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English, Technology, 1 season, 157 episodes, 4 days, 11 minutes
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Learn from inspiring developers about how they found meaningful and fulfilling work that that also pays them well. On The Scrimba Podcast, you'll hear motivational advice and job-hunting strategies from developers who've been exactly where you are now. We talk to developers about their challenges, learnings, and switching industries in the hopes of inspiring YOU. This is the podcast that provides the inspiration, tools, and roadmaps to move from where you are to work that matters to you and uniquely fits your strengths and talents.
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The Safe Exit: How to Quit Your Job the Right Way, with Ian Douglas

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ian Douglas 🇺🇸🇨🇦! Developer, DevRel, Tech Educator, Career Coach, and author of The Tech Interview Guide, Ian Douglas, has been coding professionally since 1996. During that time, he worked at seventeen different companies! So, he probably knows a thing or two about how to transition companies in the most productive and secure way.Whether you're a new or more experienced developer, sooner or later, the time will come to change companies. How can you be sure it's time to quit your job? How do you hand in your notice, and what do you even write in a resignation letter? Why is a manager who gets surprised by your leaving the company probably not a good manager? How do you hand off your projects, and when do you tell your coworkers you're moving on from the company? When should you publicize your new role on LinkedIn, why do some recruiters hit you up 90 days after you've changed jobs, and ultimately, how should you navigate all this in today's job market?If you need help moving on from your role - or at least renegotiating it, listen to this episode!🔗 Connect with Ian👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn🌐 Website🐦 Twitter⏰ TimestampsAlex changed jobs recently! (01:58)"The first thing you really need to understand is why you want to leave the company" (03:16)Have a direction in mind (05:02)It takes six to twelve months to hit your stride at a new job (07:13)With all the info you have currently, could you see yourself being at the new company for at least two years? (09:29)Sometimes the company changes, and that's okay (10:00)Should you feel guilty when quitting your job? (10:49)What you need to know about notice periods (12:46)The risk of resigning (14:42)Get all your paperwork signed first (16:34)What if your current company wants to keep you? (17:31)Even if they manage to keep you, they might not trust in your loyalty (18:59)Always communicate with your manager (21:00)If you leave a job, it shouldn't really surprise your manager (22:29)What if your company can't make the accommodations you need (23:20)You need to be able to trust your manager (25:45)How to communicate your resignation (26:27)How to write your notice letter: it's just a notification email! (28:53)Should you tell the team you're quitting (30:21)Be prepared to lose access to company stuff (31:31)Can you work for a competitor? (32:06)Should you tell your current employer about the new company (33:48)When should you share the news about your new job on LinkedIn? (37:58)🧰 Resources MentionedOur previous shows with Ian: An Expert Guide to Technical Interviews, and This Is How You Onboard: Actionable Tips for Developers On a New Job ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
4/17/202446 minutes, 30 seconds
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Early WhatsApp Engineer Jean Lee: Keep Trying New Things in Tech!

Meet Jean Lee! She was the nineteenth engineer at WhatsApp (that was even before it got acquired by Facebook!) and then worked at Meta as an engineering manager for six years after the acquisition. She helped set up WhatsApp's London office and also worked on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her coding journey didn't start there - she discovered tech almost by chance after her family moved to California. She wanted to study art - but after taking art courses at her university, she realized that coding was her thing. She worked at a tiny startup competing with YouTube and a huge corporation, IBM, before she realized which company size suited her best. She became an engineering manager at Meta without ever planning to become one - but when an opportunity arose, she took it. Because how are you ever going to know what you like doing or not if you don't try things? Today, Jean is a cofounder of Exaltitude, providing resources and coaching to software engineers navigating the ever-changing tech landscape and cultivating a community where everyone can grow together.In this episode, Jean shares her best career advice. You'll also find out what it was like to work at WhatsApp during the expansion, why company culture always changes when a company is scaling up, why inclusive hiring practices are important, and what is one thing that juniors never remember they need to do.🔗 Connect with Jean👩‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website📹 YouTube🧰 Resources MentionedExaltitudeExaltitude YouTube channel⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
4/10/202442 minutes, 38 seconds
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How Not to Be Afraid of Git, with O'Reilly Author Anna Skoulikari

✨Use this link for a free month of O'Reilly Learning and read Anna's book and any other resource on the platform! ✨ Meet Anna Skoulikari! She's a UX designer turned front-end developer, senior technical writer, and the author of "Learning Git" - a book published by O'Reilly Media that teaches Git in a simple, visual, and tangible manner so that you can build a solid mental model of how it all works.Anna started teaching Git because she had to understand it herself. It's powerful but not the most user-friendly of tools. Yet, Git is what we all have in common, whether we're working on back-end or front-end development, on Windows or a Mac. Even GitHub's lawyers use Git!If you're learning to code, you probably have many questions. Should you use GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket? What's the difference between a merge request and a pull request? Does it make sense to use Git from your command line, or is a GUI good enough? Where are all those files? And how, for the last time, does any of that work? This episode will help you understand Git and provide you with plenty of practical insights to navigate its complexities effectively.🔗 Connect with Anna👩‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website🧰 Resources MentionedUse this link for a free month of O'Reilly Learning!Learning Git⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
4/3/202444 minutes, 12 seconds
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The (Not so) Hidden Benefits of Talking about Code, with Scrimba Bootcamp Lead Micha

✨Use this link for a 20% discount on the Scrimba bootcamp! ✨ Meet Michaella Rodriguez! If you're already in the Scrimba Discord community, you probably know her. If not, she's a career changer who discovered Scrimba while learning, like many; she was active in the Scrimba community when Guil recruited the first-ever code reviewers for our bootcamp. Now, she's a bootcamp lead at Scrimba. And no, she never thought she would be a coder - but a friend made her try it.Yes, Micha and Alex do talk about the Scrimba bootcamp in this episode. But even if you're not interested in the bootcamp, this interview brings a wealth of information that can help you if you're learning to code. You have probably already heard that trying and teaching somebody else is the best way to solidify your learning. Well, in this episode, you'll find out how to do that as a junior, why you should be able to talk about and explain code, and whether you can bring anything to the table in a discussion or a code review if you're not an expert. Also in this episode: group projects, GIT, accountability, (not) letting yourself slide, and Alex's unorthodox StackOverflow strategy.🔗 Connect with Micha👩‍💼 Linkedin🐦 Twitter👩‍🚀 GitHub🤖 michaellala on Scrimba Discord🧰 Resources MentionedUse this link for a 20% discount on the Scrimba bootcamp!Scrimba BootcampFrom Lab Coat to Code: Vanessa's Path from Lab Scientist to Developing Lab SoftwareAnna Skoulikari⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
3/28/202436 minutes, 15 seconds
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Neurodiversity in Tech and Why We Should Care About It, with Parul Singh

Meet Parul Singh 🇬🇧! Parul is a Tech Careers & Neurodiversity Consultant, ADHD advocate, board member at Manchester Tech Festival, Public Speaker, and a former recruitment marketing partner and tech recruiter. The last time she was on the show, she gave us advice on how to stand out and land a role in tech.Today, we're talking about neurodiversity! What does it mean, why do we need it, why do tech companies seem to attract neurodivergent talent, and how can we create a more inclusive workplace? In this episode, you'll find out why neurodivergent conditions aren't superpowers (but sometimes feel like they are), why some people get diagnosed late, and whether self-diagnosis is valid. Parul is passionate about these topics because of her own lived experience with ADHD and autism, which intersects with her being a woman of color. But even if you're not neurodivergent yourself, chances are you've worked with or managed somebody who is... so tune in!🔗 Connect with Parul👨‍💼 Linkedin📪 Parul's Dopamine Diaries Newsletter🌐 Linktree🐦 Twitter🧰 Resources MentionedAnnual Report: Diversity in Tech in the UKParul's Dopamine Diaries NewsletterParul's previous interview⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
3/22/202445 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Only Thing Worth Investing in Is Yourself, with Scrimba Student Özge

