I must say this is very encouraging. I started using this strategy when I moved to a new country. I have basic coding experience. Then, I got the opportunity to be on the software automation testing side of things in one new start-up company. For 2-months as a volunteer (no pay of any kind), I worked 8 to 9 hours a day for 2 days in a week which were days I didn’t have to go to work. I have kids to take care of and a part time job that kept us going as new immigrants. Note: my husband was still looking for a job.
The company was not ready to teach me anything, (I was gradually learning how to test with Selenium. I worked on different parts of their current project and at the end, they told me “goodbye-that-they-need-an-experienced-senior-tester”. I was devastated.
Your story has really lifted my spirit and taught me another startegy to follow. Thank you for sharing Rick West.