Just got my first Developer job!

Just got my first Developer job!
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#1

Hello people! I’m a registered nurse but personal trainer by profession. Since 2012, before I decided to become a personal trainer, I thought of studying programming and apply for a programmer position. I tried many learning resources but failed because whenever I got stuck in some topic I always think this thing is not for me.

From 2012 to 2015, I tried html, css, javascript, php, java, python. I studied on and off. It was really hard studying on my own because there is no one to guide me what to do. Whenever I watch youtube tutorials, I understood the topic but I did not build projects.

June 2015, I enrolled my self in an open-university for a 1 year IT course. I finished it march 2016. Unfortunately, it was all self study. and each subject lasts only 8 hours (what can you learn in 8hours?). It was a mistake.

March 2016, I finished the IT course, resigned from my personal training job and focused on studying more (like more html,css,js,java etc).

August 2016, I tried FCC. built the tribute page, and the portfolio page. During this time, I also enrolled in edx.org algebra class. This same month, I sent resume from an online jobs board. I thought I need a job because I don’t want to be broke by december.

Just last week, a company contacted me for an interview and I went to them the next day. I was nervous. The first interview was pretty basic (information about myself). Then test (the hard part, math, logic, advance logic, and basic algorithm on paper). Fortunately, I passed. got 3mistakes on math, 2 mistakes on logic, and perfected the advance logic, the algorithm was also good enough. For the second interview, I was asked what projects I have been doing, I just said showed them my codepen (tribute, portfolio). I also passed the third interview.

I signed the contract two days ago and I’ll be starting this coming monday. We’ll be using reactjs and symfony. I will be trained for 6months (under probation) and if everything works fine, I’ll be continuing with them.

TIP: build projects, enhance your math skills (problem solving), it helps a lot. study study study.


#2

and NEVER give up, never ever give up.


#3

Congrats man, I wish you all the best in your coding adventure and you’ll soon be an awesome coder, cause’ you can do it!
:smiley:


#4

Congratulations man.Keep on learning,keep on coding…!!

Wishing you all the best :slight_smile:


#5

Thanks @Azdrian @kunalgupta05. Let’s see where this coding job will take us 5 years from now.


#6

So you dont have a CS degree right


#7

Congrats on the job! :champagne:

Thanks also for the detailed writeup of your experience. Can you possibly remember the details of the questions you answered, or at least the ones you got wrong? I think a lot of people here are nervous about what they’ll be asked in an interview more than anything.


#8

Congrats! That is really awesome, that’s so great that you stuck it out and made it to this point


#9

hey congrat, but I am curious. If you are RN why quit and became personal trainer? You should try to get a job as RN in CA. You can make more than a coder easy.


#10

Are you in the US? If so what state? How many jobs did you apply to?


#11

Congrats man! Great story! Thank you for sharing!
Good luck with React and Symphony!


#12

Sounds awesome man! Congrats for not giving up and continuing. Hope it goes really well for you with the job!