Meet Özge Ahras 🇹🇷! Özge studied computer enigneering, but felt her coding skills weren't up to par. She yearned to transition into frontend development and explore cutting-edge technologies, but the company she had spent eight years in was relying on vanilla javascript. Eventually, she discovered Scrimba, back in the day before the Frontend Career Path even existed. Can you imagine?Özge fell in love with Scrimba's pedagogy and enrolled in the Path. But the journey wasn't without its challenges. It took her two and a half years to complete the course, balancing her studies with a demanding full-time job. And in February 2023, a devastating earthquake struck her hometown in southern Turkey. Yet Özge persevered, realizing that the true investment lay in nurturing her own growth and peace of mind.Today, Özge is a front-end developer living in sunny Malta! You'll hear how she picked where she wanted to move and how she went about hunting for jobs, as well as learn one trick that boosted her job application success rate. Özge also shares the details of her interview process (spoiler: there was a bit that was slightly unconventional). This is a story about giving yourself grace and time, staying motivated, and remaining curious!🔗 Connect with Özge👩‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Portfolio👩‍🚀 GitHub🧰 Resources MentionedLearn React for free!Scrimba BootcampFrontend Career Path⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
3/13/202430 minutes, 45 seconds
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How to Figure Out What You Want to Do, with Scrimba Student Amy

Meet Amy Posten 🇺🇸! Amy was a veterinary technician for fifteen years before she decided to switch careers. First, she discovered freeCodeCamp while on maternity leave. Later, she joined a premium bootcamp but didn't feel quite ready to apply for coding jobs afterward, so she turned to Scrimba to polish her skills. Nowadays, she's a front-end engineer and instructor.In this episode, you'll learn how to figure out what kind of job you want and what was a small change in her job-hunting approach that brought Amy immediate results. You'll discover what are the gaps in knowledge one might have after a bootcamp, and how you can make learning to code less lonely. Finally, Amy and Alex discuss generative AI tools and how you can use them in your job hunt.🔗 Connect with Amy👩‍💼 Linkedin⏰ TimestampsHow Amy became a Veterinary Technician (01:32)Maternity leave on freeCodeCamp, and a career change brought up by the pandemic (04:38)Why Amy likes JavaScript, HTML, and CSS (06:59)Why Amy decided to join a bootcamp (08:56)The importance of getting to connect with people (11:16)Social media break with Jan the Producer (12:43)How to make learning to code less lonely (14:12)Joining a bootcamp is like drinking from a fire hose (16:27)Amy discovered Scrimba through her bootcamp! (18:31)After the bootcamp, Amy also joined the Scrimba bootcamp (19:37)Why Amy decided to start from scratch on Scrimba (21:35)How Amy found her north star and became a teacher (24:48)Amy changed her approach to job applications and got immediate results! (28:26)Amy's reach-out strategy and how she got a job interview at the company she currently works at (31:52)How to figure out what kind of job you want (35:11)Amy's job interview (36:04)How to use AI tools in your job hunt (40:22)🧰 Resources MentionedScrimba podcast: The State of React (and Should You Still Learn It in 2024), with Dev AgrawalScrimba podcast: An expert guide to technical interviews with Ian DouglasScrimba podcast: This Is How You Onboard: Actionable Tips for Developers On a New Job from Ian DouglasLearn React for free!Scrimba BootcampScrimba's Discord community⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
3/5/202443 minutes, 42 seconds
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Slow Down to Speed Up: Teacher-Turned-Developer Chris on Successful Adult Learning and Landing his Dream Role

Meet Chris Webster 🇬🇧! Chris is a full-stack developer based in Reading. In a past life, he taught Mandarin to both children and adults and obtained a master's degree in education. If you're guessing that this episode is about pedagogy, maintaining your mindset, and learning hacks, you're on the right track.When Chris decided to switch careers, he enrolled in a premium London boot camp. Was it worth the money? Or the time? In this episode, Chris lays out the differences between a boot camp and learning to code by yourself online. He ended up on Scrimba afterward—sometimes even while at work at his first coding job—which helped him land his dream job. But that wasn't the only thing! It's the perseverance, strategies for successful adult learning, and knowing what to look for in the myriad of teaching methods available to us that paved Chris's path to success. In this podcast, you'll learn all about them!🔗 Connect with Chris👨‍💼 Linkedin⏰ TimestampsHow Chris discovered computers (but became a teacher and only later took up coding) (01:09)Was changing careers an easy decision? (03:57)What do bootcamps promise, and do they deliver? (06:32)How did Chris structure his learning? (06:46)Was Chris happy with what he got out of the bootcamp? (08:36)Did the marketing of the bootcamp match the actual offering? (10:41)Midroll with Jan the Producer: Tweet about us! (12:31)The appeal of a bootcamp: the path + the community (13:27)How Chris discovered Scrimba (14:34)The problem with many teachers nowadays (17:40)Chris's Number One Learning Hack (19:20)Don't keep hammering the problem (23:18)The system for problem-solving (25:52)The stigma of (not) working hard enough (27:18)Pomodoro technique vs being in the zone: there's a right time for both (29:30)How Chris found his first job (31:34)What's it like working for a consultancy (32:38)How Chris landed his dream job as his second job (34:33)Chris's LinkedIn strategy (36:37)Just be enthusiastic! (37:49)Chris's message to a recruiter on LinkedIn (38:35)🧰 Resources MentionedLearn React for Free! Book: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanBook: How to Solve It by George Polya⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
2/23/202441 minutes, 31 seconds
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The State of React (and Should You Still Learn It in 2024), with Dev Agrawal

Meet Dev Agrawal 🇮🇳🇺🇸! With a name like that, how could he not become a developer? He's a software developer, developer advocate, and content creator. Moreover, he's a React expert deeply ingrained in the React community. That's why we invited him onto the show to shed light on the current state of affairs!You've probably noticed certain discontent surrounding React recently. A basic React app has become significantly more complex. It has been quite some time since there has been a significant update to React, with the recent ones relying heavily on meta-frameworks. And what about the React core team? What's happening there?All of this might sound disheartening. However, we're delving into whether these concerns hold true in this episode. Let's find out together!🔗 Connect with Dev👨‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website🐦 Twitter🧰 Resources MentionedNiche Down to Blow Up: Scrimba Student Leo Reveals How to Land an Awesome First Dev Job
2/8/202441 minutes, 9 seconds
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Everybody's Doing Their Best... Even Tech Recruiters (and This Is How to Get Their Attention), with Parul Singh

