Success story

Turning your career around? It's never too late.

Life is a learning experience. And while sometimes past decisions can feel like they've locked you in, it doesn't have to be that way. Sarah shares how she turned her career around to follow a new passion.

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November 14, 2022

Levent Ahmetoglu

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Program Manager

Turning your career around? It's never too late.
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“The journey I was in wasn't so clear, and I had to change my goals in life many times to find something that works for me.”

Sarah grew up as a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, which means that change was a constant. But through it all, Sarah relied on her close-knit family and their support.

So when decided that she wanted to become a registered nurse, they were very supportive. Sarah had high hopes for pursuing a career in nursing and was worried when it didn't work out as she had planned.

Rethinking next steps

“I wanted to be a registered nurse, and I also wanted to specialize in cardiology, but unfortunately, those plans changed after I experienced nursing as my life career," Sarah shared, "it didn’t suit me or my lifestyle, and I was not progressing in it."

Sarah is someone who always looks for growth— both career and personal. So when she found she was not growing in her nursing career and lacked the energy to invest in other activities after work, she knew she needed a change.

"Nursing was a job that took all my energy and time with nothing in return, and that’s why I didn’t like it and eventually quit."

It wasn't easy leaving behind a career path that she felt had so much potential. But she also didn't want to feel stuck in something she didn't love.

From stop to start

After quitting, Sarah did a lot of research about online courses, looking for something she could refocus her career on. It was then that a Re:Coded ad popped into her Instagram.

She was drawn in by the fact that she could join a frontend development bootcamp with no prior coding experience and get to interact with other students from other countries.

Upon joining the Frontend Bootcamp, Sarah saw progression almost immediately, "Personally, I never thought I’d ever learn how to be good at coding, especially because I never studied any programming-related course, but I can proudly say that after 2-3 months of this Bootcamp I made huge progress I thought I’ll never reach.”

Pursuing a new dream

Career shifting is incredibly tough, Sarah knows.

"Career shifting isn’t easy when you have limited to no opportunities, and you usually have to build yourself up from ground zero."

"Joining Re:Coded, however, made me feel that I’m not alone, that I am surrounded by the right community that will help me rebuild my career, and that it doesn’t have to be that hard to change your path." Sarah reflected.

"This bootcamp made me realize that I don’t have to be the “know-it-all” kind of person to excel at something; we can learn when we commit, and we can become what no one ever thought we would become, and that by itself is self-empowering.”

When asked about what she would advise to others in similar situations, Sarah shared this: “Pursuing my dream isn’t something that happens overnight, that’s what I’m sure of, but that doesn’t mean I can’t break it down into small achievements that will eventually lead to my dream."

"I set mini, but many, goals. Step by step, the pieces will fit together to complete the image of the dream I’ve been working so hard to get to. I hope to inspire people never to stop hoping, maybe because I know how dark it can be to lose hope.”

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Authors biography

Levent Ahmetoglu

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Program Manager

Levent is a manager at Re:Coded, bringing his experience and expertise to the organization since May 2022. Prior to joining Re:Coded, he held significant roles in project management, progressing from the bottom to the top and from the field to the headquarters. Currently, Levent takes the helm in steering Re:Coded’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning Program, where he passionately empowers Re:Coded’s programs to achieve their overall outcomes.

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