This is important because not every problem needs a program. In these past few months, I was exposed to so many new technologies, and I know that it is just the beginning! Know when you’re not on the right career track. Our weekly one-on-ones helped me to stay on track and gain confidence in my software engineering skills. It definitely worked out for the best, because every semester I would spend hours searching for and applying for scholarships. I remember feeling excited and accomplished when my code would finally work! So I jumped into React and Node, and that's where I'm currently the happiest. Hi friends, I'm a mechanical engineer with 6 yrs experience in oil and gas engineering industry. Then I dived into plugin work with PHP, and that made me research more of the free online coding resources. His extensive and deep technical knowledge about the Optimizely products and overall company structure has been key to my successful internship experience. Get started, freeCodeCamp is a donor-supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (United States Federal Tax Identification Number: 82-0779546). If you can't get into Software, switch to ECE then if you really want to switch to Software later, it'll be super easy since the courses are almost identical as long as you maintain an acceptable average. I spent most of my time coordinating with other disciplines and modelling HVAC systems in Revit or AutoCAD. We worked with PIC micro-controllers using C and I was hooked. But cars were still in the back of my mind. HPuck35 2158 replies 17 threads Senior Member. They use it heavily in most of the fields like Automobile Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Tool Design, etc. Shortly after, I applied to. And I ran into a few people who flat out told me they didn't want someone like me around for long. It was a little VTech laptop and I loved that thing. Here are some tips I picked up along the way that may be helpful for anyone thinking about transitioning into a software engineering career. I considered dropping out several times during this period, but my mom and grandma keep me encouraged. I met with him every week to go over my progress and we maintained constant Slack communication. About a week later, I was contacted by an Optimizely recruiter who scheduled an hour-long Zoom interview with two software engineers and Hack Reactor alumnae, Jessica Chong and Acacia Pappas. That didn't seem like a real job at the time, so I satiated that desire by drawing pictures of concepts I thought were cool. That's where the final difficult decision came. You will be amazed by how much you can achieve once you start the journey! After working for 13 years in structural field, now I have advantage of having knowledge and experience in both Mechanical and Civil Engineering fields. And of course, talk to an academic adviser or admissions office for help. The amount of material covered in the first half was enormous. How did you find out about I/Own It? He was also the one who sent me the link to the Optimizely I/Own It program that he knew about from other students in his cohort. My team was based at Merck in West Point, the largest pharmaceutical facility in Pennsylvania. So I started taking some of the design principles I had never gotten a chance to apply to cars, and applying them to my personal software projects. 2.) They think in terms of satisfying needs and solving problems. Donations to freeCodeCamp go toward our education initiatives, and help pay for servers, services, and staff. Hack Reactor Software Engineering Immersive was unlike any other educational program I had ever attended. On the other hand, it sounds like you need to explore environmental engineering and chemical engineering to see if you would like one of those better. 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