Meet Parul Singh 🇬🇧! Parul is a Tech Careers & Neurodiversity Consultant, ADHD advocate, board member at Manchester Tech Festival, Public Speaker, and a former recruitment marketing partner and tech recruiter. If you're familiar with the topic of neurodiversity in tech, you've probably come across her name. In this episode, we're speaking with Parul because her advice on how to stand out and land a role in tech is anything but ordinary. This episode contains refreshingly unique and honest insights and perspectives on hiring in tech, along with some new job platforms you can use to inspire or recharge your developer job search. Everybody's on LinkedIn, and that can be a blessing and a curse! In this episode, you'll learn about the best alternatives. Standing out as a junior developer can be challenging, but we'll discuss some ideas on how you can do it. What should your CV look like? Do you need a cover letter? To wrap things up, we'll learn from Parul why some recruiters don't advertise the salary range and what you can do when you see a job ad like that!Plus: Why should tech recruiters know how to code, and is JavaScript more similar to a ham or a hamster?🔗 Connect with Parul👨‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Linktree🐦 Twitter🧰 Resources Mentionedhttps://hackajob.com/https://cord.co/https://www.haystackapp.io/https://otta.com/https://wellfound.com/https://hired.com/⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
1/31/202439 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Making of an Industry: The Rise of AI Engineering, with Swyx

Meet Shawn Wang (Swyx) 🇺🇸! Swyx is a developer, writer, and startup advisor. If you listen to our show regularly, you know him as the biggest advocate for learning in public! Today, he's the founder of smol.ai and a podcast host and teacher at Latent Space. Last summer, Swyx wrote a blog post titled The Rise of the AI Engineer, which quickly went viral.In this episode, Swyx will revisit that blog post to see if anything changed. You will learn why AI engineers are a thing, the differences between AI and ML engineers, and why the demand for this specialization is larger than the supply. Swyx also reveals what defines an industry (and why it's not only about tools) and gives many good examples of successful products made using existing foundation models. Swyx and Alex also talk about the inner workings of AI and whether it's a good idea to run AI models on your own hardware.🔗 Connect with Swyx👨‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website🌐 smol.ai🏫Latent Space🧰 Resources MentionedThe Coding Career Handbook by Swyx (30% discount applied when you use this link)
1/24/202437 minutes, 18 seconds
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Passions, Skills, Environment, and Compensation: Career Coach Adam Broda's Framework for Navigating Today's Job Market

🎙 About the episodeMeet Adam Broda 🇺🇸! Adam is a tech lead and career coach who helps career changers break into tech. He did the same - after a decade of working in aerospace engineering at Boeing, Adam now works at Amazon! Through his coaching business, Broda Coaching, Adam aids career transitioners in constructing personalized job search strategies.In this episode, Adam unveils the four pillars of his framework: identifying your passions, skills, desired environment, and needed compensation. Alex and Adam also delve into the current state of the job market: have we moved beyond significant tech layoffs, are return-to-office policies contributing to attrition, and what implications do these factors have for software development jobs? Adam will also tech you about different phases of networking—short-term networking, advocacy networking, and engagement networking—detailing how to navigate each of them and which one is most effective.🔗 Connect with Adam👨‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website🧰 Resources MentionedBroda Coaching⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
1/17/202443 minutes, 6 seconds
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Effective Living for Better Coding: From Retail to Software Engineering with Scrimba Student Cassie

🎙 About the episodeMeet Cassie Lewis 🇺🇸! Cassie has a fine arts degree, which turned out to be too fancy for the real world. After working in different fields, from photography to retail, she got interested in coding - and it turned out to be just the right fit with how her mind works! Cassie is fueled by curiosity, creativity, and challenges. And learning to code alongside a day job was certainly a challenge.Two years into her learning path, Cassie realized she had hit a wall. In an attempt to get unstuck, she joined the Scrimba bootcamp. She also challenged herself to read more non-fiction and embarked on a path toward effective living. In this episode, Cassie explains effective living and how it can make you a more effective coder, too! You'll hear how Cassie defeated burnout, how she approached learning, and how she - only nine months after joining the bootcamp - landed her first dev job. This is a story about setting goals, establishing systems, frictionless networking (even if you don't live in a tech hub), and keeping your plans realistic. But also: this is also a story of creativity and exploration!🔗 Connect with Cassie🧑‍💼 Linkedin🌐 Website🧰 Resources MentionedScrimba BootcampHow Johnny Learned Angular and Typescript in Three DaysCooking Up a Career Change: Overcoming Burnout and Finding Your Why, with Scrimba Student JimmyEssentialismAtomic Habits⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
1/10/202438 minutes, 26 seconds
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Who's Afraid of AI Agents? The Future of Automation, with Bob Ziroll

🎙 About the episodeMeet Bob Ziroll 🇺🇸! Bob is Scrimba's Head of Education and one of the Internet's favorite React teachers. His latest course is on AI, but don't worry, there's React... I mean, ReAct in AI as well!In the previous three episodes, we defined an AI engineer and demystified their tools. We explored foundation models and discussed how to personalize them through retrieval augmented generation and fine-tuning. We also delved into various use cases for incorporating AI models into your projects and explored why ChatGPT has brought a fundamental shift in how we perceive AI.Today, Bob will guide us through the realm of AI agents, representing the future of automation. An AI agent is capable of perceiving its environment. What does that mean, and how can one create an AI agent? Also, will they eventually take over the world?Bob will also give us actionable advice on how to stay ahead of the curve in the fast-changing world of AI models, and discuss his vision for the future of AI.Bob's AI agents and automation course is part of Scrimba's brand-new AI path. Let's dive in!This is the final episode of our series on AI engineering, introducing Scrimba's AI Engineer Path. This path is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of AI for your projects. 🔗 Connect with Bob 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources Mentioned The AI Engineer Path AgentGPT ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
1/3/202437 minutes, 56 seconds
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What Is Retrieval-Augmented Generation and How to Make AI Work for You, with Guil Hernandez

🎙 About the episodeMeet Guil Hernandez 🇺🇸! He is a developer and educator with over 15 years of experience in tech. He's also a Scrimba teacher who is a part of the team bringing you the AI Engineer Path, and in this episode, he's helping us understand retrieval-augmented generation. In the previous episode, Tom Chant helped us understand the world of AI models. Today, Guil will further teach us how these models work under the hood. AI models don't understand the world like we do. When we interact with them, they turn our inputs into mathematical representations known as embeddings. By creating our own embeddings, we can teach AI to do what we want it to. Today, we're getting an introduction about making a model aware of your own data source so that that data can be considered for the AI output. For example, using the techniques you'll learn from Gil in this episode, you could connect a model to your customer support conversations so that the model knows what is necessary to answer unique questions about your (or your client's) business. This is the third episode of our series on AI engineering, introducing Scrimba's AI Engineer Path. This path is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of AI for your projects. 🔗 Connect with Guil 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 👩‍🚀 Github 🧰 Resources Mentioned The AI Engineer Path Learn Embeddings and Vector Databases Scrimba Podcast with Saron Yitbarek ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
12/20/202326 minutes, 25 seconds
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Demystifying AI: What Are Foundation Models (and How to Use Them), with Tom Chant

🎙 About the episodeMeet Tom Chant 🇬🇧! Tom is a Scrimba instructor who is a part of our in-house team that brought you a brand new career path available on Scrimba.com - the AI engineer Path.In this episode, we're diving into the world of AI foundation models: what are they, how do they work, and how can you use them to build front-end applications that you, until recently, couldn't even think of unless you were a big company with loads of resources.AI is fundamentally changing the features and user experience of front-end applications. In this episode, you'll learn how to use different foundation models out there (so, not just OpenAI) for your own projects.This is the second episode of our series on AI engineering, introducing Scrimba's AI Engineer Path. This path is your gateway to unlocking the full potential of AI for your projects. 🔗 Connect with Tom 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources MentionedThe AI Engineer Path⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
12/13/202348 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Rise of the AI Engineer (and How to Become One), with Scrimba CEO Per Borgen

