I spoke with Andy Sterkowitz. Andy is a self-taught coder. He started to code back in 2014 when he was 28, leaving behind a job as a car salesman and not having much contact with coding at all before that.
Nowadays Andy has a YouTube channel with just over 180K subscribers focusing on teaching people how to become a software developer.
Andy runs a mentorship program to help and coach developers getting on the right track within our industry. He says that most people need a road-map to help them get to where they want to go and his mastermind group make them accountable.
Andy says that the number one problem that people face when starting to code is getting lost in all the information available. In summary: Information Overload.
Aside from being a very talented and smart dude, he was a delight to speak with. Very kind, easygoing and really generous with all information he shared with me. I actually had a hard time putting a stop to our conversation because I wanted to keep going.
Whether you are starting in the industry or you are a seasoned developer, there will be something for everyone to take away from this conversation.