hey guys welcome back to my channel
today I wanted to go over why I left the health field and why I got into coding I
get asked this question a lot so I assumed that it’s a very popular
question so yeah let’s begin so let’s see I’ve been in the coding engineering
field for about two years now I quit my job at cedars-sinai in October 2015 I come from a very Asian background I’m
a first generation child my parents immigrated here from China so you know
like many other Asian parents they wanted me to become a doctor my sister’s
actually a doctor so growing up that was kind of the one pathway for me I was
never really that passionate about it but I knew like that was what I was
gonna end up doing so I went to UCI with a major in bio and I ended up graduating with
a major in public health but I tried to study very hard but I just don’t think
the passion was there for me I just did not have that dedication in
order for you to become a doctor you really need that dedication and passion
because it’s just so hard and so competitive and I just did not have it
in me so after I threw out that idea I decided to check out pharmacy I really
liked chemistry so I assumed becoming a pharmacist would be you know a lot of
fun but that didn’t work out then I tried to go through the road up becoming
physicians assistant that obviously didn’t work out and then I tried I
decided that maybe you know what healthcare admin thought that could be
the field for me so I actually took my GREs I was planning to apply to get my masters but obviously that didn’t work out so yeah I was
working at cedars-sinai as my last job in the health field I was in clinical
research it was a lot of fun I was helping a lot of people which is why I
actually agreed with my parents because I just
you know wanted to help people it benefit them it benefited me so why not
but it there was just something missing for me I needed something that allowed
me to have more of a creative outlet and it just was not something I could see
myself doing for the rest of my life so that is when I Googled top most creative
jobs and actually I think maybe the first were second one was a software engineer
or coding and that’s when I was like hmm maybe this is something I can
actually do because I was actually interested interested in a couple of
years back but I just never did much with it besides go on code Academy which is just
very basic stuff and that’s when boot camps were first starting so I actually
knew a couple of my friends who went to boot camp and I talked to them and they
just seemed to love it and I did my research. there was like
maybe general assembly another one I forget and Coding dojo was just starting
and that’s the one I decided to go to it was about 14 weeks $12,000 I used up all my
savings by that time I parents are like do whatever you want
we’re not gonna give you money I actually got maybe a early bird special
as well as a woman scholarship I just had to like write a page about why I
wanted to go into coding so ended up becoming
maybe about eight thousand which is still a lot but I guess it’s not as much
as grad school so yeah I quit my job or I gave my notice in June 2015 and
I quit in October 2015 and I started in November 2015 and I it was one of the
best decisions I’ve ever made it was hard
I’ve never did any coding before it besides code academy in which all I did
was HTML CSS which is very very basic stuff I went in the first day and I was
like oh my god what was I thinking I quit everything I had no experience in
this field I’m literally starting completely new and it was a hard 14
weeks actually it was a hard maybe six months because the 14 weeks flew by fast
I was there from 8 a.m. to maybe like 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. depending and honestly
it’s whatever you put into it you get out of it so I just you know worked
really hard because I knew I had no other option
so I graduated end of January 2016 and that’s when I started looking for
jobs which was maybe the hardest part of this whole entire journey and it’s very
hard to find a job if you have no experience or no degree in something so
I applied to maybe 10 to 15 jobs everyday where every other day got
plenty of rejection emails or maybe even got ignored plenty of times I felt very
discouraged a lot but I literally knew I had another choice so I just kept on
going until finally a company said yes to me thank God they decided to take a
chance on me and I was there for maybe about
year and a half it was a start up in Irvine and now I’m on to my next job
I’ve been on my new job for about four months now
and yeah I’m just very happy with where I am I’m really happy I took the leap
because if not I would probably still be in clinical research and I just don’t
think I would would have been as happy with it but yeah if you guys are going
through this and you guys have any questions please comment down below I
would love to hear about it I am an advocate for women in tech and
even if you’re not a woman just it’s awesome being in the tech field it
really is and I love how I can work in any field actually because pretty much
everything needs some kind of technology these days so I just before I just
couldn’t see myself being stuck at a hospital for the rest of my life I just
really needed a creative outlet and I feel like with software engineering there’s
so much things I can do with it which is awesome and I am just very excited about
what the future holds for me and yeah so I hope you guys enjoyed my little spiel
about why I left the field and if you guys have any questions or any concerns
or you guys need some advice or you want some resource about
where to find some kind of stuff just comment down below and I will be happy
to answer but yeah thanks for watching and I will see you guys next time bye


