Life after The Iron Yard

Alrighty then!!!!!! So its May 15th, just celebrated a birthday and Im back at my old job doing what I had been doing since October 2015. So what has been going on since graduating with a front End software developer certification……. ? …….. Applying, applying, applying, applying, and applying. Oh yeah and I almost forgot, APPLYING!!!!!

I feel happy that I feel like I qualify for many jobs posting but There is one thing that I seem to not have that the overwhelming majority of jobs seem to be asking for. It starts with an “E” and ends with “XPERIENCE”.

How the heck am I supposed to get “Experience” if All that companies are looking for is experience. So what is my answer to this predicament?

FREELANCING

Cue the celebratory triumphant music of inspiration.

So I thought to myself as i’m sure most Code School graduates think about, I need to do something to keep my skills up. So I decided to ask my church if I can redesign their website for them.

First issue I faced was that they have a Wordpress site, which was not taught to us at the Iron Yard, but therein lies the beauty. So over the last 6 weeks or so, I have been learning PHP and Wordpress development. I did mention this in my last post but Ive been silent since then. I’ve been grinding it out, learning new things and trying hard to add to my resume. So here are the things I have learned in array form.

[MAMP, Wordpress Themes, Wordpress Database, Setting up new custom themes, Wordpress page hierarchy, get_header();, get_footer();, Scroll Magic, difference between GET and POST, <?php ?>, get_site_url();, get_template_directory_uri();,]

Honestly that is only some of the things i’m having to learn to make this site. I have to give props to my buddy Adam, former Iron Yard Graduate and currently working with a company called DUABLE. He has been a big help is steering me in the right direction.

So what’s next for the site, Im currently making a request form page, and I next will be to create a page where visitors can contribute a monetary donation. So I have my work cut out for me but I know that this is what I need to do to get myself better prepared for the market place.

Im not going to lie and say that it hasn’t been frustrating applying to jobs and not hearing anything. But all I need is one YES. Thats all I need, and that’s my goal. To do everything I can to get that YES.

I was told to give myself 3 to 6 months to find a job. Ok so lets see where we are now.

Graduated: Feb 24th

Todays Date: May 15th

That is ruffly 2 1/2 months. haven’t even hit the 3 month mark.

Am I worried?

A little, but thats normal and healthy.

Sorry for not posting for a while but Im going to be doing this much more regularly. Hopefully soon I will be reporting back with great news about my new career with a great company. Till next time

Happy Coding

LG