My name is Meagan Carter and I live in Toronto, Ontario. I am currently working as a waitress at a very busy establishment in the downtown core. Also, I recently graduated from a 3-year Business Administration program from George Brown College. In my spare time, I enjoy scuba diving recreationally which has me traveling all over the world exploring new ocean life. My long-term boyfriend and I recently got engaged last August, and we are also beginning to plan a family. This is a big year for changes, and I can’t wait to see what is in store!
Living in Toronto, the job market is extremely hard to break into, entry-level positions still require at least 1-2 years of experience in the field. With my background in general business, I was getting nowhere fast when searching for a career to settle into. That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands and build my own business as a freelance web developer and digital marketer. As I began my journey with Altcademy, I began to realize just how passionate I am about coding. I can honestly say that choosing this course has made me feel confident moving forward in my life.
I absolutely love my experience with Altcademy! The text-based approach has really increased the knowledge I have been able to attain. Personally, watching too many video lessons has a negative effect on my learning ability. I find I tend to space out and miss large chunks of the material being taught. By actually having to read the information I am able to stay engaged and interact with the lessons. I also really enjoyed the cloning assignments from the first course. As a person with 0 previous experience, those assignments really forced me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to really learn what needed to be done.
I have never coded a day in my life, so pretty much everything has been a challenge so far. The way I approach these situations is by breaking things down into the simplest context to prevent getting overwhelmed. I like to attack challenges in smaller pieces which results in the challenge as a whole being overcome. When I reached my first cloning assignment, I kind of just stared at the computer with a big question mark hanging over me for the first few minutes. I really liked how the program gave me a guideline on the best way to work through building the assignment. I was able to use that guideline as a starting ground for breaking my challenge up into smaller pieces. Once I organized each section of the site into a different category, the challenge of cloning my first site was nowhere near as intimidating as it was when I looked at it as a whole. Plus as you move through each smaller section of a larger challenge, you get to feel a sense of accomplishment that helps push you through the next part!
I live by my day planner because I enjoy being able to visualize my accomplishments, I achieve every week. At the start of the week, I create a learning goal based on how much of the course I want to finish by the end of the week. After I have chosen a realistic learning goal for the week, I then schedule blocks of time to work on the material. I aim for 3 hours of work at a time, but sometimes I get so into it that hours will pass by without me even noticing. With my shift work as a waitress, it is impossible for me to sit down with the work 7 days a week (double shifts can be a nightmare at the restaurant). However, I find that most weeks I can manage at least 5 days of coursework a week. Overall, daily planners are essential to my success!
As I said earlier, I want to build myself up in the freelance world to a point where working for myself is sustainable. Something I have taken from this whole learning experience is that I love being on my own schedule and working from the comfort of my home. I also mentioned that starting a family is something I see in the near future. I want the freedom to better balance my work and family life. Another bonus is that the freelance world allows me to continue traveling. Working shift work as a waitress has made taking time off for travel extremely attainable, as long as I am not trying to request off busy seasons. I want to continue living life the way I do now but on my own terms.
"As soon as I finish this program, I switch my career path and start working on software and programming!"
"You get to build cool stuff in projects by using the knowledge you have learned"
Going from beginners to professional coders, 85%+ of Altcademy alumni are hired within 6 months after graduation
Cohort 82 begins on October 2nd, 2023
Learn back-end development with Ruby and Rails. Computer science fundamentals with practical programming skills.