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S4E17: Learning to Code While Working Full Time With a Family With Michael Tombor

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Mike Tombor is learning to code while working full time at a health insurance company. He also has two kids and a fiancé.

Mike’s goal is to become a full-stack web developer and designer. As he learns, he shares his journey in Medium blog posts and at community meetups to help others balance their own life demands with their goals.

Learning to code while working full time (and raising kids) is no easy feat. In our conversation, Mike shares how he balances work, coding, and family. He also explains what drew him to tech, tricks for staying motivated and managing your time wisely, and how to build a supportive community during your journey.

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Key takeaways:

  • Just getting started? Immerse yourself in tech to prime your brain for the new experience. Go to meetups and talk to people, listen to podcasts, watch videos.
  • People are friendly and helpful in the tech community, taking time out of their lives to teach others, which you don’t always see in other industries.
  • Stay balanced. When you live a more balanced life, you’re more focused and more energized to tackle your goals. Take a few minutes to go for a short walk, write in a journal, or do random acts of kindness–it makes you feel happy and helps you to retain knowledge.
  • If you're learning to code while working full time, make a schedule. “No time to code”? Do a time audit–write down what you’re doing throughout the day and you’ll be surprised what you spend your time on.
  • Stay organized by setting goals in manageable chunks, and keeping track with a project management tool like Trello.

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