I Was Rejected From The University and Landed My Career As a DevOps In My 20th

September 13, 20224 minutesBlog
I Was Rejected From The University and Landed My Career As a DevOps In My 20th

In 2021, I applied to tons of universities. The path I think is the only way to make a successful career. In 2021, Out of desperation, I took a risk and applied for my first job, and now I'm a DevOps in Itsavirus. 

I grew up in a small village in Lampung, a secluded and peaceful place. My encounter with coding began when I was in 5th grade. As a typical student then, my IT teacher taught me to create a blog, and I found my interest in writing. Then I explored myself by changing my blog appearance, started to add XML to widgets and learned code from Facebook groups and Google. Blogging and coding were all of my intrinsic interests. Little did I know that by 2019, I had won the national coding Olympics representing my high school. Since then, I realized I'd been passionate about coding and wanted to pursue my career in the tech industry. My passion for coding is evident because I feel satisfied with solving complex problems and love mathematics. I explored interning as a full-stack developer and found that backend programming is my forte. 

"Life keeps throwing me curve balls, and I don't even own a bat. At least my dodging skills are improving." ― Jayleigh Cape.

In 2021

I was in a somewhat awkward position in my life. That was the time when I was about to graduate from high school and expected to go to college, just like the rest of the people. After applying to more than 10 universities and working on SBMPTN, I got rejected from all the universities. Without my education streamlining me, I didn't know what to do with myself, and I struggled with depression, anxiety, and self-doubt about my chances to consistently exponentiate my intellectualism — an overarching goal in life — to afford education and place myself in a stable career I was passionate about that would afford me the luxuries of being my complete self, traveling year-round, forever learning, and living healthy (mentally, emotionally, and physically). Amid despair, I found myself asking these questions. How can I live as a mere high school graduate? How am I supposed to continue my dream of working in the tech industry? 

I was only 19 at this point — young, but feeling all too fatigued by the inconsistencies and lack of stability in the living environment, I was forced to face the challenges life had thrown me. So I created my portfolio and CV and applied to over 100 jobs. 

I'm not exactly sure how many sleepless nights I spent perfecting my CV and portfolios, constantly working on a new project suitable for industry standards. To keep busy and put food on my table, I needed to work as a freelancer and intern in a small company with small salaries. I was in this strange mental space where I felt a complete disconnect between most of my friends who went to university simultaneously. I felt like a failure, yet hope lingered in me that I would be successful because I would start my career earlier than most of my peers.

By June 2021, I got accepted into Itsavirus. I began my journey as an Associate Backend Developer.

Do you know what a weird feeling is? I think the universe is conspiring with me. After a long journey of pain and suffering, a new dawn arose after the storm, and the process of applying for this job went very fast. After a week of preparing myself, I found myself on a different island and in a strange environment with no friends, no connection, very poor English, and no experience working in the tech industry; hence I got COVID on my second day at work. This is a whole combo for a stressful life. 

I learned to immerse myself entirely in stressful situations and accept them. Stress is an essential factor in pushing me to the limits. Without stress, I wouldn't be here. Managing stress is the key to success. 

There was a day I realized my passion for coding brought me into this situation, and I never regretted growing into the person I'm today. 

It was 11pm at night, and I was in the office. I Learned a course about blockchain technology, and I began contemplating.

I was surrounded by nothing but my computer and darkness overtaking the dim light beams from the glass door in my office. I knew I had the drive to self-educate. My discipline was unmatched. I drew my career path and want to pursue my career as a professional in a much deeper field. That's the starting point of my career. I want to accelerate my career as a DevOps. 

How I Began Transitioning my Career to DevOps 

So I wondered what the process would be like learning DevOps. I got an opportunity to gain access to my client's cloud and began to learn more about DevOps. I have a very supportive environment and bless with the privilege I have. My boss allowed me to take a certification in DevOps. For me, DevOps is the next level of coding. DevOps is important because it’s a bridge between development and operations in an organization and aims to improve productivity as a whole.

What's next? — >> My Dream is getting bigger 

What are my takeaways? Well, I have no fear to keep growing. 

It feels like an overwhelming amount of information to learn as a Developer. The process of learning never leaves the atmosphere of a developer's environment. Instead of utilizing that standard as a reason to worry about not becoming an expert in the tech field, I'm using it as a tool — an opportunity — to acquire as much knowledge as I'd like to and accept challenges when they approach me. There is always a lesson in the challenge. I also learned to use my time wisely. It's the only thing I can't buy. 

My curiosity and passion for technology lead me to have bigger dreams. Someday I will have my own startup and create a better ecosystem in this industry.