🎙 About the episodeMeet Per Borgen 🇳🇴! Scrimba's co-founder and CEO returns to the show after more than two years. In this episode, Per and Alex delve into the emergence of a new breed of developer—the AI engineer.What defines an AI engineer? What key skills set them apart? Is machine learning knowledge a prerequisite? Why did ChatGPT bring a paradigm shift in our interaction with AI? Dive into these topics, discover how to utilize and personalize existing AI models, and explore alternative options beyond OpenAI.Since the Scrimba podcast always brings you practical advice, this episode is a guide to the AI engineer stack. Prepare to take notes as Per unravels the terminology and technology crucial for navigating the AI landscape as a developer.This episode begins a five-part series on AI engineering, introducing Scrimba's AI Engineer Path.🔗 Connect with Per 👨‍💼LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources MentionedThe AI Engineer Path⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
11/22/202348 minutes, 27 seconds
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What Is Productivity Anxiety and How to Beat It, with Matt and Eric from Self-Taught Devs Podcast

🎙 About the episodeMeet Matt Ehrlich and Eric Winkelspecht 🇬🇧! They are the hosts of the Self-Taught Devs podcast. And, you guessed it, they are self-taught devs and career changers to boot. Matt was a park ranger, and Eric worked at an IT solutions company but didn't code. Today, they are a front-end developer and a full-stack developer, respectively, who met through LinkedIn and then decided to host a podcast!In this episode, you will learn about their coding journeys, the resources they used, and why they decided to be self-taught. They talk about motivation and keeping yourself going, how to create structure, and what to do if you feel guilty when you take a break. If you're curious about what makes a successful self-taught dev, this episode is for you!🔗 Connect with Matt and Eric 👨‍💼 Matt's LinkedIn, Eric's LinkedIn 📻 Podcast ✏️ Matt's blog 📹 Matt's YouTube, Eric's YouTube 👨‍🚀 Matt's GitHub, Eric's GitHub ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
11/14/202339 minutes, 6 seconds
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How to Find Your People and the Work You Find Exciting, with Scrimba Student Anna

🎙 About the episodeMeet Anna Ha 🇵🇱 🇰🇷! Anna was born in Poland, where she majored in English and minored in Chinese. She then moved to South Korea and set off to learn Korean and coding at the same time! Today, she works at a startup that creates tools for learning Korean. Perfect match!In this episode, you'll discover if coding is a language. Anna also shares her learning strategy, how she discovered Scrimba, what amazing projects she worked on via Chingu, how she kept herself motivated, and how finding a community helped her stay on track. You'll also discover what's the key to both landing a job and looking forward to going to work every day!🔗 Connect with Anna 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 X 🤖 annannanna on the Scrimba Discord ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
10/24/202337 minutes, 28 seconds
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Mastering Corporate Culture for New Developers

🎙 About the episodeReady for your first dev job? Today on the podcast, you'll learn how companies work and how teams stay efficient. How does a typical team operate? Who do you report to? How do you know if you're the right culture fit? Why should you know what you need from your team? And why do job postings sometimes... not make sense?We have compiled the best, most actionable advice to help you understand a corporate environment. You'll hear from engineering manager and career coach Tiffany Jachhja, founder of Technical Integrity Dave Mayer, opera singer turned developer and developer coach Ana McDougal, and engineering manager Jason C McDonald. 📻 Listen to the full interviews Understanding Corporate Hierarchy (and Perfecting Your Resume), With Tiffany Jachja Advice from a Junior Developer Career Coach, with Anna McDougal What Are Company Values… and Why You Should Know Your Own, with Dave Mayer Lessons Learned Recruiting and Managing Junior Developers for 10 Years, with Jason C. McDonald 🔗 Connect with everybody Tiffany: 👩🏻‍💼 Linkedin, 📹 Twitch, 🐦 Twitter, 🌐  Website Anna: 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn, 🌐 Website, 👩‍🚀 GitHub, 🐦 Twitter, 📹 YouTube Dave: 🐦 Twitter, 🌐  Website, 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn Jason: 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn, 🌐 Website, 👩‍🚀 GitHub, 🐦 Twitter, 📖 Dead Simple Python - Idiomatic Python for the Impatient Programmer 🧰 Resources Mentioned Learning in public! How to Avoid Burnout, Improve Your Confidence and Keep Coding Fun, with Scrimba Student Sylvia ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
10/17/202336 minutes, 1 second
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Nadia Zhuk: Anybody Can Code, and Your Background Doesn't Define You

🎙 About the episodeThis is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular interviews. Meet Nadia Zhuk 🇧🇾! Nadia made a switch to coding from journalism at the age of 25. That decision has got her moving countries not once but twice! Nowadays, she lives in London, works at Intercom, and helps aspiring developers. She's also written a book, Crossing the Rubycon, filled with practical advice and insider tips on learning to code and building a programming career.In this episode, Nadia shares her story and many things she's learned along the way! You'll get to know what's it like to learn to code without a technical background, how to manage your mindset and mental health during the process, and what's Nadia's take on choosing your first programming language. Nadia and Alex also discuss common stereotypes about programming,  gatekeeping within the industry, and what are the critical but often overlooked factors in choosing what to learn. 🔗 Connect with Nadia 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Dev.to 🐦 Twitter 📹 YouTube ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
10/10/202335 minutes, 18 seconds
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How Johnny Learned Angular and Typescript in Three Days

🎙 About the episodeMeet Johnny Proano 🇺🇸! Johnny had a long and happy career in sales, spanning almost two decades. But, something was missing, so he decided to explore coding. He thought he had to have a degree, but when it turned out he couldn't afford it, he enrolled into a bootcamp and signed up for Scrimba.This is a fun and exciting story about career change and looking for your purpose. It is also a story of networking at your daughter's school events, as well as learning Angular and TypeScript (and creating a project using them) in only three days! You'll hear how Johnny approached learning and what kept him going, how to introduce software engineering to toddlers, and how can you turn your failed job interviews in learning experiences once and for all.🔗 Connect with Johnny 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
10/3/202342 minutes, 46 seconds
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Changing Careers? This Is How to Defeat the Sunk Cost Fallacy, with Doctor-turned-developer Shona

🎙 About the episodeMeet Shona Chan 🇸🇬🇬🇧! Shona was an anesthesiologist. Now she's a developer. It all started when she wanted to write an app to solve a problem she had at work as a doctor. One thing led to another, and eventually, she took the plunge into coding, realizing that a career switch might not be such a bad idea.This is a story of intrinsic motivation, amazing portfolio projects, and landing a job without even having to go through a tech interview. You'll discover how to identify your purpose, find out how to muster harnes enough motivation to tackle difficult decisions, and learn why Shona saw her career change as a lateral move instead of a fresh start. Shona reveals what ten years in medicine taught her and how that relates to her new career If you listen to the end, you will get some some fantastic ideas to integrate into your study plan or job-hunting strategy. Plus, you'll find out the ideal music for a cesarean section.🔗 Connect with Shona 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 Github 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources Mentioned Kevin Powell Kevin Powell on the Scrimba podcast Stephanie Chiu on the Scrimba podcast SoundState ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
9/26/202340 minutes, 22 seconds
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Learning to Code with ADHD: How Zuza Landed Her First Tech Job after Only Four Months

