At the same time I was getting really interested in business and had a couple of internships under my belt. I had worked at an innovation consultancy, as well as a private equity house, and I really enjoyed reading Marc Andreessen's and Andrew Chen's online essays.
These two interests - in coding and business - were very symbiotic. The awe-inspiring (and cool) business success stories of the last 30 years have been driven, in large part, by programming.
So I decided to get in on the ground floor with the whole digital thing. In particular I wanted (1) to engage with the digital community and (2) be able to build MVPs. Le Wagon gave me both of those things, which I'm so grateful for. By week 7 of the bootcamp we were producing a unique MVP every two days, which felt pretty fantastic.
The course was really empowering. Even in my current position as an analyst (I didn't choose to become a developer) I use my coding knowledge every day, whether communicating effectively with the engineering team or navigating my way through millions of data points. Learning a coding language also felt akin to what I imagine learning the Latin language must have felt like in Medieval Britain - like I could suddenly engage with all the great ideas and people of our time, that were previously locked away.
It opened my eyes and shocked me how much 'more' I could see in everyday life - like I'd broken into the matrix, or seen how the sausage gets made.
On the other hand, I'd have liked to have realised earlier that there's a massive difference between 'technology' and 'coding' - the latter is only a subset of the former, and most contemporary powerful 'technological' innovations come from 'deep tech' which goes far above and beyond coding.
But learning how programmers problem-solve, how they work in teams, and also how digital information is structured was a fantastic learning experience and (I hope!) will lead me to many more exciting places in the future!