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First day out

Sitting at a coffee shop in the Merchandise Mart, trying to figure out how to get the most out of the (potentially) lengthy period of unemployment that I’ve just entered. It’s my first day after finishing career week with Dev Bootcamp. I’m sure I feel like most others in my situation do: optimistic, enthusiastic…terrified, overwhelmed. What if I’m not cut out for this? What if my passion isn’t enough to turn me into a quality coder? What if, during my period of unemployment, I completely forget everything I’ve just learned? What if every potential employer I encounter recognizes that I’m a huge fraud who’d never even heard of the command line up until a few months ago?

These fears are helpful motivators; I’ve determined to spend this period of unemployment keeping myself busy with code and finding ways to improve. One of the most important things I’ve learned during my time at DBC: Rather than comparing my current skill level to the skill level of others, I should focus on comparing my current skill level to my former skill level. When I think of it like that, I can be proud of the fact that I didn’t know what the command line was, and now its navigation has entered my muscle memory. It’s also a reminder that there’s always room for growth, and always more to learn. That’s what brings me to the coffee shop this morning: I’m waiting for a JavaScript promises workshop to begin that I found posted online. I’m a little early. Rather than following my first inclination to play games on my phone, I decided to use the time to follow the suggestion of others who had once been in my shoes: Start a blog.

After considering what the heck I should write about, I decided I’d focus on the new things I’m learning and the journey I’m going through towards making a huge career change. The journey from complete amateur who’d never heard of the command line to someone who is worthy of employment in web development.


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