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Week 1 post Bootcamp

codetivated profile image Melissa Heying ・2 min read

I kind of have a trend going, so I'll keep at it.

After dedicating my life for 12 weeks to a JavaScript bootcamp, I decided to spend my first free week...CODING!!!

It's weird, I have this nagging feeling that I have to code. But, I kind of like it. Before this career change, I felt like every day was exactly the same and it was really putting me in this downward spiral of sadness. I was sad that my position of an orthodontic assistant had no potential for growth.

After Bootcamp, I feel like there's so much for me to explore. I love this feeling that I want to keep learning!

So this week I found a really amazing tutorial on YouTube of a full-stack MERN application, just like what I did in Bootcamp. If you're interested, here's the link (https://youtu.be/NnT7M8_gsIY) to the first part of the 7 video series and below, a screen shot of the YouTuber's account.

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What I really liked about this series of videos was that I could understand what was going on. There were times where I'd pause the video and go as far as I could until I needed help.

I changed a few things to make it my own. Instead of using his CSS I pulled in Bulma (a CSS framework). He also used some Font-Awesome icons that weren't working with my code, so I figured out a different way to bring in different icons. (Still from Font-Awesome, but these worked for me)

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This series introduced new technology that I wasn't familiar with like express-validator instead of Yup Validation. I had no idea you could do validation on the backend, and I really like that option.

I also learned about JSON Web Token for securely transmitting information.

The series also had a really helpful part about using Postman for testing. I've used Postman before but only once. So it was really nice to go over that again.

I'm currently in the job hunting process. Everyday I apply to junior developer jobs. I finally got a bite on a position and recently took their assessment test. Currently I patiently async/await those results.

For those of you currently holding a development position, what advice do you have for those looking for work? Any input is greatly appreciated! Until next time, 💚.

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Manav Misra

This series introduced (a) new technology that I wasn't familiar with like express-validator instead of Yup Validation. I had no idea you could do validation on the backend, and I really like that option.

Should keep both. 'client-side' allows for things like 'real-time' validation before sending deets off to the server, but the server is another layer to the app security.

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Melissa Heying Author

Very neat! Didn't know that I could use both!

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Juan F Gonzalez

Nice post! short and well written. Loved the "await" pun there 😆

I brought me back for a moment to the time that I was out of a short Bootcamp and had the same feeling like a whole new world opened before my eyes and I just wanted to do nothing more but the explore it and learn as much as I could 😅

I can tell you that the feeling of #NeverStopLearning is one of the greatest assets in this industry.

However, take it one step at a time and don't try to go too fast or else you may face burnout or that other overwhelming feeling that you're not learning "fast enough" and start neglecting other parts of your life (which eventually lead to burnout as well)

For the job hunting part, I'd say don't lose hope even if it looks like "nobody" is interested in your profile. I actually got my dev job by a company that I thought already "rejected" me and the one I thought was going to hire me, told me they didn't have positions available for my skills 🤷‍♂️

So one can never know, keep applying the traditional way and ask people you know or get active on Tech Twitter, I've seen people get job proposals from there lol.

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Melissa Heying Author

Puns are my favorite, lol! Thanks for the advice. I'm glad to hear you went to a bootcamp and were able to land a job!