re: I'm an ex-bartender/waiter who is now a web developer and DevOps engineer, Ask Me Anything! VIEW POST

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How was your transition back to being a developer like? I'm talking about learning paths, commitment, stress and how easy was it for you to land at your first job and what was your role?

 

Good question. It was tricky. Actually I first applied again to the university and after I was re-accepted I applied for internships. There are two reasons for why I went this way:

  1. In Hungary you have a certain amount of free semesters payed by the government. I still had 2 back then.
  2. It's much easier to get a developer intern position, than getting a junior developer job, if you don't have experience. Because every damn job requires experience! I only had some portfolio and a bootcamp qualification. For some reason companies don't want coder wannabe adults, but they want to pick up ambitious students (which is just elitism really. Sometimes a fast learner ex carpenter is much better than a disinterested 19 year old kid who only works for some extra money to spend on weed. I'm exaggerating but you got the idea.) So if you are a student companies are more willing to train you, and you are also cheaper for them as student workers have tax benefits.

I got an intern position at a big telecommunication company, where I started working in a DevOps team. This was really beneficial, as I was quickly exposed to many toolchains and practices. Git, bash, python, groovy, java, perl, C++, Ant, Make, also a lot of development practice stuff like source code management, building applications, CI, build automation, etc. I was learning a lot and working a lot. I was watching tutorial videos even after work. My team really supported me, so the stressful part was only my own fear of failure. I was really afraid that I can't learn fast enough. The first year was hard but I really wanted to make it, and I also enjoyed this new lifestyle. Later I was offered a full time position, so I dropped university and I've never looked back since.

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