Over the last few weeks, I’ve had two interviews and although I didn’t get either jobs, it is encouraging when one considers I had no programming experience prior to this time last year. Even with first class honours, the knowledge gained from the HDip in Computer Science course have given a solid foundation to progressive from and it is clear, employers want people with more skills than I have on display on github.
Some time has been put into reworking the website, however after following an advanced CSS and SASS I’m putting it on hold until I know how to create CSS code that is of a modern professional standard.
As for frontend frameworks, it has been recommended to me to learn at least one. Before attending the Angular MeetUp in Dublin, I was unsure whether to focus my time and energy on learning React, because of React Native and the virtual DOM or to focus on Angular. With Angular being a full framework, with support from Microsoft and Google, I have chosen the latter. From what I’m told by professions, anyone with 2 years professional experience with Angular are high in demand.
I bought two books on Angular, Angular in Action by Jeremy Wilkins and Angular, From Theory to Practice by Asim Hussain. Along with that, I bought four different video tutorials on MEAN stack and Angular. Right now, I think I’m close to being able to write simple applications using Angular and getting to grips with SASS. The next application I write has to written with modern code.
On one interview, a part of the feedback given was to practice algorithms. There is no avoiding it, even though I prefer learning how to make great products. White board interviews also need to be practiced and some friends from the Maynooth HDip course have expressed interest in practicing with me, replicating interview conditions as closely as possible.
There is no shortage of material online to learn from and with the course no including internships, I have the gap between intern level to graduate, or at least what potential employers perceive that to be. The fantastic thing about this industry is the lack of barriers to creating a product and marketing it to the world for anyone with the skills and work ethic.