How to find an entry job in IT

Hi, anybody can advise me how to get an entry job in IT?

I don’t understand what “I’m quite basic programmer ( I can do the things people do)” means. I don’t know your current level, but I’m guessing that it is not an advanced level.

For everyone, it is a very difficult chore to get hired for a first coding job. For someone that didn’t finish high school, it would be extremely difficult. I think for that, you would have to blow them away with your skill and show them an amazing portfolio. For most people that would take a few years of very hard work.

It’s impossible to give you useful input without more information about your coding knowledge and experience, but I don’t think you should count on getting a coding job in time to save you from destitution. If you need money, then (at least in the short term) you should look for a different job and work on coding on the side until you are ready. I would say that to anyone in your situation that does not have job experience. Getting a first coding job is very difficult and can take a while - assuming you are ready.


I do not know what resources are available in Europe, but from my quick search they do appear to vary greatly by country. For anyone in the United States of America who may be experiencing hardship, there is and - or one may call 211 in the United States - and for disaster related incidents there is the American Red Cross. If you are unable to find resources in your specific European state, I would recommend reaching out to the EU Red Cross, as they tend to have contacts for resources outside of their specific mission, or perhaps the United Way nearest you.

If I may add to what @kevinSmith has stated, it is important not to pass up opportunity in pursuit of your dreams. If there is an opportunity to do something necessary but that others do not want to do, then often showing up on time and doing it well is enough to get by. Welcome whatever opportunity presents itself, provided it is lawful and good, and continue to develop your portfolio and to strive for greater things once your basic needs are met.

If I were to advise my younger self on these issues, I would also tell him that while image should not matter, it does, and that a cheap foil shaver - like the Braun M60b - and a non-ripped pair of pants and a well fitting polo, kept clean, would go a long way in making a decent impression. No one cared how much I invested in my skills when all my clothes were torn, faded, and ill-fitting. I would have gotten a UPS address so that I would have a street address to put on job applications, or asked one of the few friends that I was fortunate to be able to stay with over the winter if I could use their address on my applications until I got on my feet. Also, gym memberships are a good way to get relatively affordable access to showers, and in the United States truck stops tend to have them as well; hygiene is important, for health reasons and for finding work. While I was able to feed myself for a while on $1 a day on mostly oatmeal and brown rice, it probably would have been worth consulting a dietician or physician at least once to see if they could advise me on how to eat a bit healthier on a small budget, especially when on-the-go; if I had been aware of the aforementioned resources, then it likely would not have gotten that bad, though. I also would have told myself that there were people in my life that I could have trusted, that would have helped me; unfortunately, at that time I had been poorly treated by many of the people that I trusted for most of my life, so this was easier said than done.

When I was struggling most, many people did not understand or offer helpful advice. Often they assumed that everything should be obvious, likely because they had functional examples of responsible adults most of their lives, or they would assert that I must be lazy or not be looking for opportunity because it was everywhere - of course, instead of telling me where I might find work after being declined for every entry level job I had applied to, including many jobs in fast food and retail. I don’t know if any of this is particularly helpful to you, but hopefully it is, or hopefully it helps someone. The biggest thing I can recommend is to be willing to do difficult, laborious things, to show up early, and be ready to be told no 300 times before you get a yes. Good luck.


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