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James Cox Author

I love React. But it's not the end-all, be-all for me. In other words, I don't really care as much that the role does or doesn't use React. I have enough understanding of core programming principles that I could honestly move into any tech stack.

I hear what you are saying about not having enough experience seen as a negative. And that's the point isn't it? How do you gain experience without being given the chance to gain experience?

There are a few options: build out something yourself that has real world users. PROVE that you can make something people want to use. Harder said than done. The start-up life is both difficult and a big gamble. But not impossible.

Freelance. Take on small clients and work for very little or nothing in the beginning. Make simple sites for small business etc. This is more or less what I am doing currently (although I lucked into a few paying clients right off the bat). Prove that you know how to manage clients and create value for businesses.

Get an internship or entry into a company via a non-development position. This is something I've looked into as well. MOST of these companies are looking for people with CS degrees, which I do not have. But it is still possible.

The lesson I have learned is you have to be willing and available to do and try lots of avenues to get in.

Thank you for your POV and feedback. It's tough out there and you just have to be willing to experience no after no after no after....

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Muhammad Hasnain • Edited on

You make great points and I understand that it is indeed very difficult. I couldn't agree more when you said, "Build out something yourself that has real world users." I couldn't agree more because that's what you do on the job.

Have you read about the Pot Quality vs Quantity experiment? I think the best way to move forward for any developer is to just start building. Look at a website and just start replicating it from scratch in HTML and CSS and when done, move on to the next one.

This is what I did and it helped me a lot in landing the jobs I talked about. Anyways, thanks a lot and I wish you the best!

EDIT: Quick tip, if you cannot open the medium article, just open it in incognito mode.