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I just got hired! - Part 1 (self-taught, 36yo)

Jun 01, 2021 - 12:56 PM

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The time has come. I finally got hired as a Front-End Web Developer on May 2021. It took around 2 years, not as fast as some YouTubers who got one in 3 to 6 months, but I made it in my own way.

I have a BA in film, have worked mostly in marketing and management, have no CS background whatsoever, but landed on a job as a developer. Shout out to Chris Sean who gave me a huge motivation and inspiration.

For those of you who are having a hard time on studying or getting a job in a similar case like mine, I'd like to share some of the lessons I've learned in a hard way.

Lesson 1. Find what you want to do first, not languages
If you know what exactly you want to do with programming, you can skip this part. (I am jealous🥲)
If not, try to think about the answer for the question below.

"What do you want to do with programming skills?"

Many of beginners may think, "How do I know what I want if I know nothing about programming?". And that is so true. It may sound easy to answer, but it's a whole complicate process to find what you want to do with it.
So what I had in mine at the beginning?

  • developers look cool 😎
  • they get paid well 💰
  • well...I like computer (games) 😹
I know, mine sounds so basic. I was just tired of working in sales and management. I wanted to learn some technical skills to have a different lifestyle and that was it. I had some simple impressions about the tech jobs, but I had no idea what I want to do (because I knew literally nothing).

While navigating in a huge ocean of YouTube, I found myself spending too much time on choosing which language to start with, not on finding what I want to do with programming. If you've never thought deep enough to know what you want to do like me, take some time off with a cup of coffee and search what types of jobs are there and what they do. If I gave myself enough time on it, I literally could save 1 to 2 months of time (or even more).

Without searching for jobs out there, I chose JavaScript after watching tons of videos such as "which language to learn in 2019" or "top 3 programming languages in 2019"(🙀 yeah, I know). The only reason why I chose JavaScript was that I thought I could land on a job faster than the other ones(a job? I didn't even know what I want to do 🥶). However, still I wasn't sure about my decision. So I spent another tons of time to convince myself if I was in the right path even when I was learning Front-End on Treehouse.

My point is, don't look for languages first like I did. Don't dive too deep into the YouTube algorithm that makes you search over and over again (I've learned a lot of things from YouTube as well, don't get me wrong). You will eventually learn other languages over time if you wish. Try to step aside for a moment and think what you really would like to do with it. Yeah, it takes time and it's tough, but if you find one, everything else will come much easier and smoother.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences here if you wish.
See you guys in the next post.