Mission Berlin 2017

I haven’t really been able to write for quite a while. The reason being: I moved from my quiet country life in Ireland back into the city of Berlin in order to start a new life – and an actual career in tech.

Despite the whole process being somewhat tiring, running through loopholes in buerocracy and copying and printing and scanning and downloading and uploading and filling out all kinds of papers for everrr…. and having little to no money at all, I finally came to a point where I can say:

The worst is over. I made it, I am here.

I managed to apply for Jobseekers benefit and also managed to receive a so called “Bildungsgutschein” (education voucher) which is given by the German government to people who need a short-term career change or reorientation in order to prevent uemployment. They will pay for my three month long full time Web Developer course at careerfoundry.com. Now, this wasn’t all that easy, but a couple of months ago when I started studying web development on my bed in rural western Ireland, this had just been a remote idea. I didn’t even think I would consider moving back to Berlin at all. Yet, here I am, about to start a course which will allow me to really become a professional developer in a short time. What a lucky bastard_ess I am.

And the third and most difficult accomplishment of all: I found an apartment. My own small cute Berlin apartment. After only 2 weeks of searching, I was offered a place. And what’s best about it? It is amidst a green, quiet park where I see squirrels and sheep while still being relatively central and well connected to public transportation. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I also started earning some small money on the side with offering transcription service on fiverr. I already had a handful of clients and it is a good source to make some bucks on the side (tax-free, but fiverr takes 20% of everything, so you do pay some kind of levy).

Unfortunately, I did not have as much time to code as I would have wished. Finding an apartment in Berlin is basically a full-time job. And now there will be a time of signing contracts (flat and developer course) and I hope to be able to move in right before starting the course. And oh, the flat is completely empty! There is not even a lightbulb! But hey, let’s see how this will unfold. What is sure that I feel just ready to start the next challenges.

I have my goals set, at least: Learn Ruby, learn Rails, deepen Javascript and different frameworks, get professional in WordPress and get tonnns of practise!

Eliane ♥

Moving back to the Big Bad City_

Over the last couple of months, a decision has cristallized: In order to advance fast and be fully able to focus on my coding career, it seemed the smartest move to leave the fair island of Ireland and move to a rapidly evolving city: Berlin.

Even though I started studying online so I wouldn’t have to leave Ireland, I realized that for the moment, I have different needs. The housing situation as well as the job situation in Ireland is scarce. I am tired of renting rooms in private houses and never actually have my own place. I am tired of full time call center jobs. A change is necessary.

This decision is still mainly based on my development career. I am setting my goal to one year – after that I want to be fit for remote or freelancing jobs in web development, so I can continue to travel or go wherever I feel like going – for real.

My ferry leaves tomorrow!

My current progress: I am three quarters into my WordPress course at Skillcrush and I am currently enjoying to learn jQuery. Yesterday I also bought myself two new courses on Udemy:

Now my schedule is set. I am going to learn Rails! Yay!

Eliane ♥