re: What's the kindest thing someone's ever done for you during your career? VIEW POST


In 2016 I had the worst interview of my life. I had been judged from the minute I walked in for being a woman wearing a dress. It plunged my self-esteem to the ground and made me never want to code again.

The next day I got an email from a recruiter who had contacted me back in 2015. At that time I didn't want to move cities for a job, but in 2016 I was ready to take the plunge. It was a Javascript job and my background was PHP and WordPress themes.

In the technical interview, I got a super kind person who helped me move along the exercises. He let me solve the questions using PHP instead of JavaScript although the job I was applying to was in JS. We ended up talking about baking during the interview and the recruiter had to step in to keep us on track. He hired me and got me into his team.

I moved to a new city where I didn't know anyone. My new Team Lead took care into spending at least two hours a week going over Javascript concepts with me. He sent me to courses, lent me books, anything so that I could catch up to everything I didn't know. He also put me in a project with a very demanding mentor who taught me Angular 2.

In the end, I got my job in Germany because of everything he pushed me to learn and I got the job with his full blessing. We cried for an hour in our last one-on-one because we really loved working together. He is the reason why I could turn around my life and I will always be thankful to him.

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