It was after I was fired from my fourth job that I decided to switch careers.
As much as I hated what I was doing back then, I couldn't afford to leave it. I had been unemployed for nearly a year before taking the job. I had gotten fired from that job too, and I had burned through all my savings and maxed out my credit cards. When I had started job number four, I was already working two jobs just to have money for the mortgage and food.
I wasn't bankrupt, but I had less than twenty dollars to my name.
Until that point I had spent my working life predominantly in manufacturing, making parts for the appliance and automotive industries. Manufacturing was a hard job; I got into the factory early and left late, it was a dark and dirty floor, and my co-workers were a rough, easily irritable lot. Also, at that time many of the big American manufacturers were just discovering how cheap the labor was in China, so the manufacturing jobs were starting to leave the country, never to return.
I thought about all this sitting at the bar, after being escorted off the property. And I realized that manufacturing wasn't a good career for me.
So, now what? I thought about what I did I was actually good at, and that people would pay for.
At the job I had just left, my boss had our IT staff set up a Microsoft Access database for tracking quality control. One of the projects I had been assigned during my time there was to expand the database to include inspection results for incoming raw materials.
It was the lone bright spot of my tenure there. Not only did I good job at it, I was actually engrossed with the work. At one point, I had spent an entire night perfecting the user experience. Not because I was facing a deadline, but because I couldn't go to bed until I had tweaked just one more feature to perfection.
I also thought back to previous jobs. I always seemed to be the one who was comfortable around computers. The secretaries were always coming to me to ask me to show them how to do something in Word or Excel. Even the engineers were asking me how to make the computer do something that seemed hard.
I was good with computers. And anyone living in the 21st century knows that people pay good money to work with computers.
I enrolled for a certification program, but the sole benefit from that was getting my foot in the door for my first IT job. Once I got in, I kept studying more in my spare time to expand my knowledge base. I also sought out other coding professionals to learn more, not just about coding, but also about the trade of coding: managing projects, working with users, communicating effectively with stakeholders, and many other "soft" skills.
It took years of learning, but switching careers from factories to computers took me from the edge of bankruptcy to a six-figure salary with NASDAQ-listed companies.
I want to share that knowledge with you.
You may just be starting out in coding. You may be working an entry-level technician's job. I can teach you both the hard and soft skills you need to go from 40 to 60 thousand, to making a six-figure salary yourself.
Yes, you could find this information yourself on StackExchange, Reddit, or Udemy. But it will take you a lot of time, and you will make many mistakes along the way. If you have an experienced mentor to guide you, it will take you a lot less time and effort.