreer path, and coding was always an interest of mine, although I’m not very good in math too. I started a while ago with Udacity, then moved to freeCodeCamp and finally I bought that same Web Developer Bootcamp on Udemy (great course, by the way). I even lost my confidence with the JavaScript exercise session, but thanks to Cole (you know him :wink: ) I’m enjoying coding again.

All of this started one month ago, so I’m a couple of steps away from beginning my first projects, even if I submitted my portfolio on freeCodeCamp already.

Considering these facts, you can trust me when I say that your story inspired me a great deal. More than you can think.

Keep us posted, if you can (and want). I wish you all the best for the future!


Many congratulations on your success! I’m Irish myself (living in America), so this gives me hope of being able to relocate home someday. Good luck with the damp Irish winter, but enjoy the Christmas! The Irish Christmas is a lot of fun, and if your company is like most companies in Ireland/Europe, you’ll probably get ample time to visit your family either way.

Like others who have replied, my path is similar to yours. However, mine is even more similar than most in that I too have a Masters in Education (I agree with your scaffolding comment BTW, and I think Quincy and others are working hard to ensure that FCC Beta is scaffolded better than the current version).

Anyway, I was wondering how much of a part your education background played in helping you get this current position if any. Do you plan to use your coding skills in the field of education at some point? Also, what tips do you have regarding tweaking your LinkedIn profile to attract the interest that you did? I’ve been wondering about that for a long time.

Last question, I promise - did you include projects that you did from Colt’s course on GitHub, or was it all unique personal projects? I’ve always been on the fence as to whether I should include stuff I’ve done from following courses like that, which is a great course BTW.

Anyway, congratulations again! I’m sure you’re overwhelmed with moving, training, etc., so thanks for taking the time to fill us in on your story.


can you give me more information on the job? type of contract, duration, fulltime-parttime. How big is the company? Is the company an agency that does body rental or is it the final company in which you will work. Do you think the salary is adequate for living?

Best luck


Thankyou Johnny!

We’ve got a similar background then! I do actually think that all my experiences helped me BUT the educational science. I don’t really see any relevance of this master course in my current job…
My bachelor, on the other hand, shows that I have a little experience with computerscience (Information- and Communication science, where the computer part is more in the name than in the practice).

But my educational background was definitely a part of my motivation. I always wanted to change real world problems, and I feel that we can change a lot in schools. I for example would love to build apps for schools to innovate them. I am still having that in the back of my mind, to do this in the future.

On LinkedIn I put that I was very interested in developing websites and made it visible for recruiters (there’s an option in Linkedin: make my profile visible for recruiters). You can put it in your title too and add some recruiters to your network. From then, I got some messages from recruiters that asked me about my specific interests and experience. The recruiter that linked me to my currentjob found my resume on another webpage, which is called toplanguagejobs.

I built the yelpcamp with the developer course and changed it into a travelblogapp. I put this app online on my Github, together with my own website (which is similar to a portfolio page) and the javaScript pages.

It is quit overwhelming but I luckily have some time to respond to all your questions.

I’m pretty sure that there are opportunities here in Ireland, with so many big IT companies here! Good luck!!

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Hi shadow-lighter,

im sorry but I cant really answer all your questions in depth since I feel like this is very confidential information and my story already gives away a lot of personal information.
But I work fulltime at the moment at a big company. I dont want to share much more about it.


Congratulations! inspirational story
if you have time, a good way to learn is also to develop a simple project that you like, practice with codeschool or codecademy and code every day.
good luck!!


ok no worries. well the company is on your Linkedin profile anyway…


I wish you the best of luck. Take care and I hope your employer treats you well.


Thank you Soooo Much for sharing your amazing story. You won’t believe how much i am happy after reading your experience. i feel like a i still have chance to find a Job after i drooped from school to learn Programming. i Just bought the “the web developer boot-camp” you mentioned and i m willing to learn hard. Thank you so much again and i feel like if everything good happens to me in the future it’s because of you

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This is so beautiful. Thank you so much! <3

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so can anybody answer the questions she was asked in the interview? what would you say?


Wow amazing! It’s really hard to believe that you’ve made it, I am on my way too right now and this is very inspiring


Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

Have you started working by now? If so- how is it going? And how was it to move so suddenly to Ireland?