In short, yes, it is possible to build a programming career without any sort of formal education, but it’s far from an easy feat!
Jessica Chan’s Coder Coder YouTube page is filled with short clips plus longer training videos dedicated to helping you learn to code without having to go to school, but her video below proves not just anyone can make it on this path.
Chan’s personal story about her journey to becoming a senior programmer with no Computer Science degree is inspiring, and does not hide the challenges that were involved. She was required to do a lot of extra work and learning on her own time, plus she needed an abundance of drive, determination and humility. She also battled through imposture syndrome and was fortunate to be hired by a strong leader who was willing to give her a chance.
If you’re considering a career change into programming but hoping to avoid formal education, here’s a look at what you can expect.