🎙 About the episodeMeet Zuza Grońska 🇵🇱🇳🇱! Zuza is a recently hired new developer with a previous career in social media marketing in the music industry. She's also a Polish transplant who moved to the Netherlands during the pandemic. She craved a career change, and when it turned out that all of her work friends were from the software development team, she put two and two together and decided to learn to code. She landed her first dev job after only four months of intense studying! Zuza has ADHD, which can be a hindrance and a superpower. In this episode, she talks about the importance of spreading awareness of ADHD and neurodiversity in general. You'll also learn how she approached her portfolio projects, why you should think like a marketer, and how you can stand out in a world where every new developer has a unit converter in their portfolio. Zuza shares how she approached learning to code, what kept her going when she felt unmotivated, why she wanted to leave Poland, and why a career in social media marketing can be draining even though it sounds glamorous. 🔗 Connect with Zuza 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 Github 🧰 Resources Mentioned Frontend Developer Career Path Scrimba Bootcamp Kevin Powell MDN Web Docs Sass Kink.nl radio ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
9/19/202346 minutes, 59 seconds
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It's All about Your Additude: Building a Software Apprenticeship Program with Luke Hovee

🎙 About the episodeMeet Luke Hovee 🇺🇸! After a career in the US Army, Luke didn't know what to do next. He was considering a career in construction, until he stumbled upon a bootcamp teaching army veterans how to code. Today, he's a full-time web developer with a passion for helping other aspiring web developers getting into tech. Currently, he's creating a software apprenticeship program so that he can help people at scale.In this episode, you'll find out whether army is a good training for having to deal with product managers, why grit and determination are important, and what's the most important thing you should have to break into tech in today's job market. Luke and Alex also talk about LinkedIn, why getting your second job in tech is way easier than landing the first one, and the current state of the market for junior developers.🔗 Connect with Luke👨‍💼 LinkedIn🧰 Resources mentioned Danny Thompson on YouTube Scrimba Podcast: How to become a successful Junior Developer, with Danny Thompson Scrimba Podcast: Freecodecamp Founder Quincy Larson: Why Learning To Code as an Adult Might Be Easier Than You Think David Roberts on YouTube ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
9/12/202339 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ultimate LinkedIn Guide: Listen to This If You’re Working on Your LinkedIn Profile

🎙 About the episodeNo matter where you are in your career journey - whether you're a new developer just looking to break into the industry or an industry veteran - having a strategic and up-to-date LinkedIn profile is a must. LinkedIn is something we often talk about on this podcast - many people, from experts to recently hired Scrimba students, have shared their tips and tricks for this social network over the course of 130 episodes. In this episode, we have compiled their best, most actionable advice. If you're looking to refresh your LinkedIn profile this fall, or you're just about to create one for the first time, this is the episode for you!Tune in for LinkedIn tips from the LinkedIn profile review guy Austin Henline, pastor-turned-developer Chris Mccoy, GitHub program manager Laura Thorson (who has only ever gotten jobs through LinkedIn), and iOS engineer at paypal and career mentor Stephanie chiu.📻 Listen to the full interviews How to make your LinkedIn profile stand out according to a LinkedIn expert, with Austin Henline How Pastor-Turned-Developer Chris Crushed It on LinkedIn and Landed an Internship... and a Job It's about Who You Know: An Introvert's Guide to Networking (and Becoming Amazing at LinkedIn), with Stephanie Chiu from PayPal Laura Thorson From GitHub: This Is How You Master the Mindset of a Programmer 🔗 Connect with everybody Austin: 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn, 🐦 Twitter Laura:👩‍💼 Linkedin, 🌐  Website, 🐦 Twitter, 👨‍🚀 GitHub Stephanie: 📸 Instagram, 👩‍💼 Linkedin, 🌐 Website, 🐦 Twitter, 👩‍🚀 Github Chris: 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
9/5/202339 minutes, 16 seconds
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Treat Learning to Code Like an RPG (and You Might Get a Job in Three Business Days), with Scrimba student Tomáš

🎙 About the episodeMeet Tomáš Lukeš 🇨🇿! Tomáš is an audio engineer turned primary school teacher turned developer! In only nine months, he learned to code alongside a full-time job, created an awesome portfolio, and then landed a job in three business days. What?!In this episode, you'll discover exactly how he did it! Tomáš will reveal why he approached learning to code as if it were an RPG, how he selected his projects, why going the extra mile while crafting your portfolio is a must, and how you can transform code-alongs into something of your own. You'll also learn the definitive answer to the question of how many hours it truly takes to reach a hireable level of coding proficiency. Tomáš and Alex also discuss job hunting strategies,  the power of persistence, self-discovery,and the importance of knowing the exact industries you want to work in.🔗 Connect with Tomáš 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website ⏰  Timestamps How Tomáš went from audio engineering to learning development (01:25) Why sound technicians make good develoeprs (02:10) Tomáš had always been interested in coding (03:15) How Tomáš learned to code alongside a full-time job, and how long did it take? (04:39) What courses did Tomáš use? (06:35) Learning coding during the AI boom (07:06) Community break with Jan the Producer (08:19) How Tomáš approached projects - by taking course projects and making them his own (10:53) Why you need good projects to impress HR people (13:59) Tomáš learned to code at a hireable level in this many hours! (15:12) How Tomáš approached job hunting, and landed a job in three business days (15:30) Why Tomáš only applied for local jobs (17:53) Startups hire quicker than bigger and older companies (19:26) Why you should say "I don't know" during an interview (21:17) Quick-fire questions: Tailwind, Josh Tried Coding, and Steve Lacy (23:47) How to learn to code: persistence and self-discovery (25:54) Advice for building portfolios (28:44) Localized job search (33:18) Trust the process! (34:53) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Colt Steele on Udemy Scrimba's Frontend Developer Career Path Josh Tried Coding on YouTube ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
8/29/202336 minutes, 28 seconds
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Empowering Junior React Developers: Inside a React Job Simulator with Johannes Kettmann

🎙 About the episodeMeet Johannes Kettmann 🇩🇪! Johannes is a Fullstack JavaScript Developer from Germany who's also the mastermind behind profy.dev - it’s a React Job Simulator program for aspiring Junior React developers. Originally, Johannes studied physics before transitioning into coding, and he's been working as a freelancer or contractor ever since!In this episode, dive into Johannes's coding journey and discover why he's all about React. Get ready for tales of his first freelancing gig - it wasn't a walk in the park, but it taught him loads and gave him a taste of freedom. That's why Johannes never considered a 9-to-5 job and embraced contracting. Tune in for the lowdown on why React rocks and the rookie mistakes even experienced developers stumble upon. Curious about a React Job Simulator? You'll learn what it is and why we needed one. Plus, hear what are the skills that aspiring junior developers usually don't have, that can really make you stand out.   ✅ 👨‍💻Sign up for profy.dev with 10% discount using coupon code SCRIMBA at checkout!🔗 Connect with Johannes 🎓 Profy.dev 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 🐦 X 🧰 Resources MentionedPodcast: Intentional career building with Kent C. Dodds ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
8/22/202346 minutes, 41 seconds
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How Mohamed Landed a Dev Job Through Instagram

