Introduce yourself Philly!

Introduce yourself Philly!
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#1

Hi All!

I wanted to start a thread for folks to introduce themselves to the group.

My name is Daniel, I’m one of the organizers of freeCodeCamp Philly. I started learning to code back in 2014 and got my first gig in the industry at P’unk Ave in 2015. I wrote about my transition from Music to Tech via Free Code Camp’s blog on Medium (Mornings, Nights, and Weekends)

I’ve had so many people help me along the way and love working with those on a similar journey.

Post a quick note about yourself and your involvement/goals with freeCodeCamp below.

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Hi Daniel, my name is Patrick and I am in the Philly area I am transitioning from a career in sales to coding. I’ve used freeCodeCamp to learn HTML and CSS and did very will with it, but I am struggling with JavaScript. I will work through it. I am using multiple resources to to get the best understanding. Once I’ve learned JavaScript it’s my intention to learn Python, PHP and keep growing from there.

Coding is all I can think about. I show up for work an hour early so I can work on my coding when nobody is here. My goal is to become a full-stack developer

I would love to have an opportunity to network with people from the local area. I look forward to the day when I land my first job

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#3

Hey Patrick! That’s awesome, I had a similar transition back in 2015. Definitely come check us out at the next meetup if you can. https://www.meetup.com/Free-Code-Camp-Philly/events/261546601/

#4

Hey yall,

My name is Michael, I am in the South Jersey area and I am apart of the UPenn Fullstack coding program. My main goal right now is to connect with people and land my first job as soon as possible as a junior developer. I wish I could go to a meet up but my classes are at the same exact times of the meetups! :upside_down_face:

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#5

Hi Daniel, Patrick, and Michael-

My name is Nick. I’ve worked as an IT Support Specialist in Conshohocken for the last 5 years, and I’ve decided just this past year that I want to make a big change, rather than continue on in the IT Support realm. I’m signed up for a full-time certificate program at Montgomery County Community College that begins this summer (https://www.mc3.edu/degrees-and-programs/programs/engineering-and-technology/web-development-certificate).

For the last 2 or so months, I’ve been going through Codecademy’s Intro to Javascript course for about 2 hours every morning. It’s definitely challenging me already, but I find that it’s pretty fun and enjoyable to learn. I must admit, though, that I’m having a lot of doubts about whether this is all truly for me.

@dkh215 - I really appreciated your Mornings, Nights, and Weekends article. Very insightful and encouraging. I’m trying to heed your call for getting involved in as much community as possible; therefore, looking forward to connecting with the Philly community soon.

All the best to everybody!

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#6

Hello!

My name is Susan. I’ve been in Philly working in the food service industry for 11 years and am trying to transition into Tech. I first started learning how to code in 2015 by taking a short online course through Skillcrush. I absolutely loved it, but once the course was over, had no idea where to take it from there. I ended up starting a small food-related business with some friends, which was an awesome learning experience itself, but recently realized that I really want to pursue coding.

I love the type of problem-solving involved; it feels like food for the brain. I think that my biggest obstacle pursuing this dream is my shyness and inexperience with networking, so I’ve decided to make it a priority for me to get involved with the coding community, especially here in Philly.

I work on Saturdays, so probably won’t be able to make it to many of the meetups, but hope to connect with y’all here in the meantime! Right now I’m finishing up the Responsive Web Design Projects and am excited to build a portfolio.

Thank you, @dkh215 , for starting this Philly forum!

#7

Hello Everyone! My name is Ryan and I am also enrolled in the UPenn coding bootcamp. I’ve owned my own cleaning business for the past 6 years and changing careers into tech. I’m also a Commiteeperson and work with a PAC that educates urban millennials on the benefits of being civically engaged citizens. I plan on getting a job initially, but I’m entrepreneurial spirited and will work on my own projects as well. I look forward to meeting everyone in the near future.