I started Freecodecamp last summer and worked on it quite sporadically, until January this year where I started to fully dedicate my time building projects and learning the big frameworks.
Beginning of March I started applying for jobs, got a lot of negative responses except this one company who asked me to build a Compass using React Native in a day. I was traveling from one country to another and had little time to dedicate to it, but went on and learned React Native in a few hours, built the app, and sent it over. Phew!
Days later, they ask me for an interview, which I thought didn’t look too good (cf I’m a musician switching career and I need help), but I got a response and I got it! I got the job!
I am so happy that I can say that Freecodecamp works. I went from basic programming knowledge to landing a job in a specialized framework in a matter of months, without paying anything, going to university, or getting any “official” certificate. I would lie if I said I didn’t work hard (I program 10 hours per day since January), but I absolutely love that this system works. I encourage anyone in it to keep trying and to keep expanding your portfolio. We live in a great age where skills are recognized for what they are, and not just for a piece of paper which you paid your university for, and I love it. I donated some money to Freecodecamp and wish the team and the platform even bigger things for the future.
Congratulations! I hope that you’ll stay part of our community and share your new perspectives with us.
Congrats, thanks for sharing that!
It’s quite encouraging.
Good luck to all of us
Congrats! That’s a great success story . And kudos for being so quick on your feet!
First off, congratulations!!!
Second, please stick around. The FCC community totally needs people like you. I got way more invested emotionally after going to a meetup organized by my local FCC facebook group. Both the organizer and another senior dev with whom I had a great conversation were FCC-taught, and it really inspires to know how far one can go. Also, knowing that it takes hustle (10 hrs/day) to grow like a beast is a great insight. You are a real role model.
Congrats!! Did you use anything specific to prepare for interviews?
I am so happy that I can say that Freecodecamp works. I went from basic programming knowledge to landing a job in a specialized framework in a matter of months, without paying anything, going to university, or getting any “official” certificate. I would lie if I said I didn’t work hard (I program 10 hours per day since January), but I absolutely love that this system works. I encourage anyone in it to keep trying and to keep expanding your portfolio. We live in a great age where skills are recognized for what they are, and not just for a piece of paper which you paid your university for, and I love it.
This is a great quote, and extremely motivating. I’m thrilled that you’ve been able to make this transition through sheer hard work and persistence - without having to spend a bunch of money or put your career on hold while you go back to school.
Also, thank you for donating! We will put your donation to good use expanding these learning resources and making technology education as accessible as we can to busy adults around the world!
Please keep us posted on your coding journey. If you get a chance to come back a few months from now and write about your experience up to that point, I for one would love to hear it!
Good luck gearing up for your new job!
Congrats to you and THANKYOU FREECODE CAMP!!! thanks a loads
Hello @remigallego Congratulations. Do you mind listing the resources that you have used to become a proficient in ReactNative, please?
Nice job and congrats. Hard work does pay!
Congrats man. I am musician like you. It is a coincidence maybe but i am in the same… I have take the decision to change beacause with music i have done. I have started in freecodecamp just because i like to code but it is incredible how much we can learn here… to have the chance of read what you have wrote it has inspires me. Good look
This is so inspiring to hear. I just took a massive income hit when I had to change jobs due to a medical problem. I’m having more time to dedicate to immersive learning. Hopefully I’ll be able to post my success story this year.
This is so inspiring. I’ve been going through the course with the hope of getting a career out of it, and this post just adds to my hope. It also challenges me to spend more time learning and building projects. All the best in your endeavors @remigallego.
+1 to that info ! It would be cool to know
Congrats! Did you power through the whole thing or just straight to the frameworks after awhile?
Thank you for sharing. Your story has inspired me to keep at it. I’ve been struggling in the last week and after reading your post I feel like there can be a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m glad you included the part about coding 10 hours a day. I know that that kind of effort will produce great results. Once again, thanks.
Nice man, I also made the switch last year to web development after trying to make it in entertainment for a few years. I about to start applying to jobs soon after I deploy my profolio site I just finished. Super happy for you…:
Bravo! FreeCodeCamp is quite amazing really!
That IS wonderful. Congrats on the job and overcoming the negative responses you initially received.