I try not to think too much about who I am and where I am. I’m not alone, and not unsupported and unencouraged (from all angles), which makes things seem right, even if I barely know left from right in this place (and had to peck and hunt to figure out italics on my shiny new Macbook). But so far I feel like I fit in, there is a fantastic energy here that projects downward from the instructors and is contagious, and the stuff is just so interesting (I promise to limit italics in the future. They slow me right down).
I had an idea to write about the disconnect in the perception that people of my generation might have about opportunities in IT/tech, that it is saturated by kids and jobs are corresponding scarce, and how that is not the vibe I’ve been picking up. But I can’t comment on the reality. Since being here I have heard about companies that have had to move away from Sydney because they couldn’t find people for their good jobs. Not all (or even enough?) of today’s kids are programmers. Surely the skills are a bit more ubiquitous than they might have been 20 years ago, but there is still a dearth of relevant talent trained in an applicable way. Is the opportunity real?
I’m not here to learn to code simply to get a job. I’m here because I have an idea that I couldn’t let go (we’ve learned this week that is a good sign). Is my uninformed “idea” for an IT startup three years too late or naive in some unimagined way? Is coming here to test my optimistic hypotheses the best or worst idea ever? But the truth is: I don’t know for sure. I am excited about the relevancy of the program here at UIT but I’ll can answer this better in 12-18 months.
I’m old dog learning to code and launch IT companies, and I think it’s all working well together. And I like it.