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BR/NDO · July 7, 2018 at 5:29 am

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm sure a lot of us have been playing with the idea of attending a bootcamp. It's interesting to hear from people who actually took the leap

Motivated Motivation · August 18, 2018 at 2:41 am

First off, congratulations on making that transition!!! Software engineering seems so intimidating for newbies (or those considering it as a hobby). Are their any resources online that you recommend where I can teach myself the basics? (I mean, the very basics lol). Thanks 🙂

Battle Hound Gaming · September 17, 2018 at 3:10 am

Why you no doctor yet

GUNNER Travel and Event · October 17, 2018 at 6:31 am

Hi Interesting story. I have a feeling that you are bored in coding and decided to try some creative stuff at youtube lol. From the video that you publish, i cannot see any programmer blood in you lol.
Can you share what Programming language your learn first, second until now?
i try to become programmer and learn Mobile using andoid studio, but failed, my java is not strong enough

Proxy Dope · November 26, 2018 at 12:05 am

Love your story, love your story.. starting my journey right!

Leakhena Veakrakmann · December 10, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Thank you so much for posting this. You have really inspired me to take that chance I have been playing around in my head for over the last decade. You rock girl!!

Iven Vencatasawmy · December 13, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Congrats for your successful career change;
It takes a great deal of courage in working up hard to change field;
Wish you all the best for your future endeavours in software engineering

Stevie Hamid · January 18, 2019 at 5:09 pm

Wow! Watching this really helped me out! I was literally in the same boat as you med school drop out here… and now I am currently 2 weeks into my software engineering degree!

soulseeker · February 10, 2019 at 3:28 am

dang you are cute

idris · February 12, 2019 at 4:21 pm

What languages did you have to learn. And what languages do you use at work?

sweetpuff101 · February 28, 2019 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for posting the video I felt like your were telling my story, my family wanted me to be a doctor and here I am just graduated in software engineering in July and starting my new job as a software developer for the health care industry. Do you have any tips on starting your first job and how different is it from university? I feel like I would be asking so many questions and I would need a lot of training
Thank you

Lamar Mohsen · March 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Hi Jessica, I'm a 25 years old 3rd year medical lab student, I'm really not happy with my degree and it has no promising future job and I've started to learn how to code about a year ago and I totally lost interet in completing my degree in med lab because memorising medical stuff is starting to make more and more tired and I'm thinking about dropping out and go study software engineering but I'm afraid that I'm too old to start uni all over again and I'm not sure if I'm that good in mathematics. What do you suggest?
Please comment back

Steve T · March 19, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Thanks for the video. I was a high school science teacher for 7 years and tried to help students find a path to continue their studies. I myself have a degree in chemistry, but I realize not all students enjoy science. Two things I recommended to all my students: try to learn all the math you can, and take some computer classes regardless of your major. It's nice to hear a story like yours since so many high school student feel so lost searching for a career path.

Amanda Marie · March 22, 2019 at 8:02 pm

I'd love to chat with you sometime about your experience. I was in tech services/HC interaction for many years and already have a masters (not in CS), but I wanted to do either DBA or Sdev. So I've taken a ton of classes at a college (mostly sdev, some dbms though) and started looking for that new job but I can't just move to anywhere in the country. Were you applying all over the US or a particular area? I'm looking in a 6 million ppl area currently.

Just8Ate · March 23, 2019 at 11:58 am

I feel like i got to know you a little more… my fashionista…i have to agree with you about the whole asian parents thing… my mom still bugs me to be a nurse…lol…when im like …um… that is not me… im happy to hear that you are now happy with your career path with coding.. awesome to hear your story 8)

cookie · March 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm

Just came across your channel, any updates ? Are you still in the tech field?

renae gray · April 12, 2019 at 5:21 am

I have a lot of questions. Is there any way that we can talk outside of the comments?

Some Person · April 16, 2019 at 3:57 am

Software engineering is a great field. I've been a software engineer for eleven years and I love it. I wish you the best.

