First and foremost thank you to Quincy and his team of developers here at FreeCodeCamp!
Second to those who have come to this section of the forum grasping for hope/change you.can.do.it!
A little about me 9 months ago I had to leave my job working/performing and traveling on cruise ships to help my family. 7 months ago I began coding here at FreeCodeCamp working through the challenges and building projects.
I was not the best or prettiest coder, but I worked. I worked through the courses, and sought knowledge elsewhere to teach myself the craft of code. I was never the smartest in school in fact I was the class clown but I knew that I wanted to break into tech. So I worked my butt off.
Two weeks ago I submitted my first set of applications. Last Week I had my first Interview for a Front End Developer Job. Today, I got that Developer Job. I’m beyond ecstatic, I worked so hard and now I have something to show for it. I start in a few weeks and you better believe i’ll be teaching myself more and more!
Here are a few tips I have for anyone new, or someone whose going through FCC and thinking about abandoning it.
#1. Stop and Smell the Roses!
- It’s easy to chug along during the first few hours of FCC, that part is amazing! It gives you a great Confidence Boost! But if you move too quickly, you can miss a few key parts that should be retained. So when you finish a section make sure you understand what you’ve done. Copy and Paste is easy. (I copied and pasted its okay!) Comprehension takes a bit more effort.
#2. You will hit a wall, but remember “Hulk Smash”!
- Walls are plentiful but there are hints if you look in the right places. This is one of the beauties of FreeCodeCamp. They won’t give you all the answers, you’ll have to really work to get through it which will mimic what you have to do in a real world scenario. It might seem like the wall is too big, or impenetrable but always remember there’s going to be a way around it, if not through it!
#3. APPLY YOURSELF
- This doesn’t mean what you probably think it means. Apply for jobs! I waited too long to apply to jobs because of a big case of Imposter Syndrome. My first interview - I got the job, I’m not trying to brag (maybe a little) but it shows me that I could have began applying to jobs much earlier! Build projects build a portfolio and begin applying! GET AFTER IT. The worst that’s going to happen is they will say they’re looking for someone with more experience, which you’ll get as you build more projects. I followed up with a few of the applications as I was waiting to hear back and I got emails back saying they were looking for people with more experience. I thanked them for their time and moved on. Rejection Happens learn from it and move on!
#4. Code Every Day!
- This is my last one and its simple - try to find time to code everyday, FCC taught me this and it will help you immensely! CODE EVERY DAY!
Anyways I wrote a wall of text! But really thank you FCC thank you FCC Community. Flourish, Code, Create.
TL:DR got a job thanks to Quincy, Free Code Camp, and FCC community!