Linda changed her path from a computer engineering (focus on hardware) student to a self-taught frontend developer and hired during a pandemic.
Please introduce yourself
My name is Linda Ikechukwu. I’m a Frontend developer. I currently work at Omnibiz (which is a subsidiary of Tolaram Group) as a React Js frontend developer. My primary responsibility is to maintain and implement new UI features for the omnibiz dashboard application. It’s an all-in-one saas sales solution for manufacturers and distributors.
What was your background before you learned to code?
Before learning to code, I was studying computer engineering in university. During the course of my studies which was heavily hardware focused, I discovered that I didn’t really like tinkering with hardware. I picked up an interest in coding (frontend development specifically) after I used Wordpress to set up a blog. It was intriguing and I wanted to find out how the systems were built.
How did you learn to code?
I learnt to code using online resources like FreeCodeCamp and Jonas Schmedtmann’s courses on udemy. During this period, I made sure I practised every single thing I learnt by building a side project with it and hosting it on my github.
How did you prepare for an interview?
The interviewing process at my current job was quite different. I was referred by a mentor who had relations with the technical lead. Prior to that, I had built a personal dashboard project similar to what the company was working on, which I highlighted on my resume. During my interview, the technical lead and I just had a chat about the project, my thought processes when building the application, why I used a particular tool over another, why I structured the project files the way it was e.t.c. We also chatted about my blog, why I write and how I decide on what to write about. After that, I was hired and made an offer.
Tips for newbies
- Don’t be stuck in the tutorial loophole
- Build aggressively as you learn and
- Join a helpful community to network
Five phases newbies should go through when learning to code
- Pick a niche
- Find structured learning resources for your niche
- Build something, anything!
You can read up on more helpful tips from The Self taught developer’s guide to learning to code.
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