Ella · April 19, 2019 at 5:27 am

I was premed for 3 years and it was my parents wanted me to be a Dr, I loved the field as I love helping people but my soul wasn't all into it, I knew I would feel unhappy being in a hospital with crazy hours all the time.
Thanks for sharing, I am taking my first courses for software engineering this fall, I heard from people that they got a computer science degree and a master in software eng, was your major software eng from beginning ?

Victory B. · April 30, 2019 at 1:22 am

Hi hun. Looking back do you think it would have been possible to self study and get the same results or did the coding bootcamp really boost you to the next level??

Jon Bascos · May 3, 2019 at 6:40 pm

I’m currently a paramedic and going to be attending a coding boot camp starting in July 😊. Really looking forward to it.

Spill_the_ Tea · May 11, 2019 at 3:28 am

Can you provide a video for those who want to learn how to be a software engineer?

brandy mcfarland · May 19, 2019 at 1:09 am

Hi Jessica

Thanks yiu for your story i feel like im going theough the same thing right now. I'm really thinking of leaving nursing. For software engineering but im really scared because i dont know much about coding but its very interesting to me and i really want to pursue it. I feel just stuck .

SD Buys Atlanta Area Houses · May 28, 2019 at 12:09 am

I'm thinking about getting into the software engineering or computer information systems at asu. What do you suggest? And is a certification the way to go?

T. T · June 1, 2019 at 5:21 am

My story is kind of similar to yours, so I'm glad I came across your video! The first 3-4 months of this year have been tough. Deciding not to pursue medicine anymore literally felt like a bad breakup. It took weeks to really make peace with that decision. I'm just starting my journey in software development and I'm really happy I ended up here. I wish I did it earlier, before spending all those years pursuing medicine because it took a toll on my mental health and even my self worth. I worked in clinical research after undergrad and it was so blah after a few months. I remember seeing my friends thriving in creative careers and deep down I yearned to do the same, but I was so stubborn I'd ignore the feeling because medicine was life at the time and I felt it was my only option.

Ahmed Gamal · June 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Would you marry me😘

David Kim · June 5, 2019 at 9:11 pm

Hey Jessica, Thank you so much for posting your video. I am also trying to change my career from Acct/Finance to software engineer. I have tones of questions that need to be answered. So if you could answer some of the questions that I have, I will highly appreciate your help! And I am glad that you graduated from UCI, cuz I am actually planning to register the coding boot camp program at UCI! Here are some of the questions I have:

1. I heard the job market for a Software developer is not like a few years ago. Do you think the graduates from boot camps still have a chance these days?

2. And how did you get prepared for the job after you graduate boot camp? Did you constantly build your portfolio and attended networking events?

3. And what are the best ways for job hunting and building connections?

Thank you for your help and wish you the best for your life as a software engineer!

Amanda Marie · June 17, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for sharing your story 🙂 I've changed fields to FT development now too so its great to hear stories from other women for whom its a 2nd path, like me. If you have time, I'd like to talk or text with you about this field, I'm still new enough I'm still learning. -Amanda

Flightcrew · June 22, 2019 at 5:00 am

Great video, thanks! I'm studying wedev and have taken a C++ semester class before. I'd like to keep up C++ skills as a system language even though it's not directly related to webdev. In your place of work are they using Go?

Eunice Lam · June 27, 2019 at 6:15 am

Realistically how much should I save up beforehand to have a peace of mind.. and also how did you know this was the right passion or interest to pursue and invest in! Thank you

Taishe Kenya · June 30, 2019 at 4:33 pm

story of my life!

Ghost Walker · July 3, 2019 at 1:32 pm

I graduated with a degree in finance and economics had my eyes set on high finance(i-banking, m&a, etc) obviously that didn't work out. Anyways went back to school to do accounting with a grad diploma and currently doing the cpa. I absolutely hate it and want to make a career change; it also seems that my friends in tech are better paid and more happy with their jobs. I learned matlab, R, stata, sql(to some extent), vba and learned C (C was years ago though). I live in Toronto and any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. I always had my eyes set on tech but never thought I'd be good at it but from what i've heard from others no one is good at it in the beginning until they keep practicing and learning.

Anyways sorry for the long post and would love any advice!

Sasha Walker · July 10, 2019 at 12:46 pm

almost the same story for me! thanks for sharing!

