My friends were working on interesting projects that I couldn't be a part of because I didn't have the skills, I couldn't even make basic changes to my own organization's website, and I felt crippled in a world where many up-and-coming ideas were articulated in a completely different language.
I was two years into a master's degree in couples and family therapy only to learn that I didn't want to study couples and family therapy. About this time last year, I realized just how much I wanted to become a Ruby on Rails developer. Working with clients and doing paperwork in the mental health field, which I started over six years ago, had become emotionally draining -- and my husband, a Ruby on Rails developer at a small start-up, seemed to be continuously renewed each day in his work. So, I decided to go out on a limb and attempt to change companies and careers. Fortunately, many companies today are in search of the skills a developer has.
Most of our children are not focused on becoming creators of technology. They spend countless hours playing games, with little interest in what's powering them. They're incredibly interested in and inspired by their devices -- why can't we connect the dots and turn that into a huge learning opportunity?