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Joel N. Walkley

Just here to say hi, and that I'm 36 years old and started my first tech job this year!
I have a 15 year-old CompSci degree I never really used (I followed call toward an earlier career in ministry and social work which is greatly disrupted thanks to Covid - long story).
Because my degree is so dated, it does feel like learning stuff all over again. For example, at the time I graduated sooo much didn't exist: browser devtools, jQuery (and definitely not any of the modern frameworks like React or Angular). Git was released the year I graduated for goodness sakes.
So thanks for sharing, glad to be learning with you!

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holly boyles Author

Hi Joel! How did the job search go for you and what resources did you use to get up to speed and refresh your skills?

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Joel N. Walkley

Thanks for continuing the conversation. I'd have to point back to how I solved a problem at my non-tech prior job by creating an app (short story - I saw our company outsourced data wrangling via excel files, so I learned how to make a demo of doing the same thing using a React App with Firebase backend that had zero ongoing cost). From there I had something to talk about in my screenings and interviews.

I had some luck with an Indeed posting - though it would certainly be better to get a recommendation from someone in the field.

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Shaiju T • Edited on

Nice :), Can you share how you got your first Job, what skills did your learn ?

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holly boyles Author

I am still working on my degree, actually. To date, I have learned HTML, CSS, some Javascript, Python, and C#. I am hoping to pick up an internship in the near future. :)

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Shaiju T • Edited on

Nice :) , C # and Java has lot of Job openings. And C#.NET Full Stack Developer or Java Full Stack Developer are in demand. C# is more neat than Java. You can check below post on my advice to a folk on becoming C#.NET Full Stack Developer :

dev.to/shaijut/comment/18df4

Just a advice. You can choose what you like after doing research. All the best. :)

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holly boyles Author

Thank you! I am taking a .NET course in the Spring as well! I'll check out your post.