In my free time I like to teach others how to code and guide newcomers to find their entry in software development.
How did I become software developer
As self taught developer I started very early to learn programming. I think I was about 14 years old when I got the first time in touch with coding.
Back then I was fairly inexpirienced and probably a bit naiv when I got my first reference book for C++.
I barely understood anything besides the basics such as printing something to the console and writing basic functions. Pretty fast I switched over to web development and started first learning PHP since it was back then quite easy to learn, shortly after HTML and CSS followed and I learned how to write some markup and styles.
With those skills in the bag I moved to Java, to a little experimental GUI and 2d graphics programming since I was also a huge gamer back then. I liked Java quite a bit but I still had my trouble to understand the larger picture on how software is orchestrated and organized, also I was pretty slow since all I did was some smaller side projects.
Since I got my hands on my very first PC I knew I wanted to work with computers, even though I didn't have a specific imagination about what exactly I would like to do.
Because I still worked in non technical jobs and also for personal growth I decided at some point to change my path of life. I made a five year plan to get all required degrees that would allow me to attend University. (This is based on the German education system)
Luckely I got immediate responses from almost all companies I applied to. Several positions required short technical interviews or some test task to fulfill. Within approximately a month I was accepted at my first Junior software developor position on the other side of the country and I gladly moved to finally get the job I've always dreamed of.
That was now almost four years ago and since then I have left my birth country and work now as Software Developer for an amazing start up in the Netherlands.