Jazz E · July 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm

I am hitting a lot of mental blocks along the way. Do you have any advice in bypassing mental blocks? I love tech and love CS and really want to succeed in that area. Currently I am just watching everyone else pass me and move on while I am stalled on the runway. Appreciate the help!

Mark H · July 30, 2019 at 5:07 pm

You are an amazing person!
Good luck on your path.
Hope I’ll take this leap someday.

Kim Artienda · August 11, 2019 at 2:18 am

I've been working in accounting department for three years but i've realized that I wanted to be a software engineer soon. Im currently studying basic programming and hopefully I can get a job after few weeks.

Freeway Jay · August 11, 2019 at 5:39 pm

I just turned 30 this April. I’m a truck driver who became a truck driver to get out of retail banking. Tech has always been my dream. I want to be a software developer/engineer but my fear is now that I am 30 I’d be looked at as too old. I really want to make a career out of this. I make decent money now so its not really the money. I make around 90k which is perfect for me in combination with my wifes income. I just really want to be working on something that fulfills my love for tech and futurism. Im enrolled at the online side of thr university southern new hampshire university as a computer science – Software Development major but theres an entry level Python course that has kicked my butt. I withdrew from it twice. Felt like a failure and took a break from school. Ive been debating on a bootcamp or just re-registering for that course after taking some external course on python and java. I really want this. Just have had a string sense of failure after withdrawing. I was completely new to code and never good at math in general anyway but this is something I know i have within myself

madyfilipinocanadian · August 20, 2019 at 12:26 am

Hi, Im a nurse and would like to get into software as well, it took me so much time to decide but its now or never situation. I dont know where to begin with, kindly reply where to start and what program to take atleast to know the basics. im totally new in this area. my email [email protected]

sauce force · August 24, 2019 at 8:08 pm

I tried to switch, failed now I'm looking at homelessness.

This anyone can code thing is a lie

vbaime2 · September 5, 2019 at 2:05 am

Can you please speak to compensation expectations, especially when you’re new to the field. Numbers please if you don’t mind

Anthony Candaele · September 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

thanks for sharing. I'm kind of in the same situation. I'll start a bootcamp, next year in februari, but sometimes I feel insecure about my decision. Your testimony encourages me to carry on.

cyclops 123 · September 17, 2019 at 1:47 am

Im switching.to.comptia tests to start
.my background.is maintenance but….ill start doung them

uber mensch · November 3, 2019 at 4:14 am

i don't have the courage to youtube it, but i'm a doctor that's getting my CS degree. I'm going for software engineering (veteran benefits make the tuition free, i just have to bankroll expenses).

p nguyen · November 8, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Hi Jessica , i have a few Q to ask you about software engineer. Did you build projects from code languages that you learned ? Which code languages did u learn to land on job search ? My email [email protected]

aarich119 · November 22, 2019 at 2:37 am

I too am looking to become a software engineer as well.

parada preepream · November 27, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Your video is an inspiration to me, I just quilt my job from the health filed because I want to go to coding boot camp school, no experience about codding. I did the same things you did study online code academy. Please wish me luck.

Amy L · November 28, 2019 at 10:26 am

I really appreciate this video. I graduated 3 years ago with a Sociology degree, and I feel like I haven’t made any career moves. I been doing assistants job and it is stressing me out so such. Right now, I’m thinking of making a career change at 25 and this video really made me think about taking courses. How did you know that coding is where you want to be?

Amy Zheng · November 30, 2019 at 4:14 am

Can you do a video on perhaps what you learned during bootcamp, what you do at your current job, resources to make the career transition?

FirahFabe · December 7, 2019 at 2:58 am

Thanks for this, I enjoy hearing the stories of people getting their way into software engineering, especially since I'm currently facing this right now, the job hunt struggle is real. I graduated also from a coding bootcamp, but came from a bachelor's in music and anthropology. I still do music on the side but looking more towards tech as a day-career.

But hearing from another coding bootcamp grad landing their first job just sounds so fulfilling because of how much imposter syndrome we face of not coming from traditional CS background.

