My whole endeavor in the IT industry started when I was a welder’s helper in Texas. My turning point was when I missed my daughter’s first steps. I was watching her grow from 500 miles away over FaceTime. I came back home and was fortunate enough to get a job as a probationary iron worker at Los Alamos National Labs. Every day I would drive 2 hours both ways to get to work, thinking that this is what life was supposed to be like. While there I learned a key aspect that really helped with my decision of switching industries. I saw that there was a clear distinction between the crafts side, which is what I was a part of, and the labs side; this included engineers, physicists, programmers, etc. The labs side received many more benefits and overall seemed to have a better work life. I knew that I wanted to be on the labs side, but could not afford the time to go to school for 4 years to get a degree.I began investigating alternatives to learning and came across programming. I tried teaching myself for a total of about 2 hours before realizing that I didn’t have the self discipline needed to be successful. Luckily, I came across Deep Dive. When I went in to get more information I was greeted by Andrea, Karen, and Dan. They helped further solidify my choice and I decided to register for the Java+Android+Salesforce bootcamp. Having gone through the immersive 12 week bootcamp, I was able to learn software development along with soft skills that made me employable. I firmly believe that if it weren’t for Deep Dive, I would still be working somewhere that I didn’t enjoy, away from my family. Thank you to everyone that has helped me along the way. I am forever grateful.