When should you apply for developer job as a self-taught programmer?
As a self-taught programmer, we always want to eventually land a developer job. I can totally relate to that feeling because I went through the exact same emotion journey three years ago when I was still living in The Netherlands as a Chinese. Our time is so valuable that we need to efficiently figure out whether should we continue with our daily coding practice or not. If you already have a full-time job who want to shift career, or you are a full-time student at school who are fasciated with coding, you really want to know A.S.A.P about yourself as a self-taught coder in terms of technical skills level.
When we are student at University, we know when should we leave school and look for job. It’s hard to figure out the exact day to go out searching for developer job as a self-taught programmer. So, in this post, I would love to share the strategy that worked for me totally.
How I concluded that I could become a developer in three months
Although I got my first developer job after graduating from a 6-month FREE coding bootcamp, the crucial part it played was helping me connecting to the company’s HR service. We generally learnt how to code on our own during the program. And I believe it’s very important to leverage any connection you have when you start looking for job. But, in this post, I want to focus on the technical part — whether your technical skills are qualified (or ready for a job) as a professional developer or not in a relatively short period.
Execution: I started looking for job after coding for three months.
What if coding fails you?
In some cases, if you find out you’re totally stuck — having no idea about building a simple application even after three-month coding on your own, you probably consider your choice. I don’t mean that you won’t become a developer if you keep coding. I just mean that coding might not be suiting your very well. That’s also why I write this post about quickly figuring out whether we can become a developer or not in a short-period of our time. I don’t want you to feel regret about learning to code in the past months. It’s a great experience to challenge ourselves by learning something new, but it’s also important to keep in mind that we are probably not capable of everything. It’s OK to fail and stand up to try again and again.
I failed many times at job interview, and the reasons that I didn’t give up is because I knew that I was very capable of coding from my three-month of coding experiment. That’s why I highly recommend you to keep this in mind that quickly get yourself out to face any discomfort from other peoples’ judgements and critics to heading towards your goal!