Campfire #49 Overview: How This Teacher Dove Into Coding Mid-Career

By Samantha Anderson

Last Updated: March 16th 2023

Changing careers from teaching to coding

Is it worth riding the emotional rollercoaster of changing careers?

For the 50th episode of Campfire, Ludo was joined by David Henry.

Previously, David was featured in a Student Spotlight which details his journey transitioning from being a Middle School Teacher into becoming a Quality Assurance Test Engineer.

During Campfire David shared his career transition story and also spoke about his roles as a Nucamp Full Stack Graduate and a Nucamp Instructor.

Before Nucamp David had a hard time believing he could change careers and thought it was only for people smarter than him.

David was also fairly successful at starting out teaching himself how to code since he had a strong background in education, but it was still hard for him to stay on one path.

This is where Nucamp came in.

The formal instruction he gained with Nucamp kept him focused on his goal and consistent with his studies.

“Having an instructor who’s looking at my work, classmates to engage with, deadlines to keep me on track, and to be literally invested into a class I paid for was key.
I needed the structure to get through what I hadn’t learned yet and to solidify what I already knew to make connections between the two.”

Ludo and David covered many questions and dished out many bites of advice in this episode.

Get a taste for yourself; watch the full episode:


Samantha Anderson

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Part Illustrator, part Graphic Designer, and part Digital Marketer—with a sprinkle of sales savvy and a dash of empathy. I'm all about using my creativity to craft captivating stories through both illustration and writing. When I'm not at my computer, you'll find me drawing nature inspired patterns and portraits on my other favorite screen: my iPad. To keep myself inspired (and to get away from my slight tech addiction) I garden, golf, and go on nature walks with my dog and cat leading the way.