I have been learning code since late 2017, but wasn’t really able to give it my all. Due to this pandemic, I was able to focus and finally started building some full stack applications. I know I’m not past beyond the beginner stage, but I feel like I would learn more if I was in a more real-work environment - where I would collab with other devs, and discuss problems with them.
These past months, I have watched YT videos from people like Joshua Fluke, to get advice on applying for web development jobs. They would always say “apply to everything, even those that aren’t JR level” or “apply to everything even if you don’t know their tech stack, but emphasize you’re willing to learn”. So, I did. Last month, for 2 weeks (?), I applied to like 40 jobs, and got an interview with one, but unfortunately, they were looking for a PHP developer (I’m a MERN developer, btw). I tried to tell the Interviewer that I’m willing to learn PHP, but she didn’t care at all. Then, I concluded something might be wrong with either my skills or resume.
So, I spent the next days trying to tinker my portfolio and resume. I have removed my “Work Experience” section, as I only have 1 year worth of freelancing as a Research writer, and it’s totally unrelated to web dev. Now my resume look like this (I have one with two-columns, but ATS don’t really recognize the format):
So, I have like 6 full stack projects (including my portfolio site, and I think they really are pretty functional), and two projects with just frontend stuff. Here’s my portfolio, btw: https://alphadevop.co , I might get some good advices too.
I’m not really sure where to go from here. Right now, I’m trying my luck on unpaid internships, and volunteering for non-profit organizations, just for the sake of gaining “work experience” (But it’s pretty tough too, most are looking for experienced developers). I am also thinking of building another full-stack e-commerce application to further showcase my skills (this one’s gonna take time, and I’m not sure if it’s worth it, at this point, considering with what I already have and my goals).
So to sum it up, I want to build another fullstack application, but I’m afraid I’ll just get stuck on this cycle. Should I just keep trying my luck on internships or volunteering to gain experience? And if so, could you give any tips on how I should go about finding them online? (There’s pretty much little-to-nothing at my city).
It’s quite a mess, but I hope you could help me out a little bit. Thank you!