Happy 2021 + Job Update

YouTube Video of Plans and Goals for New Year

Hey everyone welcome to the new year! By now, I hope you had time to reflect on the weird year we just experienced and have made some great plans for 2021!

As for my goals: Expect a video each week so subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already, 2 newsletters each month – if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter sign up now. I also want to post more on social media, specifically Twitter and Instagram so if you aren’t following me there, be sure you do. Particularly, more interactive and behind the scenes content.

I figured I would start the year off with a job update. I haven’t updated in a few weeks and we have had the holidays but I did want you to know what I’ve been up to. I also want to tell you about the things I have planned for the new year in terms of job hunting and my channel so read on if you’re interested.

This update is to feature updates from the last few weeks of December a.k.a during the holidays. I didn’t do much but I did get a rejection from a coding test I did. I completed the test this time so I’m not sure what went wrong there 🤷🏾‍♀️ Except it looks like 🗑 However, I learned some basic React while doing it so I’d say thats a win. Here a link to the repo: (https://github.com/tthompson899/magic-potion/blob/main/resources/js/components/index.js) If you are a React Engineer and have a second, I’d appreciate the feedback – Feel free to comment on the repository or send me DM on Twitter or Instagram. Thanks in advance.

I applied to a position. Since its was during the holidays, I didn’t hear back however, I do plan on reaching out to spark some conversation about the job.

I had an interview and they also gave me a coding test just before the holidays and I will be following up with them once people start heading back to work.

I decided to take a bit of break during the holidays. To get the creative juices flowing, I started updating my website with a template. I plan to unveil the finished product some time during Q1 (January – March) 2021.

Going forward, I want to seek out jobs to apply for based on companies that are doing good in the world – whether it be through their products, services or through their users.

I plan to practice getting comfortable with algorithms on HackerRank for sure and probably try out LeetCode as well.

I will film a couple of past coding tests I have gotten from interviews. The idea is to give you an idea of what to expect based on my current job search and to practice for future interviews.

Overall, this year I generally want to get better at interviewing, particularly coding interviews. I plan to land my next role and I plan to put out more videos for you all. There will be videos where I give an update or talk about a topic of interest such as job searching topics and diversity. I’ll also be doing more coding topics such as reviewing old coding tests and completing them and creating projects. I also want to include more videos on how I organize and plan things such as planning how I’m going to update my website.

I’m wishing you all a great new year to come! Please take care of yourself and be nice to others.

Don’t Settle for just ANY Job

Rather Watch? Check out my video on this topic

I feel as people, especially black people or people of color minorities, are taught to accept the first thing that is given to us. This is more so when it comes to job opportunities.

But I see more and more that it’s important for us as minorities to really think about what we want, write down what we need and what we won’t bargain with. We should not back down just because it’s the first opportunity that we see. There’s probably more opportunities out there for you to have but you just accepted what was put in front of you. For me, my parents have that mentality – that someone gave them a job and they have to make sure to keep that job and so on and so forth. In my opinion, people might give you a door but it’s your job to do the work and make that door open. 

I remember when I was job hunting and I felt like the first person that said yes that I should accept. I feel like we think that way because we can’t see anything else. Please make sure you do your due diligence and look and apply for opportunities that fit what you’re looking for. 

Don’t settle for the first thing because they offer – I understand that sometimes we do settle for one reason or another so if you do that, then be ready to accept everything that comes with it. Put your best forward forward and learn what you need until you truly find what you’re looking for. 

In conclusion, go for what you want, stop saying you can’t have it because it’s not your time yet or you don’t deserve it. Wait for the bigger blessing for your future, really lean into what matters and which place will better serve those values and that fit within your lifestyle. Like I said, it’s best to know what you want so that you can only go for what you want.