My move from Japan is complete! This post comes to you from Nashville, Tennessee, where I spent my college days at Vandy and, now, where I'll be taking my next steps toward a career as a developer.
I spent much of February and pretty much all of March figuring out what to do next-- my teaching contract expired on March 31 and I'd already decided long ago (since last October, I believe) that I was going to be making a career change one way or another. So another year as a teacher was already ruled out. In retrospect I'm glad to have placed that pressure upon myself.
I gave consideration to staying at a relative's place in Florida and continuing to self-study Rails, but at some point in the process of furious googling for beginning developer opportunities I found out about Nashville Software School, a 6-month programming web development bootcamp that offers an apprenticeship program for residents/people with ties to Tennessee.
Lucky for me, right? I grew up and went to college in TN. Submitted my documents, interviewed, and now I'm sitting in Nashville (and my apartment is only about a 5-minute walk away from the school) waiting for classes to start tomorrow.
So that's what I've been up to. Came back to the US by way of Mexico City on 3/31.
I've been studying Rails until now, but my schedule from here looks like:
7/2015 - 10/2015: Node.js framework (backend)
So my backend experience is going to move from Rails to Node.js. Which is a bit of a change, but I'm up for anything. I'm super happy and excited to get all of my time and energy focused on programming and making this happen.
Will keep the blog updated!