I found out about FCC and started working through the program in June 2018. Today on November 26, 2018 I completed the last project on the Information Security & Quality Assurance Certification and claimed the Full Stack certification!! Ironically on the same day I got fired from my recent job as a Junior Developer here in Canada. Ohh the irony lol.
I had gotten the job after completing the first three of the FCC certifications and working on my portfolio and resume a lot. I applied and applied and I had tweaked my presentation to the point where I was getting interviews and evaluation projects which I was super thankful for but not any offers. Fast forward… I finally got a job in October 2018 with a company eager for a backend developer working with the LAMP stack. I’ll be honest although I have built projects in PHP and deployed on an Apache server, worked with Linux and SSH tunneling; I was entirely self-taught and so my knowledge was very specific to the project I was working to complete. Anyways I studied hard to learn fast. Completed my projects to the standards set by the lead developer but to my surprise was let go today. I was informed that they are looking for a more senior developer when I received my termination letter from HR (That part was not too great).
However, I am not mad or upset. I learned a lot and was thankful for the opportunity. I do think that I may have not fit in perfectly with the company culture since it seemed to be a really tight knit group. But that is besides the point.
I am super happy to have continued to work on the FCC certifications and I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn how a small startup operates. It motivated me even more to grow and develop. I have soo many project ideas, and areas I want to study more. Plus I think I took some solid tips about business from them.
I am writing this to share with my fellow campers my experience in hopes it will help them in the future. I still have a lot to learn and the road does not look like its paved in gold but I can always be thankful for what I have and that I have the opportunity to improve on myself and find an even better opportunity in the future.
P.S. I struggled A LOT with Regular Expressions when I was first learning them and I read one reply that is just GOLD (I cannot find the Camper so I am failing at giving proper credit). It went something like ‘don’t skip challenges or sections. If this was all easy it would not pay so well’.
I am also a huge fan of regular expressions now btw. Kinda funny. Anyways have a good day. I hope this was a good read or beneficial in some way.
Jamal ‘J8’ Ahmed