Today’s Bullish features a letter from a reader who is, for once, NOT anonymous, because she did something awesome and everybody should know about it.
I’ve emailed with you a couple of times, the last time was in November of last year after I’d been laid off and was considering starting my own business. Anyway, I ended up sending myself to a six month program to learn web development/programming, and have secured a job making $27,560 MORE than I was in my last position. I got the job one month before I even graduated.
The reason I write is that I’d love to reach your readers and share my story, because we need more women in this industry, and I don’t think a lot of people outside the tech world have any idea that these jobs exist, pay really well, and have a TON of openings. More women like me, who are looking to be part of a new paradigm and are unhappy with slogging through the old one, would be a perfect fit. Those same women are undoubtedly Bullish readers! There are lots of web development programs in NY, Chicago, San Francisco and the one I went to in Denver.
Let me know if you’re into it.
Bullish: I am so into it! Your new job pays $27,560 more than you were making previously! I love your exact figure here. As you know, I am all about talking openly about money. On that score, what did you pay for the web development program? Would you factor in lost income as part of the cost of the program? (Was it full-time?)
Jen E.: The program was $20,000; however, I got a scholarship and a grant from the state, so I will only end up paying about $12,000. They offered a payment program so I didn’t have to pay it all up front or anything, just a deposit. Also, I was on unemployment and received higher benefits than usual (50% more) because I was in a training program, so that paid living expenses. That is the much harder cost to cover, six months of living, than even the tuition.
The program was Monday – Friday, 9-4, but an additional 20+ hours per week of project work on top of that. We had weekends “off” (as in no current project to work on) every 2-3 weeks.
Bullish: Were there many other women in your program?
Jen E.: Yes, four others, about 25% women in the program (24 students total). This percentage is higher than industry average. This becomes apparent at meetups and visiting the development offices of some (most?) companies.