Testing 1, 2, 3 is this thing on?

It is coming up on two solid weeks since I “graduated” from software school. It was a mild January Tuesday when we presented, science fair style our final capstone. Over the Christmas break I spent most of my free time working on my application, SongHouse. An app for the administration side of a music publishing company. After our presentations my family arrived in town to celebrate my finishing school. I received invitations the next day to apply for jobs! How exciting. My jumping off a cliff was paying off and it looked like I was going to fly. I promptly filled out the applications and waited for my first tech interview.

To say I was nervous about this first time was an understatement. I had been interviewing for jobs for years and though always a little nerve racking this was a whole new ballgame in a field where I am still working on putting all the pieces together. They asked me some basic tech questions that, personally I think, anyone who has gone through a 6 month bootcamp should have been able to answer without a moments pause. I paused, a lot. They were kind and said I was doing great. Then came the part that I had been dreading — I am going to send you a code test. This happened with 100% of the places I interviewed with. 100% of the time my heart sank.

A few weeks before the end of class our instructor decided to give us some questions. Honestly, most of the class did horrible. He got upset and said that these were the kind of questions companies were going to be asking. A classmate took the list of the questions (they had written them down) to the head of the school and we were told that 85–90% of the companies we’d be interviewing with wouldn’t not ask us to do a code test or would the questions be anything like what had been put to us. If that is the case the how come 100% of the companies I had interviewed with ask me questions tougher than what we had seen? Needless to say I failed all of them because I simply wasn’t prepared.

I know there is a lot for me to learn. For goodness sakes I’ve only been at this for 6 months and a lot of the teaching has been self taught as you can go through and read half of my blog and see the lightening speed we were ‘taught’. I have shown pictures of our syllabus which no one who already didn’t have a solid foundation in programming could have handled. So I am not sure why I am as shocked and dismayed that two weeks after ‘graduating’ that feeling of jumping off a cliff is really feeling like jumping off a cliff without a parachute.

I am now spending my days sitting in coffeeshops trying to beef up on basics in preparation for when I might get my next interview and trying to figure out my next steps. Do I just find a job to get some money coming in since it has now been seven months of no income only out going? Do I give it just a few more weeks and hope that time away will let my brain calm down for all that was attempted to get crammed into it and pray that my next interview goes better? This certainly is not what I expected and envisioned as I quit my job to enter this school.

The only thing that makes me feel better, right now, is know that a week from now everything could be different. I could get an interview and have a job! Next week everything could be different. Next week everything could be different.

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