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mohamed Amine Hachemi! Mohamed is a full-stack developer who recently landed his first dev job! But that's not the most amazing part of his story. He actually found that job through Instagram! In a world where everyone is applying through LinkedIn, Mohamed decided to take a different approach and utilize social media. In this episode, you'll discover exactly how he did it. And no, it doesn't involve cold DMing.After completing his law studies, Mohamed realized that a career in law wasn't what he truly desired for the next few decades. He reflected on his childhood interests and rediscovered his passion for coding. With some prior experience in HTML and CSS from editing Blogger templates as a teenager, he immersed himself in front-end development. Eventually, he expanded his skills to backend development when he joined his current company. Tune in to hear more about his coding journey.🔗 Connect with Mohamed👨‍💼 LinkedIn🧰 Resources Mentioned Scrimba's Frontend Developer Career Path Marian Rydzanych on Instagram ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
8/15/202335 minutes, 8 seconds
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Are You a New Developer? Follow This One Tip! (With Scrimba Student Danny)

🎙 About the episodeMeet Danny Vogel 🇩🇪🇪🇸! Danny is a lawyer-turned-developer who decided to switch careers after ten years in law! In high school, he thought he could never do maths and picked a different path. It was meeting his wife, who is a software developer, that made him stop seeing coding as something unachievable, and the search for a better work-life balance that made him start learning. When he quit his job, he focused on coding. But nobody was responding to his job applications. Danny then went to a developer meetup in Barcelona, where somebody gave him wise advice...In this episode, Danny shares about his coding journey and the struggles along the way. You'll learn how to approach projects, why a "shotgun" approach might work for you, and why it's better not to work remotely if you're just starting out. Danny also talks about his experience with Chingu.io, a platform that pairs you with other developers to create group coding projects, and how he's benefited from joining it. Ultimately, you'll find out how Danny landed his first dev job, even though the company didn't advertise the job he's doing now as a junior position!🔗 Connect with Danny👨‍💼 LinkedIn🧰 Resources Mentioned Danny's gameState app Scrimba Bootcamp Chingu.io ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here. 
8/8/202343 minutes, 45 seconds
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From Lab Coat to Code: Vanessa's Path from Lab Scientist to Developing Lab Software

🎙 About the episodeMeet Vanessa Vun 🇺🇸! Vanessa is a long-time listener of the Scrimba podcast. She's also a career changer who has spent a decade working as a lab scientist before realizing she would be happier coding. She started learning front-end in April 2022. By September, she started applying for jobs. In June this year, she landed a job at a startup making lab software!However, Vanessa's path to success was not without challenges. She started applying for tech jobs during layoffs, facing rejections due to a lack of relevant experience. In this episode, she shares how she tackled that and whether or not unpaid internships and volunteering are a good idea. You'll also learn how Vanessa created her own curriculum by analyzing what people learn at bootcamps, why it's essential to get outside feedback on your coding projects, and how to make the most out of your LinkedIn, mentorships, and the podcasts you listen to. 🔗 Connect with Vanessa 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website  𝕏  Twitter, I guess ⏰ Timestamps How Vanessa gave up on coding and became a lab scientist (01:25) Vanessa was surprised at how analog lab management tends to be (02:55) Why Vanessa decided to leave her lab career behind (04:17) How Vanessa learned to code - but this time, for real (05:36) Vanessa has been a webmaster of Lady Crvsh Crew since 2019. What did she learn making a website with Squarespace? (08:58) Vanessa started applying for jobs during layoffs! (09:45) Community break with Jan The Producer (10:22) How Vanessa stayed motivated during tech layoffs, and tackled her lack of tech experience  (12:36) Why volunteer experience is different to just working by yourself (15:07) What is SciShield? (17:01) Vanessa's LinkedIn strategy (18:16) How Vanessa discovered a position at SciShield (19:18) The power of domain knowledge: SciShield liked Vanessa being a former scientist! (20:10) How Vanessa went through six rounds of interviews (21:08) Quick-fire questions: Learning resources, Javascript superpowers, and people to follow (22:27) What Vanessa gained from consultations with a mentor (23:56) Should you go for unpaid internships, or should you always insist on being paid for your time? (25:16) Careful where you volunteer at! (26:53) What is Hack for LA? (27:47) How does domain knowledge help Vanessa at her new job? (29:16) Should a front-end engineer know databases? (32:24) The importance of having a good manager (33:37) Was learning to code worth it? (34:39) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Learn React for free!  Podcast: Homeschooler, College Dropout, Developer and Master Networker: Crush Your Career with Madison Kanna Podcast: Listen to This If You're Working on Your Developer Portfolio, with Alex from TechRally Brian Jenney Vanessa's Lab Kanban ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
8/1/202336 minutes, 47 seconds
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How to Create a Personal Brand (and Why You Need One)

🎙 About the episodePersonal branding is something we often mention on this podcast. However, it is also something many developers don’t prioritize. In today's job market, having a strong personal brand is vital for success in the tech industry. Personal branding involves crafting a distinctive image and reputation for yourself, setting you apart, and ensuring you get noticed rather than ignored. When others appreciate your work and projects and understand your capabilities, they may approach you with enticing job opportunities or freelance projects. A hiring manager at a company you applied for will, for sure, google you. Wouldn't it be great if you could control what they see?Also, by maintaining a personal brand, you’ll be more visible to your peers - which will help you create or find community. In this episode, we’ve compiled advice from multiple experts to help you get started with or further develop your brand as a developer. Get ready for actionable advice from Gary Simon, Cassidy Williams, Josh Comeau, Shawn Wang (Swyx), and Madison Kanna!🧰 Resources Mentioned The Coding Career Handbook by Swyx (30% discount applied when you use this link) Learn in Public by Swyx Josh's book, Building an Effective Dev Portfolio (it's FREE!) xScope PixelSnap Fontpair Podcast: Becoming a six-figure freelancer, with Gary Simon Podcast: Homeschooler, College Dropout, Developer and Master Networker: Crush Your Career with Madison Kanna Podcast: How to Create a Web Dev Portfolio That Both HR and Other Developers Will Love, with Josh Comeau Podcast: Ace the job interview with Cassidy Williams  Podcast: How to make your own luck with Shawn Wang (Swyx) 🔗 Connect with Gary Simon 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🎥 YouTube 🔗 Connect with Cassidy Williams 👨‍💼 LinkedIn ❎ Twitter 🔗 Connect with Josh Comeau 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Blog + Website 🔗 Connect with Shawn Wang 🌐 Website ❎ Twitter 🔗 Connect with Madison Kanna 👩🏼‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐  Website ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
7/25/202337 minutes, 22 seconds
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Is This Easy Mode? Breaking into Tech in 400 Hours, with Writer-Turned-Developer Jen-Li Lim

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jen-Li Lim 🇲🇾! Jen is a writer-turned-developer who has recently landed her first developer job! Although she had been tech-adjacent in the past (before becoming a full-stack developer, she worked in content marketing) and had always been interested in coding, it wasn't until the lockdowns that Jen started learning to code. She was doing it alongside a full-time job and quickly realized that she shouldn't compare herself to other learners since everybody has different circumstances. Jen started learning to code as a hobby. But after a couple of years and only about 400 hours of studying later, Jen realized - hey, this could also be an exciting career! She now works at a company offering free, lightweight vector animations for your website and tools to create, edit, and embed them. In this episode, you'll learn about Jen's struggles with coding and how she overcame them. She'll share invaluable insights on selecting portfolio projects, navigating roadmaps, and why learning to code is akin to learning to swim. Get ready to be inspired!🔗 Connect with Jen-Li 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website ⏰ Timestamps How Jen got interested in tech back in the days of Neopets but never pursued it (01:40) Do you need to be good at math to become a developer (02:29) How Jen became a writer and worked in content marketing (03:32) Are there any similarities between content marketing and code? (04:21) What was it about coding that drew Jen in? (05:57) The hard part of learning web development is that there's no single path, and that's why Jen ultimately learned on Scrimba (07:55) How Jen structured her studying (08:50) Community break with Jan The Producer (10:42) How Jen logged her studying time and learned to code in only 400 hours! (12:48) Why you should learn to code at your own pace (13:39) How to get project ideas (15:32) Did Jen plan to switch careers? (18:18) Changing careers challenges your identity (19:38) Jen changed careers by means of an internal transfer. How's that different from applying for a job from the outside? (21:01) How Jen felt about the competition, and what was her advantage (22:23) Shortcuts vs. strategies (23:09) What is LottieFiles? (24:15) How Jen found out she was getting her first dev job (25:52) What Jen wishes she knew when she was starting to learn to code (26:51)   🧰 Resources Mentioned Frontend Developer Career Path Podcast: From Classroom to Code: How Teacher-Turned-Developer Jess Secured a Tech Job Prior to Diving into Software Development LottieFiles One More Page Steph Smith Roadmap.sh ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
7/18/202329 minutes, 24 seconds
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This Is How You Onboard: Actionable Tips for Developers On a New Job from Ian Douglas

