Becoming A Developer In 12 weeks?!

Anomaly’s Views.
May 31 · 3 min read

Milestone

The last three months have gone by so quickly and I can’t believe I am here now writing this blog as part of the Makers Alumni squad! I am so grateful for my experience at Makers and still can’t get over how this all started off as a goal of mine to what it is now. It has been challenging, not just on a technical level but on an emotional level too, which just makes me want to celebrate this milestone even more. Let’s see where I will be in 3 months time from now! I am hoping that this post will not only give you an overall insight into what I was able to accomplish in the last 3 months (with the help of so many others) but it will also encourage people to really just go for their goals and dreams.

Final Project

For our final project I was put into a team of 3, and although we were small, we were powerful. Over such a short time frame we were able to create an amazing web application that encourages developers, regardless of what level they are at, to focus on key areas such as their wellbeing, networking skills and soft skills in order to be the best version of themselves. Our website was built using Python and several other tech stacks to bring it all together, you can checkout all of the information on GitHub and also via this link which allows you to actually visit our website.

Here is a video of us presenting our project on Demo Day. One of the goals I set before completing the bootcamp was to improve my confidence and presenting skills. With lots of practice I think I was able to achieve this on the day which really surprised me. -https://www.facebook.com/MakersAcademy/videos/1360520754098823/

On reflection there are two things that I would have definitely said to my past self or would now advise anyone who is about to start a coding bootcamp course:

  1. Comparison vs. Inspiration: Utilise your environment! There is always going to be someone with a far better technical ability than you or (whatever that means) that seems to just grasp concepts straight away/quicker. Let that inspire you, honestly you will reap more from it. With time you too will be able to grasp concepts faster. For now learn from each other, as there are so much things you could gain from others. Don’t compare yourself. Comparison is the thief of joy!
  2. Safe Space: Fail and don’t be afraid to fail lots and lots and lots of time. This is your safe space to get it all wrong and learn from it. It’s literally your playground and the quicker you stop wanting to get it right all the time, the better. This approach will open up a whole new play field for you to really grow and do some cool things.

SO?

In three months, I would say I have been equipped with amazing tools to help me on the start of my career as a Software Developer. There is no doubt that there is a lot more that I need to learn, which would have been impossible to achieve in 12 weeks but I have been given an amazing starting point. I have been exposed to Java, Ruby, JavaScript and Python and React. Moving forward I will now be focusing on JavaScript,React and Python for work, working on a mixture of front-end and back-end projects.

I started of with a desire. I faced several knock-backs, but I persevered; and with my faith and trust in God I am here now. If there is anything I would like for you to take away from this blog, it is to acknowledge your desires and aspirations and run with it as far you can. Even if you don’t end up where you want to be, I promise you won’t be disappointed with the pool of knowledge and victories you will be left with in the end. All of which would have come from the lessons you learnt along the way and from your resilience in times of adversities. Look out for my next blog post where I switch it up and talk about my volunteering experience for volunteer week in June.

Until next time- Ciao!

Anomaly’s Views.

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