Hey guys, like the title says, I was hired as a front-end developer after about 9-10 months after I started FCC.
I’ve always liked to read threads about other campers who got a job, they gave me a lot of motivation and optimism during my studies. So I think it would be nice to share some thoughts with you. Of course, it is all about my experience.
As for my background, I have a bachelor degree not related to CS, but I did have some experience in a few programming languages, especially Python, which I used for text and data manipulation.
Some impressions I have got from my studies:
You should keep an eye in what the companies are asking to hire someone in the position you want. For me, I was looking for a Front End position and it was clear that overall the most requested skills were good knowledge of ReactJS or Angular. I learned a bit of both (and VueJS, but unfortunately there isn’t a lot of demand for it here in Brazil) and chose to focus in Angular.
Learning Git it is not that difficult but I only got the hang of it after I started using for real in my projects. And you can trust me, it is very useful.
After I knew I had a solid knowledge of the basics of Webdev and a few good projects to show, I bought a domain and hosted my portfolio to start applying for jobs.
I was lucky in that I didn’t need to apply for many positions before I got a response from a company. They sent me a test in which I had to make a small app in Angular featuring unit tests that would consume an certain API. Even though I didn’t have a lot of experience I polished the app the best I could, following the good practices I knew of. It was far from perfect, but they liked my test and called for an interview.
It is a good company and I am very excited with this new step. I am aware that this is just the beginning and I will keep studying and doing my best so I can become a competent developer.
I am very grateful for FCC. Even though I probably studied more through other sources, it was the most important resource for me in this journey. The structured curriculum and the nice community were so important. Thank you all!