Career pivot: event planner to software engineer

Haley Warson
2 min readJun 7, 2021

Several months ago, I was finishing up maternity leave and beginning to think about the next step I would take in my career. I spent the first part of my career in event management, planning large tradeshows and international conferences. The work was high pressure and demanding, but I enjoyed its challenges and complexities. With nearly a decade of global event and project management experience, my inclination was to look at corporate event management roles to further enhance my skill set. But Covid-19 hit the hospitality industry hard, and my choices were limited.

I took this opportunity to reflect on what I enjoyed in my career to this point. I liked creating things from the ground up and feeling the gratification of solving problems on the fly. I was eager to invest my time working on impactful, challenging projects, and was leaning toward a role in tech. After lots of research and reflection, I came across software engineering.

I spent long hours delving into coding tutorials and discovered I truly loved it. The strategic, methodical approach and detail orientation that served me well as an event planner was crucial as I spent time coding and debugging.

I’m currently studying full stack software engineering as a part of an immersive program at Flatiron School. I am grateful for the opportunity to embark on a new career path in a field where I’m challenged to learn something new every day.

I’m looking to connect with other devs… Let’s talk!





Haley Warson

Full stack software engineering student at Flatiron School. Former events professional with nearly a decade of global event and project management experience.