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ian Douglas 🇺🇸🇨🇦! The first repeat guest on the Scrimba Podcast and author of The Tech Interview Guide, Ian Douglas, has been coding professionally since 1996. With experience at several notable companies and currently working at Postman, Ian is not only a software engineer but also a mentor, streamer, and career coach.Whether you're a new developer or aiming for a mid-level or senior position, the onboarding process can feel overwhelming. In this episode, Ian shares his invaluable insights on how to make your onboarding experience truly worthwhile. From essential do's and don'ts to areas where proactive engagement is crucial, Ian covers it all. Discover the importance of taking notes, effectively handling negative feedback, and the significance of asking questions. Worried about asking too many questions? Ian addresses that too. With these insights and more, you'll be equipped to have an amazing first few weeks at your new job.🔗 Connect with Ian 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources MentionedOur previous show with Ian: An expert guide to technical interviews  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
7/11/202357 minutes, 13 seconds
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How Kyle Became a Developer and Found His First Dev Job in Just Four Months

🎙 About the episodeMeet Kyle Tan 🇵🇭! A business major with an unrelenting passion for coding, Kyle decided he couldn't wait any longer to pursue his dream. Taking a leap of faith, he left his job, discovered Scrimba's Frontend Career Path, and within only four months, he found his first developer job. Talk about lightning speed!In this episode, Kyle shares his approach to learning, unveiling the secrets behind his rapid progress. Discover the invaluable role of downtime and gain insights into the way Kyle chose his portfolio projects: what are the right ones, and why embracing open-source resources is a game-changer. Kyle also takes you through his interview process, when he had to dive into backend technologies for a week so that he could build his take-home project in less than 72 hours. Kyle also reveals how his business background played a role in landing his dream job, what's the power in having a community, and what's his advice for everybody currently learning to code. Tune in and unlock the secrets to accelerated coding mastery!🔗 Connect with Kyle 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Portfolio 📺 TikTok 🧰 Resources Mentioned The Coding Career Handbook Scrimba's Discord Community Frontend Developer Career Path Podcast: How to make your own luck with Shawn Wang (Swyx)  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
7/4/202335 minutes
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From Classroom to Code: How Teacher-Turned-Developer Jess Secured a Tech Job Prior to Diving into Software Development

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jess Gilbert 🇬🇧! Jess recently made a career change from being a primary school teacher to becoming a developer. In this episode, we delve into her journey and explore how she successfully transitioned in less than a year!What was it like being a teacher? Are there any similarities between teaching and coding? How did Jess manage to secure a job offer before diving into her coding education? Jess and Alex also discuss Code First: Girls and why it's worth exploring if you belong to an underrepresented group in the tech industry.Jess shares why Instagram is her social network of choice, which may surprise you since it's not commonly associated with developers. Plus, find out how she learned to code while working as a full-time school teacher and whether the tech industry lived up to her expectations.🔗 Connect with Jess 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 📸 Instagram 🧰 Resources Mentioned Programming with Mosh on YouTube Web Dev Simplified on YouTube Katherine Gilligan on Instagram Learn React for free! Podcast: What a good developer resume looks like and how to write one, with Gergely Orosz Podcast: The Power of Domain Knowledge: How Katrina Skipped Junior Roles and Immediately Landed a Senior Developer Job ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/27/202345 minutes, 28 seconds
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How not to struggle with CSS, with Kevin Powell

🎙 About the episodeThis is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular interviews. Meet Kevin Powell 🇨🇦! Kevin is a CSS Evangelist and educator. He makes weekly YouTube videos, streams on Twitch, writes articles, and teaches courses. His mission is to show new developers that CSS is fun and teach them how it works... and why it works the way it does.In this episode, you'll learn how not to get frustrated with CSS, how to debug it, why people struggle with it, and how come we might never see a launch of CSS 4. Kevin also explains why different browsers render CSS differently and how much you should actually care about that. Alex and Kevin also discuss how the web gets made behind the scenes and how you can join the conversation and suggest the features you'd like to see in certain technologies. Plus: Bad design trends, tools and plugins, CSS memes, and tabs vs. spaces.🔗 Connect with Kevin 📹 YouTube 🐦 Twitter 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps How Kevin found himself in the world of web design (01:40) Can a new developer focus solely on CSS? (04:38) What is a CSS Evangelist? (07:24) Why do people struggle with CSS? (09:26) Community break! (11:00) Why CSS works the way it does (13:25) CSS tools you should use (15:25) CSS extensions for your editor (17:26) The learning curve of CSS and the Importance of Experience (17:17) Why different browsers render CSS differently (and why it sometimes doesn't work) (22:31) Progressive enhancement and accessibility (27:05) The History of CSS (30:34) Will there ever be a CSS4? (34:24) How to stay in the loop and join the conversation around features (36:30) Quick-fire questions (38:43) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Kevin's courses on Scrimba Miriam Suzanne Adam Argyle Modern CSS Podcast: Ace the job interview with Cassidy Williams  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here. 
6/20/202343 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Power of Domain Knowledge: How Katrina Skipped Junior Roles and Immediately Landed a Senior Developer Job

🎙 About the episodeMeet Katrina Tucker 🇺🇸! Katrina recently changed careers and got her first software engineering job. But here's the interesting part – she didn't start as a junior! No, Katrina was immediately offered a senior title.In this episode, you'll discover the importance of never labeling yourself as a junior, especially when transitioning careers. Katrina dives into the significance of language and emphasizes how your domain knowledge can make a significant impact. Get ready to uncover Katrina's networking strategies (spoiler alert: you're probably overthinking yours) and gain insights into how she learned to code while juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities. Plus, find out the number one thing you should know about technical interviews and what you can do to work on your interviewing skills.Join us as Katrina shares her inspiring journey, challenges conventional notions, and reveals valuable tips and tricks for career success. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by Katrina in this podcast are solely her own and do not represent the views or opinions of her employer.🔗 Connect with Katrina 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Blog ⏰ Timestamps Katrina learned to code at school, thanks to her father, but ended up majoring in international finance (02:19) Katrina's career in finance and law (04:14) After the stock market crashed, Katrina went on to work at IRS (05:04) Suddenly, Katrina realized she was coding! (05:46) Katrina's current job combines all of her skills (06:39) Don't call yourself junior! (07:18) What made Katrina transition into software engineering (08:10) Why we should retire the term "breaking into tech" (08:50) How Katrina joined #100Devs (10:28) How to learn to code when you have a family and full-time job (11:50) Community break! Your LinkedIn posts and tweets, with Jan The Producer (14:22) How Katrina wanted to address her knowledge gap (16:40) When did Katrina start to feel ready to apply for coding jobs? (18:52) The most important thing to know about coding interviews (19:47) How Katrina practiced her interview skills with Brilliant Black Minds (20:56) Katrina's networking strategy (22:22) What's the difference between networking and just talking to people? (24:10) How Katrina found her first software role (26:56) Find your unique angle and double down (31:44) How Katrina prepared for her final interview round (32:58) Why you should ask your prospective employer business questions (33:54) Why your domain knowledge is important (37:04) 🧰 Resources Mentioned #100Devs freeCodeCamp Brilliant Black Minds ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/13/202339 minutes, 41 seconds
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OpenAI for Developers: How to Use AI for Better Code and Engaging Projects, with Tom Chant

