16 November 2020 / Student Story

“People say I can’t code, I’ll prove them wrong.”

Hello, my name is Phong Vu,

and I would like to share my story on how I quitted my job as a salesman to become a Full Stack Web Developer.


With a background in business, I previously worked as a salesman, dealing from B2C to B2B, and even from small to big products. At first, I was content with the small achievements that I was able to make. But that satisfaction didn’t last long as I gradually developed a feeling as though I didn’t really like my job as I’d thought.

Work is obviously a huge part of anyone’s life, so you can imagine how scary it is to wake up every day and dread going to work, right? That’s when I know it’s time to look for another path of my career.



Now, you probably wonder why I decided to switch into the coding lane, right?

Sales is obviously a no-no since I didn’t really like what I was doing. Why I was pondering over the options, some of the people from my connections, who happened to work in the IT industry, told me about a life of a developer, how their work was like, how they lived, just typical stuff you would wonder about a new career.

I found myself pretty much enjoying it, and as I started to dig deeper into web developer jobs, I decided that this would be my new career path.


Into the Coding World


So lemme get this clear, I’ve never coded a single line in my life before joining the Full Stack Web Development course at CoderSchool.

It’s definitely not easy at all. But after experiencing coding every single day for 3 months straight, I think the key to making it easier is to learn to like it. As you start to enjoy coding, the joy that comes along with it will make it less unbearable.

To be honest, joining Sierra makes me feel like I was in high school again. Our class was made up of 16 people, all with different backgrounds, some even coming from different countries. We had lunch together, party together, play ping-pong together and of course, learn coding together, as well!



The ping-pong matches were parts of my most memorable experience at CoderSchool, actually. I think I spent as much time playing ping-pong as I spent coding.


One more memorable thing about my time at CoderSchool was me getting into the top 5 demo projects and winning the 3rd prize! I was really happy since I spent a lot of effort working on it.

It was an e-commerce website selling agricultural products - Fresh Farm. It was an idea when I was in high school and I finally had a chance to materialize it after knowing how to code. Even though I only had 3 weeks for the project, I really love it and it was one of the most memorable presentations of my life!


Moving forward


Now, I am currently a full stack developer at Not A Square. After I graduated from Coderschool, I’ve been to many interviews, got some offers, but I didn’t like them so I decided to keep applying and finally, I stopped here. The reason I chose this company is I feel that my boss is good and I can learn a lot from him.

Whenever I feel bad at work, this is what I said to myself almost every time, “People say I can’t code, I’ll prove them wrong.” That’s how I keep myself going!

One of the things I like most about being a developer is that I feel like I’m a scientist exploring the whole new world inside the computer. You can never understand everything in this world, but you can always explore more.

As for the advice for those who would like to pursue Full Stack Web Development, I’m not sure I have any tips though xD, but if there’s one thing I have to say, it must be “Love what you do, do what you love”.

Many people say I shouldn’t change my career, many say I couldn’t follow it to the end. At this moment, no one knows if they’re right or not, but at the end of the day, I’ll never stop trying to prove them wrong.

So should you switch your career? You are the only one who can answer that question, so think things through, and go for whatever decision you make.

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