At this point it feels impossible to get a junior dev position in UK without commercial experience or degree.
I am learning mobile development for 2 years now. Coming from engineering working in oil&gas. Started by codeacdemy course for full stack mobile dev and continued myself with React Native. Implemented Firebase as database + backend + auth and SqLite as local database. Currently pubslished my first big project, smartBasket, kind of a grocery list for families, where ine user can create a basket and the pther access and see all products and tick them off as he does shopping.
I realised that i feel really tempting back end and started second project with Node.js + express + mongoDb.
I am applying for junior jobs as Node.js dev and React Native dev, about 90% of application of mine are through LinkedIn. I have applied to at least 150 jobs, and some of them dont even reply, the rest say that i dont suit them. Only had 1 interview and the interview realised that he company looking for React dev, not React Native.
At this point I am so loooooost, i just cant even land an interview, it seems impossible to do it in the Uk.
To be honest, i prefer become a back end dev more that React Native, but i just dont understand how to land a job. Maybe i need to learn some other back end techniques and languages? Maybe it is worth to learn .Net + C sharp and it will give more chances to land something?
I dont know, just because i really enjoy coding and development, spend every single spare minute into learning and developing. This became my only hobby. Maybe i am just to old to start it at age of 27. But just really want to follow my dream but it is not happening.
Please, i would be grateful for any advice. Should i start learning something different in backend, or continue with node, or keep trying to land a job as React Native ? Is it even possible as a jun?
Much appreciate your time!