This is a new year and there have been so many things in my life I have been putting off. Such as creating a comic book. Of course I’m going to have to collab with someone because I’ll be honest, I am not a great writer, but I have so many amazing ideas.
In the end, it was definitely satisfying to be done, but then another challenge fell right on my path. Job hunting.
I was searching high and wide for positions available with the little but good experience I had under my belt. Not to mention, I didn’t do any internships in college.
I would get excited to see “Junior Level Developer”, but when I check the requirements they list “With at least 3 years of experience!” Ugh, it was a nightmare and I was losing hope. Had I done something wrong? I thought I had everything I needed.
During my search, and occasional Facebook Feed distractions, a video popped up. It was a Ted Talk. Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, gave a speech on, “Teach girls bravery, not perfection.” Please watch it!
This video really struck a cord with me, I experienced almost everything of what she discussed in the video. And that’s when I started feeling much better about the position I was in. I finally stopped caring whether or not I didn’t meet 100% of the requirements on job listings. I started applying to those where I felt comfortable interviewing and taking the position (if possible) for. I was finally getting some interviews, and it was great. Even though I didn’t get an offer right away, I didn’t let that get me down. I continued applying and interviewing - it only made my interviewing skills improve.
I took an internship for the summer in Madison, WI. There I was able to get a little more experience and help improve my skills. I built a portfolio, then started applying some more. I landed a Web Developer position, and I couldn’t be happier where I am at now.
If you’re reading this and are wanting to get a career in Computer Science. GO FOR IT! If you’re that passionate about something, pursue it.
Or if you don’t want to go back to college for an extensive Computer Science degree, and just want to get into web development, I’ll list some resources to help you get started.
“How to become a front-end developer!” - by Thomas Peham
“Exactly What You Need to Know to be a Front End Developer” - by Cameron Chapman
Good luck and thanks for reading! :)
Love and Robots,