I don’t usually post in forums, but I really wanted to thank FCC, @QuincyLarson, and @brianamarie for helping me change the course of my life. I can’t believe it’s been less than a year and I’ve found a job as a webmaster/web developer.
I started programming (absolute zero knowledge) in Nov 2016 here on FCC. I wasn’t even sure if I’d like it or be good at it, but I wanted to try it out. I was immediately interested and kept going at it. At the time, I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science which I love, but my interests were changing. I was doing both, FCC and Exercise Science, even though they felt like two completely different worlds. I’m sure I can combine both one day.
Along the way, I supplemented my learning with other online resources and Treehouse; however, FCC was always my ‘home base’ that I could return to when things were unclear or scattered.
I started getting more serious in May/June and started actually building the front-end projects. Each project seemed like a huge mountain to climb, but they were all fun and taught me so much along the way. I truly believe that the projects are the best way to learn and solidify what you’ve learned. During this time building projects, I was also applying to jobs, even though I probably wasn’t ready for that. I was eager lol.
In late June/August, I kept looking for a development-related job and I got my portfolio looking ready. All of my projects are basic, but I was hoping it would convince employers that I have the potential to learn. [I’m still working on the front-end certificate.]
I applied for hundreds of jobs, probably, and never heard back from most of them. I finally got an interview for a start-up company in Sarasota, FL – I thought it went well, but I was not offered the job. I was still thankful for the interview experience.
A couple of weeks later after that interview, I got the chance to interview over skype for a webmaster/ web developer position at a company in Texas. I thought I came across as inexperienced, but they seemed interested. They stated they weren’t looking for remote employees and that we could talk more in person. I was considering moving there anyway, so I packed up and took the two-day drive from south Florida to Texas. There was no guarantee that I’d be hired.
The next day after I arrived, I met with the owner in person and he hired me! I’ve worked there two days so far. I’m overwhelmed, for sure, but I’m so thankful I get the opportunity to do what I love and be paid to do it! I’m also suffering from ‘imposter syndrome’ for sure, especially considering my inexperience and unrelated formal education, but it helps to know that a lot of others feel that way sometimes.
My responsibilities include website maintenance, updating content, general IT troubleshooting, networking, and building software for other internal departments. I found out that there’s so much more to learn, including PHP, visual basic, and some graphic design.
I’ve always wanted to write an “I got a job!” post, haha. Again, I’m so thankful to the FCC community.
I’m going to continue FCC, of course, in addition to learning other languages I need for the new job.
There’s also a lot more meetup groups here in Texas (compared to Florida), so I’m excited for those too.
At times, it felt like this day would never come, but if you continue to work towards your goals, it’s inevitable that you’ll reach them!