I have been coding now for just under a year and it's been amazingly crazy and has actually changed my life for the better. I have read a lot of articles on medium and the internet about how you can learn to code in a few months and land a dream job etc etc and blah blah blah, but it's all true. The last ten months to be precise prove that this is true and I thought I'd share my story.
It was great to be back in the classroom again with people similarly minded who want to learn and improve themselves. Eight weeks flew by and I continued studying by enrolling for the ‘PHP & MySQL’ course straight after as it seemed interesting and I think I had re-caught the learning bug. After all the theoretical learning I thought this is all good but if I don’t actually continue to use these new skills I might lose them, so I once again hit the internet looking for groups that provide further mentor-ship and guidance in learning and using code.
I started with my own personal project as I knew to become a web developer I would need to create a portfolio and I had started to create a very basic website from my Brighton MET skills which had an about me section and projects and contact details. When I say basic it was very basic and I was stuck with getting some of the CSS correct and making sections and images sit correctly where I wanted to have them sit. My tutor sat with me and guided me through what needed to be done to fix the issues and made the whole experience really easy and enjoyable. To be able to learn something I believe you need to enjoy yourself, which then builds upon the passion to learn and also helps new knowledge stick in your mind better.
So after only ten months of learning, making errors, fixing errors, finding more errors and maybe some tears, I plucked up the courage to apply for junior web developer jobs. I have had rejections which is always going to happen with applying for work and when I have received rejections I have always asked for feedback and worked on that to improve myself more. I have always been honest about my skills when applying for roles and how much I know and also know when to say up front and honestly “I don’t know this, but I am willing to try and learn”. I now have been accepted for a position and looking to start a new job as a Junior Web Developer in the new year and I am so looking forward to saying goodbye to customer services forever.
As my first post I hope this is helpful and please feel free to reach out.