Project Ideas to obtain junior role?

I am looking for projects that would stand out on my resume to apply for junior level roles.
I recently had an interview with a smaller company for a junior level role. The interviewer said my previous projects were a little too “youtube” and said they were all follow along projects. My question is; how do I create a unique project that shows I developed it without follow along guides etc. And what are some good ideas of projects to display this?

Hi @superquiz !

I am also building projects for my portfolio.

I am going to tell you something that a mentor once told me and hopefully it will help.

She said,
“Build things that help you stand out. You don’t have to create a completely original idea but just an original spin on a common idea.”

She then showed me her portfolio and suggested I looked at recently hired junior devs to see what theirs looked like.

The thing that I found was that created something that was unique.

For example, you could create an amazon clone, but that would fall into the category of “youtube” tutorial projects.

Instead, you can create an eccomerce store but centered around something that you like.

I am currently building an eccomerce store that sells music supplies, has a chatbot that assists you and you can setup appointments to speak with a fictional music specialist to help you buy the right instrument.

The concept of an eccomerce store is not original but your take on it can be. :grinning:

Unfortunately, I think a lot of portfolios end up looking the same.
Netflix clones, covid trackers, clocks, calculators, etc.

I haven’t been on the forum that long but I have seen a lot of those same projects over and over again.

The key is to stand out.

I would suggest studying recently employed junior dev portfolios.
I bet you will find a theme like I did. :grinning:
Their portfolios were uniquely theirs and didn’t remind me of youtube tutorials.

You don’t need to create completely original idea that no one has heard of.
Just create things that have an original spin on a common idea.

Hope that helps!

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