Think I might disappoint a bit with the story of my ‘journey’ as it isn’t really a very exciting one. But maybe that’s the point.
I started around April, working through the HTML/CSS/SASS bits of Codecademy. I knew a fair bit of HTML and CSS already, just from being a bit of an enthusiast in the past. Becoming a bit frustrated with the bugginess, I put Codecademy on the backburner for a while and delved into a lot (a LOT) of YouTube videos. After going back over HTML5, CSS3 (inc flexbox and grid) and SASS, I started on JS. Again, I used YouTube, but engaged with FCC around this time as well, starting back at the beginning so that I could be sure I didn’t miss anything that was referred to later. Coming to the end of the HTML and CSS sections, I began the Responsive Web Design projects. In answer to those who asked about my portfolio, this was it. In fact, I only did the first three of them (I fully intend to do the others too!) as I wanted to push on into JS and get my head around that.
Having already learnt a bit of JS and jQuery via YouTube, I started applying for junior front end positions around this point (I searched for web developer roles around my area, focusing on the entry-level ones). Not a lot came back. I got a few recruiters, a couple of whom called me, and one actual response from a company I’d applied to directly. I was asked to do an online test before the application could be taken further so I checked out the site that was administering these tests and had a go at some of their practice questions. I took the test a few days later, did OK, and was invited to interview the following week.
The interview itself was friendly but professional, with each interviewer focusing on a different element (my background, my technical knowledge, my general experience). The tech questions were obviously not going to show me at my best. I simply admitted it when I did not know something, all the while emphasising that I was hungry to learn and develop. The feedback from the interview a few days later (when I was told I had got the job) was that this drive and enthusiasm was what they were principally looking for.
I think that’s probably all there is to say, but I’m happy to answer any questions if anyone has any (and I am able to!).