Where Have I Been?

It’s been a few months since I posted about graduation. What’s been going on since then you may ask?

I’ve had some email and phone screens and a few interviews but I have yet to land my first developer position that I’ve been looking for. Everyone seems to be looking for Mid-Senior level developers that know what their doing. Most do not want to train an eager developer such as myself. At first, I was pretty upset about it but now it’s pretty much my reality that I don’t have a job so I don’t spend my time being upset, I just keep applying for relevant positions and attending meetups hoping for a day that I can land my first dev position.

I’m not going to say that it’s been an easy journey so far but I can’t complain with how things are going. Things could be worse so I’ll take what I can get. I know what you’re probably wondering…Do you regret leaving your job and attending coding bootcamp?

The short answer is no. The long answer is that I definitely feel the experience of attending Coding Dojo has made me a more confident developer. I’m not afraid to apply the skills I’ve learned to the real world environment. I know that the experience at the Dojo can set me up to working in many different industries using many different technologies based on the skills that I’ve learned while I was there.

So, What have I been doing to keep up my coding skills?

Excellent question! I have a knack for volunteering so I’ve been doing just that. I went to volunteermatch.org found opportunities that I feel I could contribute to and have applied, talked to the owners of the non profits and am now contributing to web applications.

The first one I applied for was in early September – I am volunteering virtually. They are currently using the LAMP stack to create a web application to benefit teens across the world. I have joined the Front End team for this project so many of my efforts are going to make sure the site looks like great using HTML, CSS and Bootstrap.

The second effort I am contributing to is a Disaster Relief web application for first responders in disaster struck areas. This group is using Java and Spring on the Back End – two that I know nothing about but it looks pretty cool. I am also a part of the Front End Team using HTML, Materialize CSS, Angular 2 and Typescript to make the site look and function correctly. It’s been pretty interesting working with Angular 2 and Typescript – I’ve only worked with Angular 1 up until then and there are many differences.

For both organizations, I am keeping the integrity of the web applications we are working on so the above details may be a bit vague. I plan to blog about some challenges that I’ve come across and things that have gone well – Don’t hold me to it though.

As you can see, I’m not necessarily working at an actual paying gig in tech but I am utilizing my skills to help out real non profits across America (both of the two I’m helping out with are located on the East cost with team members spread across the world).

Overall, I’m excited about my journey and where it may lead.