My Journey to Create a Coding Space for Coders (Learn to Code Without CS Degree)

Transform your life with coding skill

Amy Li

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Since Feb 2022 when I left my full-time developer job, I have been committed to my startup projects, and also passionate about the idea of building up a community to help people transform their lives by learning to code.

So, Who Am I? Why do I believe I should do this?

As an ex-doctor (clinical physician) based in China who obtained her Ph.D. degree in The Netherlands four years ago, I don’t feel regret about shifting my career from medical field to the software industry. There are several reasons for my decision but the most important one is I favor freedom a lot. As a developer who knows how to code, I can code anywhere and anytime, and compared to performing clinical practice in a hospital, I could quickly transform my ideas into realistic products to become a digital solutions to problems. Learning to code is one of the best choices I have made in my life. To be honest, I find myself so lucky to be able to land a professional developer job in a beautiful western country — The Netherlands.

I worked as a software engineer based in The Netherlands (my first developer job). Photo by Amy Li

With that priceless working experience, it gets much easier for me to land another developer job back in Shanghai, China.

Worked as a Front End Web Developer based in Shanghai, China. Photo by Amy Li.

.But then I left my full-time job to become an unemployed person after working for nearly two years during the pandemic period. The top reason is because I want to put my idea into practice by creating my own products and have my own time back to myself rather than committing to a 8-hour daily job. I personally prefer freedom more than anything money can buy. Ok, just personal choice. You don’t need to copy my choice.

Since this post is mainly about why and how I take actions towards to creating a Coding Space, I only share relevant projects in here, but my startup project will be shared more in detail in future posts as well.

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Amy Li

Software Developer | Ph.D. in Medicine. I write about programming, productivity, personal development, and entrepreneurship. https://www.youtube.com/@amyjuanli