Hi, I’m Anton. I’ve been coding since school, several decades ago, which is where I decided I would make this my career.
I then went on to make this my career (without attending University, just going on coding courses in my local town back then). So one thing that I want to say to others learning here and elsewhere online, is that it’s entirely possible to go and have yourself a really good career in programming / IT without obtaining a university degree.
And you don’t need to work at Facebook or Google to have a good career as a developer.
Something I have learned throughout my career, is that many employers - especially good ones - do not care about pieces of paper from some institution; most of all they want to know that you’ll just get on and do things off your own bat, that you are self-directed and that you love what you do.
They are the employees that they want. Well, since you’re here, learning programming off your own bat, in your own time, because you love it - that’s you.
Anyway I had just read a few of the posts above and they’re quite inspiring, so I thought I’d drop a little encouragement here.
For me, my career has taken a couple of changes of direction, and sometimes in recent years I haven’t coded too much professionally; I’m enjoying going back to coding and learning modern languages and techniques, and plan on pivoting my career back towards this, bit by bit.
Good luck to everyone else on your own journeys