I’m still a long way from finishing my bootcamp at Flatiron, nowadays I’m working in the Sinatra section, but I have started to think about my life after it and how successfully I can get all the necessary skills to become a competent web developer.
Completing the course is a very good first step but I think I should work in other aspects too.
I outlined a scheme in my OneNote with the following sections in which I would like to work:
I wrote down my motivations so I can check them out when I need it. I felt a little bit down this week because it was hard to me to understand all the connections and how the routes work with Rack, Sinatra, ActiveRecord… It was very confusing at the beginning and I felt overwhelmed thinking that I was losing a lot of time in a lab and that at this path I would never finish my course. It was very handy to read again all my motivations and get a more positive view.
My motivations are:
- Become a Software Engineer at a tech or not tech company that I like
- Support my family financially
- The joy of learning and growing
- Help other people with my code or my monetary income
I believe that as a future web developer I should start creating my personal library. It seems to me an excellent practice to complete what I learned in the bootcamp reading books.
These are my books:
- Static Site Generators
Metaprogramming Ruby 2: Program Like the Ruby Pros (Facets of Ruby). This is the book that I am reading at the moment.
Hackathons / MeetUps
I have not yet gone to any of them but I want to do it soon and overcome my fear of ridicule. I think that I still do not know enough but I’m missing out on a great learning opportunity.
I’ve already started looking for MeetUps in my city about Ruby or women programmers.
Building a resume
It would be great to fill my resume with internships and side projects before starting with my job hunt.
I would like to study some structures and algorithms to pass coding interviews.
I can get some help from:
- Books like Cracking the Coding Interview
- Websites to practice with exercises like
- Or other websites with general info like
It is too early to start with this but I keep in mind that I would like to use Flatiron services as other recruiters and my Google Fu! Maybe my networking in Hackathons can help me too!