Update! 3 Months Post Graduation!

Hello, blog, my old friend.

I realize I should be updating this more often. I’ve been tweeting (@jamiegamblin), so I haven’t been completely MIA!

It’s been exactly 3 months since I graduated the Front End Engineering program at The Iron Yard in Atlanta. I’ve since made the cross country trek back to Boise, Idaho and landed as a Marketing Web Developer at Tribute Media.

The job finding process was stressful, to say the least, but I learned a lot and am glad I went through the experiences I went through.

I was offered two jobs, was turned down for one and stopped the process in the middle of another one. All in all, I went through 3 technical interviews, 3 more face-to-face standard interviews and one timed writing test.

The technical screens that I went through were intense, but the most intense was the whiteboard session I did. I won’t lie and say they went smoothly. All of them had challenges that I needed guidance through but I was pleasantly surprised at my performance during all of them, even though there was room for improvement.

The whiteboard session was without any resources, but it was pseudo code. Whereas the online tech screens were written in perfect syntax, but I was allowed to use google when I got stuck. So, both formats were learning experiences and stressful in their own ways. But, also, fun. I like challenges.

In the end, I took an offer before I finished the interview process with the 4th company (their process was too slow for me). Both offers I received really valued my Marketing experience, which definitely came in handy as I ventured into the Agency side of things.

I am not writing as much Javascript as I wish I was, but I am utilizing EVERY thing I learned at Dev school. The more I learn, the more I want to learn and I miss the pace of Dev school. That panicky, rush to understand and grasp a new concept. It’s addictive.

My advice to new grads is to focus on the basics as you head into the interview process. That’s all I was tested on, really. The fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JS. And don’t pretend you know something if you don’t. That was some of the feedback I got from the company that didn’t offer me a position. I was told I did well in the interview, even when I didn’t know something, I didn’t pretend I did, they can tell when you’re fumbling/pretending.