Introduce yourself!

Introduce yourself!
0
#1

Hi everyone :wave:

Please use this thread to say hello and tell us a bit about yourself! I’ll go first…

I’m Matt, a software developer living in London. Originally from Nottingham, my coding journey began at the beginning of 2015 when I decided I needed a career change after working as a self-employed guitar and piano teacher for several years since graduating with a degree in music tech (and then a master’s in music).

I started off mainly learning Python and basic computer science by doing a bunch of MOOCs on Coursera and edX, as well as using various other resources such as Codecademy and Khan Academy. Towards the end of the year, I discovered freeCodeCamp and started working through the curriculum.

In April 2016 I plucked up the courage to go to my first freeCodeCamp meetup and I’ve been to almost every single one since then. Everyone was (and still is!) super friendly and helpful, and it really gave me a lot of motivation to put time into freeCodeCamp projects and exercises almost every day; six months later I had a portfolio I was proud of and the confidence to apply for developer jobs. You can still see it here, I haven’t touched it since: https://mdlewis.co.uk/ One day I’ll finally get round to rebuilding it!

I got my first job as a front end developer soon after in November 2016, and have bounced around a few different companies since then. I now work as a full stack developer at a green energy supplier called Bulb, working mainly with TypeScript, React and Node.

In April 2018 I volunteered to take over organising the freeCodeCamp London meetups after the previous organiser stepped down. Since working full time I haven’t made too much progress through the curriculum, but I enjoy helping out aspiring developers and making new friends.

I’m always learning new things though, and my current project is to try and learn Rust to see what all the fuss is about (apparently it’s the ‘most loved’ programming language according to the latest Stack Overflow survey)! I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it as a language to start with as a beginner though, as even with a few years of experience I’m finding it quite challenging :sweat_smile:

Apart from coding and technology, other interests include music (obviously), films, history, politics, and I’m currently attempting to learn some basic Mandarin in preparation for a trip to China later this year.

That was long, so please don’t feel you need to write that much! One or two sentences will do. But hopefully that gives some context as to how I ended up where I am now :slight_smile: Feel free to follow me on GitHub (https://github.com/matt2112) or drop me a message anytime on here or on Slack.

4 Likes
About the London category
pinned #2
#5

Hey, I’m Stath.

My coding journey started in year 8 at school, when I first encountered HTML/CSS. I retained an interest and “coded” (quotes before I anger the “HTML and CSS aren’t code” crowd :grin:) as a hobby. I started doing the fCC material on and off (very off) from when it was very first announced.

I pursued a career in football, my other passion, as a coach and eventually decided that it wasn’t where I wanted to be. I did a different (Ruby on Rails-based) coding bootcamp in 2017, with a view to changing careers. Once I finished that, I took the fCC curriculum more seriously as I intended to improve by frontend and javascript skills. I found my first role in Jan 2018 and haven’t look back since.

I’m passionate about mentoring developers-in-waiting and try to get to the meetups at skillsmatter every month. Life always conspires against me and I end up at the meet-up once every three months, unfortunately.

I can be found on Twitter (@estivaros), Github (Stivaros) and Slack. Happy to talk code any time :slight_smile:

2 Likes
#6

Hi All, I’m Adam,

I first started learning to code in Java, then Python back in 2012 - 16 or so. I had a bit of a hiatus and got back involved by using fCC in late 2017 early 2018. I obtained the Responsive Web Design certificate last year and attended a couple of meetups, but I’ve found it difficult to attend more often as I live quite far away.

Recently I completed a ‘Get into Web’ course via the Prince’s Trust as I’ve been unemployed / taking a break from work for a while. After finishing the course I just got my first job as a Junior Front-end Dev @ a fashion company in the West End. I’m currently learning Bootstrap and a bunch of other things while trying to work on landing pages, the main website and other areas, like marketing emails.

I really think the fCC initiative is a great one and totally welcome anyone to join it, even if just the FB group or using the forums here, it helps to be better connected to others.

As I work in London now my intention is to attend more fCC meetups and I hope to meet other newbies like myself!

Thanks all!

Adam

2 Likes
#7

Hi all! I’m Katie

My coding journey started in mid-2018, mostly in Java. I had started my career as a chemical engineer, where I found I had a talent and passion for programming whilst working on process control projects (included designing logic for how the plant runs and working with the “programming language” of the plant). After that I picked up LeetCode problems and realized I enjoyed programming more than the ChE city jobs, so last year decided to learn more programming and, if it was a good fit, switch careers.

I didn’t have a real path to start off - I was learning programming and Java concepts from my boyfriend, who’s a software engineer. I would do (too many) beginner courses, but found myself lost in that “intermediate” step of knowing the basics and actually using them beyond simple projects. I took a Udemy course on Java which gave me the confidence and more knowledge where I felt actually prepared. Since then I’ve been building projects (although still struggle with project ideas). I intend to start the FCC curriculum once I get a portfolio under my belt.

I’m applying for jobs now, mostly in backend. I’m excited to start using what I’ve learned and continue to grow. I recently moved from the US to the UK and am really glad this group popped up on my Meetups page - you guys have been a very supportive and fun group. I look forward to meeting more of you at future meetups and keeping in touch via Slack in between.

Katie

2 Likes
freeCodeCamp London June meetup