My Journey from Mathematics to Programming
My name is Paul Hide. I was a mathematics teacher for 8 years and really loved the job. It was cool and working with figures brings sense of satisfaction whenever you realize that your students have understood the concept and they can solve some exercises on their own. However, I left the teaching career and got myself into computer programming.
Prior to being a teacher the only knowledge I had about computer was the basic knowledge of how to operate one and do simple tasks. During my days as a teacher, the internet era was in its infantry and not much about it was really fascinating to a person like me.
Then one day, we had a change of administration at school and a new school head was transferred to my school. He came with several changes and among them; he wanted our school to have a website. An advertisement was made and the services of a programmer were secured. When the programmer came and started working with the coding while at the schools office, other teachers started teasing me that coding was just like mathematics. This made me approach the programmer and true to my colleagues’ words, there were some elements of mathematics in the coding.
This triggered something in me and I felt the urge to know more about coding. Lucky enough, I had a good amount of money which I had saved, and the programmer was so lovely that he helped me secure a good college where I could learn how to code.
Initially, everything was a challenge. Learning HTML, CSS, PHP, C++ and other elements and platforms of programming was not as simple as I thought.
After about a year and half attending part-time classes, I realized that there was a lot to be learned and thus I started learning more from the internet by joining various online communities where programmers met like Stack Overflow. It is here that I bettered my skills. The online forums had supportive members who were always willing share their knowledge and through them I was becoming perfect.
Not before long, through the online forum I landed a part-time job as a programmer. Everything was perfect about programming and most of the time I used to work remotely from home. After working with the company for about 4 months, I got a better offer from another company also as a part-time worker.
All through this period, I was still working as a mathematics teacher but this new world of programming seemed to be my destiny. Therefore I decided to quit teaching and concentrate on programming.
Although I was still working part-time as a programmer, I decided to concentrate on personal programming work to build my portfolio while working part-time until a got a full-time job rather than continue with teaching which had become boring.
By good chance, the company that I was working part-time with requested me to accept a full-time job with them. Their perks were so attractive and I had no reason to reject the offer. I’ve been with them to this very day and I agree that programming is way more interesting than teaching and therefore my decision to become a programmer was a very sound one.