There is no debate that a really high income can speed up the path to FIRE.
I just read this article from California Sunday about a bunch of twenty-somethings who plan to retire in their late twenties with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank…due to the combination of high tech salaries & financial discipline.
It’s no surprise that many of the popular financial independence bloggers currently or used to work in tech, especially given that the average tech starting salary is over six figures in some areas.
Not all FIRE bloggers work in tech as I’ve tried to capture in this FIRE diversity list, but many of them do. Including me : )
I personally switched into tech specifically for the income potential. My income shot up from $33,000 in 2012 to $100,000 in 2014 to well beyond six-figures currently.
Check out the average salaries for Sillicon Valley tech jobs.
It’s not all about the money though. Tech is an amazing field.
I’ve had the chance to work on things that impact millions of people. I’ve never been bored.
I’ve lit up all the creativity and problem solving parts of my brain. I genuinely enjoy what I do.
I’ve had a chance to lead people, have had incredible mentors and I am thrilled I found this industry.
Give a girl the gift of FIRE
I was listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast last week and heard his latest interview with supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Karlie was inspired to learn programming in her early twenties despite having a crazy successful modeling career.
One of the reasons she decided to dive into coding was because she was sick of other people putting limits on her because of how she looked.
She got super into it and decided to found a FREE coding boot camp for young women called Kode with Klossy.
Kode with Klossy – FREE boot camp for girls ages 13 – 18
Kode with Klossy teaches girls programming through labs and demos over the course of two-weeks.
They gain proficiency in back-end web development, front-end web development, or mobile app development.
Depending on the camp, attendees will learn:
Camps are two weeks long Monday through Friday, 9 to 5PM in 25 locations across the United States.
Do you know any 13 – 18 year old girls?
If you want to literally give a girl the gift of FIRE, send them this link to apply for a FREE scholarship to camp (or nominate them yourself).
You have until April 15th to apply or nominate a girl.
What other FREE tech opportunities are out there for girls?
There are tons of FREE opportunities for young women to learn tech skills.
I wish there were actually more opportunities for mid-career women, but that is an entirely different post.
Here are a few that I know about. If you know of more, please comment below.
- Girls who Code
- She’s Coding list
- Boot camp scholarship opportunities for women
- Microsoft High Tech Camp
Where else can I learn coding for free?
While learning things in a group setting with paced materials makes it easier to learn most things, you don’t need a structured program to learn coding. You can learn for free online with blogs, websites and youtube.
You can also learn with books on Amazon or at your local library.
So, to whom will you give the gift of FIRE?
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