My New Adventure: the Starter League

This past Tuesday I made a big step. I quit my full-time job to pursue a more fulfilling career in the tech sector. My transition catalyst was getting admitted to the Starter League , a program located in the heart of Chicago’s booming tech startup community where you learn to code, build, and ship web applications.

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” – Mark Twain

So far I am impressed and everything has validated my decision to pursue this. The teachers are great. The support is great. The atmosphere is great. The classes are housed inside 1871 , an incubator for tech startups housed inside of the famous Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The workspace is amazing and I am so happy I get to call it home for the next three months (hopefully longer).

Class meets three times per week so, as of today, I have had three classes under my belt and it ramps up fast. The first day we did an overview of basic HTML and CSS which was a refresher for me. Day two was our first introduction to Ruby on Rails, the programming language we will focus on for the entire course. A simple introduction, but now it’s for real…new stuff to learn. By the third day, Friday, we were moving quickly into Ruby and it was becoming more complex. My vacation is over. It’s time to dive in and learn this stuff. I am going to live and breathe Ruby on Rails, the Starter League, 1871, and Chicago’s tech scene going forward.

Still, my head is spinning a bit. I officially left my job a day after class started so the week was super busy for me. Ideally I would have wanted a few weeks in between to make the transition easier but it didn’t work out that way. My life did a 180 degree turn in 12 hours and I have to dive right in. I can’t wait to see where this experience takes me over the next three months!