DivinaRose Mukbang · December 15, 2019 at 6:46 am

This made me feel so much better. I was going to school for nursing, but I realized that it wasn't for me. I was forcing myself to think that this is what I wanted to do. Now I'm going to pursue software programming

Maxima S · December 17, 2019 at 2:41 am

I started self studying for SQL developer job. Message me if anyone is interested in joining me!

knowledge of Self · December 18, 2019 at 4:40 am

Omg can i wife you

Jay Da · December 19, 2019 at 1:05 am

Really inspirational. Thank you Jessica 🙂

K Minnie · December 20, 2019 at 2:53 am

How do you list coding boot camp on resume?

Clinton Waters · December 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

I'm 2 weeks in to my coding bootcamp and its definitely a grind. Any tips on how to study?

Alphablue13 · December 27, 2019 at 5:15 am

Hi I’m going to go back to school and am interested in a few programs.
What do you think is better a computer engineering , software developer or electronics engineering degree?
Right now leaning more towards a software developer degree.
Any feedback would be great. Some tips or ways to prepare.

kogepanx3 · December 28, 2019 at 6:03 am

Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I actually went through something very similar to you. I went to UCI as well as a Bio major and ended up switching to Public Health Sciences. I graduated in 2013 and I have been working at a doctor's office. I feel like I don't have the education to pursue something higher, but at the same time I'm not sure I want to stay in the medical field. I am also thinking of computer science but I am not sure which field to go into software engineer, data science, cyber security, etc. How did you decide which one to go into?

Sofia Summer · December 31, 2019 at 4:03 am

Thank you for sharing!

MBPrincesa · January 3, 2020 at 8:13 am

This is me!!!!! I’m switching careers!!!!

LUIS ALDANA · January 6, 2020 at 6:35 am

Hi Jessica,
I'm a 37 year old guy who is looking to start a new career in coding. Do you think I'm too old? I also have a family 2 kids. Do you think that taking online courses will be helpful, or is better to go to an actual classroom? What are your thoughts based on your experience? Thank you!

Tiisetso Chris · January 13, 2020 at 8:16 am

I think boot camp is the perfect direction to go to if you really want to become a software engineer

aarich119 · January 13, 2020 at 4:11 pm

Oh so you took a general assembly. Coding dojo 14 week $12k Bootcamp, ended up paying $8k from savings. I am looking to get into coding as well.

Kotcharat Sukkasem · January 16, 2020 at 2:17 pm

My degree is an Industrial engineering and I decide to become a software developer as well. I am currently in the program. It is only one more year left. I like this field very much, but at the same time I also struggle sometimes. I wonder if we are working for the real job. Are we stress a lots? or why is this job make you full fill?

Baron Boyscout · January 19, 2020 at 7:45 pm

I'm involved in clinical research now and have flirted with the idea of going to a coding boot camp. My concern is that I would be at a competitive disadvantage when I apply for jobs because I don't have a degree in computer science and I wouldn't have any experience either. I was wondering how long did it take to get your first software engineer job after boot camp?

Al Darfco · January 20, 2020 at 2:29 pm

good choices jessica. we don't need any more mindless vaccine pushers

Akin Andwele · January 27, 2020 at 10:00 pm

Could you answer the following in your Q&A video?:

What was coding boot camp like? And would you recommend Coding Dojo overall?

What is it like working in Blockchain? What should someone looking to get into blockchain dev look into studying?

Andres Ramirez · January 27, 2020 at 11:26 pm

I was recently let go from an IT tech support job. I was only one month in but i was better off happy. It really made question myself if IT is a field for me. This was a big let down because for the past two years i was looking for a full time IT position, I got it but it ended up in disaster. I have learned that speaking to people on the phone and solving their problems is not my strong suit. More importantly i was not comfortable, this is because i don't like other people hearing my conversations which is unavoidable in these kinds of jobs. My gut is telling me to pursue something else. I have always had an interest in computers but after what happened i don't know what to do in anymore. I am really thinking of doing something in engineering and or development in software. I don't know where to start, Any advice?

Jose Gramajo · January 28, 2020 at 2:43 pm

Good Afternoon Jessica, I hope you are having a great week. Do you recommend coding bootcamps? or do you feel that they are a scam.

Peter S · January 28, 2020 at 6:06 pm

Congrats and thank you for posting this. I'm considering changing careers and your video is very inspiring.

Jacqui Orhena-Tule · January 28, 2020 at 8:28 pm

Yours is an inspiring story, I'm so happy for you. I would appreciate help with a list of organisations that give women scholarships in the I.T. fields. Hope to be on this same journey soon.

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