Learning to code so that you can land a job in tech can feel daunting. That's why we're sharing inspiring stories from Codecademy's community — to show how people like you (yes, you!) can embark on a learning journey and end up with a totally new career. We hope these stories serve as a reminder that there's no single path to a more fulfilling work life.
Today's story is from Petko Georgiev, a 29-year-old Implementation Engineer at DXC living in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria. Read more stories from Codecademy learners here — and be sure to share your story here.
Why I chose to learn to code
How I made time to learn
"I stole time where I could. Sometimes, I woke up as early as 5a.m. to get three hours of coding in before work. I also used my lunch hour to get some coding in."
How I saved up enough money to switch careers
"I was still working as a manager at the plastics company while I studied coding."
How long it took me to find a job
"Two years from when I started learning."
How I got in the door
"I sent like seven or eight CVs, and nobody would call me back or I’d get a rejection. One of my friends that works at Poker Stars advised me to check my CV again and add some competencies. I think that helped a lot. The new CV got me an interview."
How I nailed the interview
"I expected more technical questions, but actually there were very few. Basically nothing hard. The most important thing was a positive attitude! Even if they ask something you don’t know, you’ve gotta show a positive attitude and a willingness to learn."
How I evaluated the offer
"My company DXC is based in the capital of Bulgaria, and the salaries there are much higher than where I live (outside the capital). The salary DXC offered for a junior position was equivalent to the manager level position in my town. The benefits were incredible. Life insurance for me and my family, additional coverage for health insurance, and a work-from-home policy. They provided everything: desks, laptops, monitors, docking stations, chairs… everything. It was incredible!"
How day one & beyond went
"It started hard. They had some issues with the platform, and I couldn’t set up my laptop and my working station. But it was a global problem, and support did really well and fixed the problem. By the end of the work day, I was already home with my laptop."
What I wish I knew before I started learning
"My biggest challenge was me. When I started, I was super motivated: I’d learn in the mornings, in the afternoons, while my kid was asleep, and on weekends. After about two weeks, I relaxed. And then it was hard to get back into the habit. Motivation flies away faster than you expect. I really had to discipline myself to get up, study, and follow my goals."
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