Hi I’m Joel. I am a self-taught software engineer based in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK.

I come from a low-income background. Iā€™m not someone who has been coding since the age of 12, or a child genius. I saw the direction the world was going in with tech and I wanted a piece. So through grit, determination, hard work and late nights, I taught myself to code. 

I landed a developer job and in under two years, I had doubled my salary. Then within 4 years I became a senior. I had the same opportunities as everyone else. I learnt that you have to work harder, faster and smarter to get where you want to be.  

I am writing here, because no matter your background, income or lifestyle, you can do it too. The developer journey is far from easy, but if you stick with it, I promise it will be rewarding. 

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