From Law Student to Shopify Web Developer
I graduated from high school in France in 2012 (10 years ago, wow). Then I went to law school, not because I wanted to become a lawyer but because I was very interested in learning about the law itself (rules, history, important cases, etc.).
I loved law school. I learnt a lot and I really felt like it gave me a key to understand better the society we live in. Understand why we have certain rules, understand how the definition of each crime is built over the years based on the new crimes being committed, etc.
In law school I had quite a lot of free time, and I was really passionate about movies. So, in December 2013, I used the platform OverBlog to create a blog called "Itinerary of a cinephile". On this blog, I wrote 250+ reviews of movies and TV shows in 5 years.
Then I moved the blog to WordPress. And I thought I was quite limited with the design. So I went on Google to learn how to make changes in the code so that I could make the blog look nicer. That's how I discovered "Le Site du Zéro" which is now OpenClassrooms.
I learnt HTML and CSS on OpenClassrooms. It was so cool! I made all the changes on my blog as I wanted. I felt like I had superpowers! On the side, I was also getting more and more interested in entrepreneurship... I saw people building their own websites and making 💰 out of them.
I thought that business school was the best way for me to learn entrepreneurship (today I don't believe that anymore). So, after I graduated from a Master in Business Law in 2016, I took a bank loan and went to business school.
During my two years of Master in Management, I was an apprentice in a big French company. I liked the experience and loved the people I met there, but I thought: "what I really want to do is to launch my own company so, when I graduate, that's what I'm gonna do!".
In my head, entrepreneurship and coding were really tight together. I saw learning to code as a big step towards creativity, autonomy, flexibility, money, freedom. So, when I graduated from business school in 2018, I joined a 9-week Ruby on Rails coding bootcamp: Le Wagon.
The movie blogger enjoying HTML and CSS that I was discovered a whole new world of possibilities. The list of passionating topics was endless. I really found a professional area that excited me a lot!
When I graduated from Le Wagon in 2019, I did it. I started my own company: I became a freelance web developer. I first started with taking on missions in areas that I knew (WordPress, Ruby on Rails).
One day, someone contacted me and asked if I could build an ecommerce website for him with Shopify. I'd never heard about Shopify but I said yes. I looked up some tutorials on YouTube, read the docs, and built the store. I enjoyed it so much!
I really fell in love with the product. And coming from a Ruby on Rails background, learning Shopify's templating language (Liquid) is very easy. So I quickly specialized in Shopify: building stores, migrating stores from WordPress/Prestashop/Squarespace to Shopify... and now developing apps!
Today I'm very happy of where I am. I learn a lot everyday and I get to meet fellow developers who inspire me so much! I don't regret going to law school and business school. I would totally do it again.
The only thing I would change is: I would learn how to code earlier.