• Title: Leaving a $350K/year job to learn coding
  • Topic: Learn In PUblic
  • Venues: Freecodecamp-Podcast
  • Date: Apr 2019
  • Url: https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/shawn-wang-podcast-interview/
  • Desc: We talk about "learning in public" and his transition into tech from finance, where he left behind a job that paid him US $350,000 per year.
  • Description: the title overly focuses on the finance career, but this is much more about learn in public and the freecodecamp journey. plenty of links supplied!

On this week's episode of the freeCodeCamp podcast, I interview Shawn Wang (@swyx). We talk about "learning in public" and his transition into tech from finance, where he left behind a job that paid him US $350,000 per year.

Shawn grew up in Singapore and came to the US as a college student.

He worked in finance, but at age 30, he burned out. So he decided to learn to code. He used freeCodeCamp and a ton of other resources, and since then he's worked as a freelance developer, and at several companies including Netlify.

It's a 2 hour listen in your favorite podcast player app - just search "freecodecamp" and you should find it.

If you have an Amazon Echo, you can just say "Alexa - play the freeCodeCamp podcast."

Or you can listen to it or right here in your browser. Enjoy the interview!


Here are some articles we discuss in the interview.

Shawn's Projects:

Job Search / Salary Negotation articles:

Shawn's Learn In Public movement: