Your Job the First Couple Weeks at a New Job

What are going to be doing the first couple weeks at a new job?

I can’t answer that for you because I have no idea – But I can tell you what you should be doing the first few weeks at a new job.

  1. Asking Questions
    • Everyone always says ask questions but what questions should you be asking when you don’t know much about what’s already going on?
      • Ask about the workflow – How do they get and complete tasks
      • What applications are they using for daily productivity? And if you don’t know them then familiarize yourself with them.
      • Ask what is expected of you during your first 2-3 months so you can better contribute and so you know your goals and what you need to accomplish.
      • Get your first task and start asking about the codebase
  2. Learning about the company and the product
    • The product and/or company are probably a big portion as to why decided to take a job to begin with – Start getting to know them better by reading up on any literature the company has to offer or finding out the right people to talk to about the product
  3. Getting to know your co workers
    • This one really intimidates me but you have to talk to the people you’ll be working with so you can build a work relationship with them
      • Start joining in on office banter, going to team lunches and happy hours
        • It’s not a enough to go but you should also join in the conversations while you’re there – This one is always super difficult for me but it can be done. So don’t feel like this is an easy task for everyone

I hope this was helpful! Best of luck in your new role! What do you do to get acclimated into a new company/position? I’d love to hear your comments below.

My Decision to Attend a Bootcamp

I’ve been saying for a couple years now that if I just quit my job and work diligently, I would be able to get a job as a Developer. Well, I never had to guts to quit until January 2016.

My journey to attend a bootcamp starts in January 2016 when I got rejected from yet another Entry Level Developer job. I was fed up and believed that I had the experience to get the job considering I went to college and studied some coding (in PHP, MySQL, HTML/CSS) and have been focused on Web Development for a year and half but nonetheless, I was looked over.

At the end of January 2016, I fasted with my church (The Daniel Fast) and focused my fast on finding the direction for my career because the job I was at just wasn’t cutting it for me (there was no creativity being a Data Analyst and my job was tedious and redundant). I was looking on Course Report one day and a bootcamp called Coding Dojo appeared on my screen (it was listed on the site, it stood out to me so I clicked on their website). I believe it was only God that lead me to the site because to this day, I have no idea how or why I was even on coursereport.com.

I liked what I saw on the site, individuals expressing how excited they were about code and how confident they’d become in learning to code and this spoke to me. I applied after a couple days of lingering around their site; I scheduled an interview the very next day with little time to prepare for the coding portion. During the interview, I showed my reservations about my confidence in code and was encouraged by the interviewer to talk it out and surprisingly I was able to come up with conclusions to find the answers in the code. On Monday, I received in an e-mail congratulating me on being accepted into the bootcamp.

WOW! I thought, I have to quit my job now, there’s no turning back. From the time I signed up to the interview, I started putting more of my Faith in God and watching Him work in my life, I mean, I couldn’t forget that He’s the one that brought me this far. I began applying for loans through my banks, through the loan companies provided on their site and received a ‘No’ from every one of them. It was disappointing to say the least but I kept praying for answers. By Friday (5 days after being accepting into the bootcamp), I ran out of places to apply and sent an e-mail to the Dojo explaining to them I was unable to afford the bootcamp. I was answered back with another suggested loan company earnest.com – I applied that day, they needed more information from me by that evening so I responded immediately. From reading their reviews, the process took most 7 -10 business days so I kept checking in with customer service a couple times and finally on the 10th day when my hope was wavering, I received confirmation that my loan had been approved.

I notified the Dojo after the acceptance of the loan terms and began getting excited to learn with like-minded individuals who just want to code!

I am nervous, excited and scared – I’m quitting my job, using my savings (Thanks Dad for teaching me how to save at an early age :] ) and starting a new journey with what I hope to be some awesome people.