Old Coders: When Programming Is a Second Career

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Liz Beigle-Bryant took her first programming class, BASIC, in 1973. At the time, computers were part of the math departments instead of the engineering departments, she recalls. And because she had a background in family art, everyone at her high school discouraged her from doing so.

Beigle-Bryant, now 57, didn’t revisit coding again until a couple of years ago, when she signed up for Codecademy’s free online tutorials. Though there was no immediate payoff, she found learning the skill helped ease the inevitable discouragement that comes during a job hunt

“I felt like I was accomplishing something instead of wasting time on Facebook or [playing] phone games,” she says. “It helped me feel better about myself so I could project a better image.” Read more…

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