How I became A coder in a rural town.

This Blog series will follow my journey to became a coder in a small town called Bega.

My name is Jorden Dakis,  I finished school in 2013 and at that time I didn’t have a clue on what I wanted to do! So I decided to get a job and save some money and give myself some time to think about what direction I wanted to take – 5 years on and I’ve discovered a path that will help me work towards what it is I want to do and that path was to learn Coding/web-site development.

Coding really interests me, I have always had skills with computers but never tried to hone in on those skills or considered them a potential avenue of employment. If I was to do this I could use these skills in the future for my own business and to help me gain a valuable skillset!

The most daunting part is…just on 4 weeks ago I quit my very stable job. But I needed to do something else. With no job to go to and only a vague idea of where to start, I quit, despite being advised it was potentially a bad idea – I decided to take a leap of faith and set out on an unknown journey to create a more fulfilling and valuable life for myself!

After around 4 days of unemployment I received a message from Adam Buckley, who is a coder himself at 2pi Software in Bega asking if I wanted to come in and have a chat. So the next day I made my way to the CoWs Near The Coast (co-working space) to talk to Adam, it was an awesome conversation and ended with being told that I was welcome to study at CoWs and eventually possibly a job! A week after I had a chance to speak with Liam O’Duibhir (co founder of 2Pi Software) and Jason Badham (web-developer/designer at 2pi software), another pleasant conversation, I was told that I could have potential work there once I have learned enough which was amazing!

It’s been amazing so far spending time there, meeting everyone, receiving so much advice and knowledge. I’ve started to learn the basics of front end coding; starting with HTML, CSS and Javascript. I’m using the site FreeCodeCamp as well as other sources recomnended to me by the staff at 2pi Software. So far I’ve made a draft webpage and have started on my portfolio which is very exciting and interesting. I am excited about developing my skills further and learning how I can apply these skills in a meaningful way within a business environment!

The biggest lesson I have learned so far is that if you put yourself out there, oppurtunities will come to you.

Thanks for reading, till next month! Jorden Dakis.