Very good story, I also work online. I am very motivated by your story.
awesome to hear it’s possible to find a remote role.
I updated the post with information regarding my new job, also fixed a lot of spelling mistakes and tried to make my points clearer.
Nice. I really like what you put out there. Thanks for sharing.
Hi there @Selhar1,
Thank you for the update and for sharing helpful and motivating information.
You said you started CS studies roughly around 2014 which helped you with fCC. So it seems that you study CS 2-3 years prior to fCC…
Do your experiences with CS was via OSSU or some other institution? And could you tell more about your overall experience with OSSU? I am asking because I am planning on starting OSSU at some point…
By the way, it seems that CS people are more inclined to work on the back-end side.
I started in information security, doing wargames, CTFs, and that naturally led to CS studies.
I never had much of a direction and in retrospect would not recommend OSSU. Learn the minimum necessary to execute a task well, then do projects. The idea that first you must become proficient in theory and only then you can feel confident in practice is extremely flawed. OSSU takes a very formal approach that adds nothing to your experience as a programmer and only a handful of courses are actually worth the effort, most of them felt like clutter for me and i wish i had used my time contributing to open source projects or creating my own projects at the time.
Most of my time reading CS books, doing MOOCs and watching conferences was essentially time wasted. Which is not to say that this material doesn’t have it’s value, but for theory to make sense, first you must get things wrong, get perspective on that technology or subject and this perspective allows you to understand theory in a less abstract manner. Otherwise you end up with lots of trivia knowledge but unable to do a simple project. OSSU focuses far too much in covering all possible grounds and this is not a style of learning i would recommend anyone for any reason.
Can´t agree more. Very well put. I can definetely always see some interesting value in theory, BUT it can only be really useful after having some solid practice already, not the other way around.
Why don’t you want to use LinkedIn?
Wow. This line from the article is interesting:
“To most educators, the goal of a CS program isn’t necessarily to accommodate industry demands; instead, the goal is to give students the foundational knowledge they need to understand programming theory.”
The article is spot on, in my case. This year, I am graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance, and I just started FreeCodeCamp to learn how to code. I am actively pursuing my Music career, but I got inspired from an article on LinkedIn to learn to code. Basically, it was an article about a woman who is a Model and Actress who also develops apps. She was a Double Major in Theatre and Computer Science. So I read that LinkedIn interview, and I got inspired. Here is this artist (actress/model) who also codes, and she actively pursues her artistic path. I think software development can be a form of art.
I searched for one-year experience jobs on Jobads site and attended the interview. I am waiting for the joining confirmation. Did Wipro will take more time to confirm joining.
your information you have shared is really great. thanks so much for sharing these tips. and best wishes.
I have a question please
I think your native language is Spanish, so the companies you worked for asked you any English certificates or perfect English is a must?
and many thanks in advance
I speak portuguese-brazilian. And american companies did expect me to carry out a conversation, but often times they don’t mind accents or small mistakes, as long as they can understand you.
Currently i’m working for a Brazilian company, so that isn’t an issue anymore, but even when dealing with american clients they don’t expect you to speak english perfectly, most people are understandable and as long as you can carry out a conversation, it’s all fine.
Thanks for sharing your insights!
Thanks so much for the helpful reply. what has made me disappointed is 99% of the jobs I have browsed specially remote jobs asking about well written and spoken English.
For those still looking for remote developer jobs https://workfromhomejobs.me/remote-developer-jobs/ might be worth having a look at.
Looks like it aggregates from stackoverflow, github, remoteok, weworkremotely and a few others…
Personally using it to stay up to date on new postings instead of getting spammed via email from all the different sites.
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I agree with you about
fake 'til you make it. I don’t like to lie /exaggerate in my resume regarding experience.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Hi @Selhar1. I read your post on how you got your first job and how you did it. Congratulations to you and thanks for sharing your story. I am in a similar boat and I hope you can give me some advice on it. I’m also thinking of learning through OSSU. I recently posted a topic called Advice for an average developer. It would be great if you or anyone else can share their advice on it. Thanks