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honey the codewitch16-May-21 3:22
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I grew up kinda hard, with untreated mental illness and spent some time on the streets as a homeless teen, got my GED as a result and never went to college.

But I had hacked around on computers, programming since I was 8 years old.

When I was 18 I went from being homeless to moving in with my b/f in seattle and from there straight to Microsoft.

I started taking senior and lead positions before I was 20.

Outside of software development, for example when I moved from Seattle to rural Washington state where there were not development jobs I drove a cab, jockeyed cash registers, and even worked on a farm.

I'm not qualified to do anything skilled but write software.

I can't tell you how grateful I am that this industry values talent over credentials.

I'd be in a very different position today if it weren't for that. I have a friend I grew up with who never launched into a software career despite us programming together but his primary interest is language so I guess I understand - I learned C++, he learned Latin. I have another friend who I came up with together and helped him get into development, and then he moved to NYC and got rich, and he has a similar background as me, except not crazy. None of these people have degrees. Both are ridiculously intelligent. But it makes me think, you know?

I count myself fortunate, and I am grateful not just for me, but for anyone like me who found their way despite lack of opportunities and access to "white collar" work generally.
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