How Léo will become a hero developer
Why don’t you work from anywhere and truly live the present ?
This series is about teaching Léo to become a professional developer from scratch. Léo can be any of you, desiring to learn and grow. Apply here, it will always be free ♥ https://mentorleo.co
I mentor Léo for the pleasure to see him grow. I decided to share this experience, and track his progress to encourage others to join his path!
- You can easily create your own projects, and learn by yourself.
- You can work remotely, you just need your laptop. Live the dream of becoming a digital nomad, work on the beach or wherever you want in the world.
- You can access a high salary with a crowd of employers desperate to hire you. Therefore, you can choose a job that fulfills you.
Forget about the screen-full-of-weird-hacker-code you see in the movies. Being developer simply means solving problems, using code. Are you afraid to type text ?
A French guy, working his ass off for a job he doesn’t like, only to pay his rent and have a couple of drinks with his friends. He has no skills in computer science, but willing to make his dreams come true.
Be like Léo.
Traditional education is inefficient. Getting a degree doesn’t mean you are skilled nor fitted for the industry (most of my professional skills come from work experience and side-project). Well okay, in school you learn to learn fast and you develop a good network. But both of these can be achieved anyway. Learning abilities will come with (surprise) learning more and more stuff. Network will grow while attending meetups, joining communities, contribute to open source, spend time with colleagues and simply meet people.
I believe 80% of results can be achieved with 20% of efforts: Learning by doing. However (at least in France from where I live), your hire is likely to be determined by your school, not your skills #wtf
This is where, as his mentor, I become useful. Once I trust his skills, I can recommend Léo to a cool job opportunity from my network \o/
I will be teaching him how to make a dead simple, but yet impressive project. I won’t code anything: he’ll have to do it all alone.
- Every night, I will have a few hours available for him, ensuring he is on the right steps and teaching him the concepts/mindset that he needs.
- Everyday I’ll be at my work, so he’ll have to make stuff happen alone. I will only be able to answer basic questions if he is stuck.
The key to success is: having fun!
Each problem is a game, and there are many ways to win :)
We will build a web app with React. It’s a relatively easy frontend framework to begin with, associated with a lot of job offers.
He will make a dynamic portfolio:
- the app will fetch stackoverflow job offers based on those skills
- the app will show the curated job lists
After making this, he will have the keys to make whatever he wants:
- connecting his backend with slack to push a message whenever there is a new matching job
- make graphs to see where the jobs are located in the world
You want to join the formation? Simply drop your email address to obtain the free material Léo will have access to: mentorleo.co
According to how well the program goes, I may train a few other Léos. Send me a message if you want also to be mentored! \o/
3 weeks to bootstrap his growth. Léo won’t be ready to work by then, but he will have the mindset to learn anything, and grow beyond his goals. I hope that within a few months of projects building and open source contributing he will be able to get a job.
I have planned only the first 3 weeks for now, and see how it works.
Week 1: Vanilla frontend
Goal: learn to functionally build the app, using basic tools.
Week 2: React frontend
Goal: use tools from the industry and build a professionally looking app!
Keywords: Git, NPM, Sass, React, Webpack, Animations
Week 3: Node.js backend
Goal: learn the backend side of the force to build a modern and scalable website \o/
Keywords: Terminal, Docker, Node.js, Express, Heroku
Become a hero developer
3 weeks aren’t enough to become a web developer. I’ll be tracking his progress, and keeping you in touch on how things evolve.
Let’s watch how fast Léo will have his first developer job! Get all updates by following me on twitter.com/orbmancer.
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About the mentor
“Build & learn something everyday”
Fast learner, full stack web developper and willing to share my knowledge.