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Rui Sousa
Rui Sousa

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My job path for my first job as a self-taught developer

This month marks my first 6 months as a front end developer and I'm glad I'm doing so at Coletiv. As a self-taught developer, I would like to share some reflections and thoughts on the job path!
(I'll leave my specific coding experience to another post)

Starting Out πŸ’­

I started at a sort of dev job at a marketing agency with WordPress but I really wasn't feeling like a dev (I'm not bashing on WordPress developers; I like WordPress but all I was doing was working with Elementor and mixing it up with my own CSS). It was, however, an entry job and I took it so I could get some work experience while I honed my skills.
It wasn't perfect but at least I wasn't idle!

Job Seeking πŸ’­

I did a lot of interviews while I was working and I did it for 6 months. I even had to create a sheet file to track every IT company I talked with :laugh:
The 1st wave of interviews taught me that I didn't know enough so I worked harder although I was really on the downslope (my self-confidence was taking a toll with so many interviews, denials and "We need someone with more experience")

My Skills πŸ’­

I knew that I had to get a dev job to properly learn. I had to get in touch with the field. And I was honest about that in the interviews.
I didn't have much on my favor but I did have my willingness to learn and I knew what skills I actually knew!

Career Path πŸ’­

I needed a backup plan, tho, and I knew I enjoyed design so I worked on both skills: developing and designing. I was great at none but one helped the other and they gave me a slight advantage since front end and design go hand in hand

End Result πŸ’­

I believe that my personality, willingness to learn, design+code skills, and job experience got me the job. I knew I would enter the field by

  1. having great coding skills
  2. combining all I know and do.

And I'm actually glad that 2. was the winner since life is more than code!

Conclusion

Be human πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ You're not just your coding skills and if you want a good working environment you don't want a job that sees you just as a developer. Be honest and resilient and hone all your skills that you actually want to carry with you

Thank you for reading 🀘 If you want you can follow me on Twitter or maybe Youtube

Discussion (2)

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Daniel Carvalho

Congratz Rui ! Never give up :)

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Rui Sousa Author

Thank you, Daniel 🀘