Science and music were what I liked as a teenager. I studied science at college and worked as an industrial chemist for nine years. Then my brother-in-law came to me with an idea about coding music live on stage, so I learned how to code while playing music.
Today, I’m the co-founder of Mined Minds. We teach unemployed people how to code. It started when we went to Pennsylvania for 4th of July with my wife’s family. The local mines were closing and her brother was worried about what he’d do.
For six months we drove eight hours each way, teaching coding to coal miners on weekends, then back to our day jobs in Chicago.
Now Mined Minds is our full-time job. We’ve taught a 17-year-old girl and a couple in their 50s. Having many interests is really valuable, but it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, as long as you carry on learning.
Jonathan’s path to becoming a code teacher
>> Process chemist, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
>> Live-coding musician, Meta-Ex
>> Software developer, 8th light, Chicago, IL
>> Cofounder, Mined Minds
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