FCC was a significant encouragement when it came to refreshing and updating my skills after leaving software development for almost four years. A lot has leapt forward in that time and I had generally been more of a backend developer than an enthusiast for the front-end. Inspired by FCC I’ve really learned to enjoy working in Node/JS and have rediscovered several other languages along the way.
At first I thought I was going to remain a hobbyist–or maybe possibly finish the full stack cert and eventually do some volunteer coding and see where to go from there. Some severe weather intervened and I needed some extra money pronto for repairs. Long story short I now work for a healthcare software company with an amazing work environment.
When I applied I didn’t have much of a portfolio, so I was asked to code a little something as part of the interview. The app I came up with is available on github.
I used Knockout and Bootstrap. It’s nothing too impressive but it mainly served as a vehicle to talk about coding during the second interview. I was sure to point out some of the things I would have done differently if I knew at the outset some of what I learned during the process.
A final tip – for developer job hunting in general we are definitely judged a lot by our Github presence. I’ve seen this now from the other side of the mirror. Stay active and show your best. Even if your best is beginner.
Best wishes everybody!