🎙 About the episodeMeet Tom Chant 🇬🇧! Tom is a Scrimba instructor who has just released a course on building your own AI apps! In this episode, he joins Alex to discuss everything about AI for developers. You'll find out how AI can augment your skills. You'll learn how to use ChatGPT, Codex, and GitHub Copilot, all powered by OpenAI, what their limitations are, and where they overlap.Tom will also give you useful tips for prompt engineering. You'll hear about the ethical and security risks of using AI when writing code. You'll also get to know how you can train your own ChatGPT model for a specific use! Finally, Tom and Alex also discuss the future of AI. Will coders be replaced with AI language models? Spoiler alert: nope.🔗 Connect with Tom 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources MentionedCourse: Build AI Apps with ChatGPT, Dall-E, and GPT-4 ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏  Or tell Jan the Producer he has butchered your name here.
6/6/202351 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to Get Your First Dev Job by Playing Call of Duty, with Scrimba Student Shaun

🎙 About the episodeMeet Shaun Jackie Hickman 🇬🇧! Shaun is a new developer who has recently landed his first dev job after meeting his now boss at a LAN party, playing Call of Duty! Earlier, Shaun wanted to become an English teacher but ended up studying social sciences and graduating in business.Eventually, Shaun realized there was another language he was interested in - and that language was JavaScript. Within a year of dedicated studying, he changed careers. In this episode, Shaun shares how he learned to code while working a full-time job and why it's important to take breaks and have hobbies other than coding. He reveals why long interview processes are not necessarily a bad thing and talks about the philosophy of AI and the ethics of using ChatGPT. Plus: Shaun and Alex delve into the power of determination and maintaining the right mindset. 🔗 Connect with Shaun 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Shaun's long and winding journey into tech (01:29) Shaun discovered Scrimba by listening to the Scrimba podcast while at work at his previous job! (04:52) How Shaun learned to code alongside a full-time job, and why you should not overwhelm yourself (05:54) Power hour (08:16) What motivated Shaun to get back into coding, and why this episode almost got titled "Learning to code after a breakup" (09:08) Community break! Your tweets, LinkedIn comments, and Apple Podcast reviews (12:25) How Shaun met his future boss at a LAN party (14:25) Increase your surface area! (17:10) Nobody talks about LAN parties, but they can actually be great for networking (18:08) Shaun's interview process was long. But that was a good thing! Also, he was at a crossroads: React or PhP? (18:52) Contacts don't always turn into opportunities overnight, and that is why Shaun wanted to take things slowly (20:45) Quick-fire questions: Favorite projects, ChatGPT, NetworkChuck, and coding to soundtracks and lo-fi Synthwave (21:56) Finding a balance in using AI (24:24) What is business development (27:07) How Shaun combines his background in business with coding (28:03) You always bring something from your previous experience with you (29:51) On failing and sucking at things, and why you shouldn't avoid that (32:24) Commitment and drive are all you need (34:39) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Frontend Developer Career Path Kevin Powell Network Chuck ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/30/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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Career Progression Decoded: Angie Jones' Expert Tips for Entering the Tech Industry and Forging Your Unique Path

🎙 About the episodeMeet Angie Jones 🇺🇸! Angie is a veteran software developer currently working as a global Developer Relations executive at TBD. Before that, she worked as an automation engineer at Twitter and as a software engineer and master inventor at IBM (where she worked for nine years)! Angie is also a teacher and an international keynote speaker who has authored 27 patents.In this episode, Angie takes us through her career path, from falling in love with coding through automation engineering to eventually discovering her passion for teaching and DevRel. You'll learn the differences between large enterprises, medium-sized companies, and startups and find out what to look for if you're just breaking into the industry. Angie also talks about teaching, patenting your ideas, and finding specialization. Plus: decentralized technologies, changing jobs with the same company, and why it's important to keep learning new stuff.  🔗 Connect with Angie 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Website 🐦 Twitter 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps Angie's father thought she should familiarize herself with computers, so she took a C++ course. The rest is history! (01:41) What Angie loved about programming (03:14) Are developers missing out if they don't study computer science at university? (04:02) What makes a good teacher? (05:51) Community break! Your Tweets and LinkedIn posts (10:00) Angie got his first role in tech through an internship (11:23) How Angie spent nine years at IBM (12:54) What are the advantages of changing jobs within the same company? (13:31) How does working at a huge corporation compare to working at smaller companies and startups, and why should you try a bit of both (15:12) What does career progression look like? (17:17) As a beginner, should you prioritize learning opportunities? What size companies should you go after? (17:55) Pay attention to the ratio of juniors vs. seniors (19:18) Software development is about much more than coding (19:39) How Angie discovered automation engineering and, subsequently, DevRel (20:22) There are gaps in the market for specializations (23:56) How to find a slight specialization within frontend (28:06) Quick-fire questions: Java, decentralized technologies, Sarah Drasner and Kelsey Hightower (29:53) Angie Jones has 27 patents! Here's how that happened. (34:00) What does a patent look like? (35:24) What's it like to invent patents within a big corporation like IBM? (37:54) Closing advice: Aside from technical competency, what else should new developers focus on? (39:31) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Sarah Drasner Kelsey Hightower Scrimba Podcast with Chad Stewart: Tech Is Hiring, and Here's What You Need to Do! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏  Or tell Jan the Producer he has butchered your name here.
5/23/202342 minutes, 19 seconds
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Cooking Up a Career Change: Overcoming Burnout and Finding Your Why with Scrimba Student Jimmy

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jimmy Johnston 🇺🇸! Jimmy is a sous-chef turned developer who's just landed his first developer job after working in the culinary industry for twenty years! The career change took Jimmy eleven months. It also involved going through burnout, figuring out his "why," as well as hitting a dead-end with job applications and changing the strategy from the ground up! In this interview, Jimmy will let you in on all of these things so that you can learn from his experience.You'll find out the similarities between cooking and computing, how Jimmy learned to code, and why you shouldn't try to learn too many technologies at once. Jimmy also talks you through his interview process so that you can figure out at what point you are ready to apply for a similar position. 🔗 Connect with Jimmy 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 🧰 Resources Mentioned Scrimba Bootcamp Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community Book: How to Speak Machine: Computational Thinking for the Rest of Us Kevin Powell Scrimba Podcast: An Introvert's Guide to Networking (and Becoming Amazing at LinkedIn), with Stephanie Chiu from PayPal Scrimba Podcast: Homeschooler, College Dropout, Developer and Master Networker: Crush Your Career with Madison Kanna ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes or follow him on LinkedIn and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so that he can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏 Or tell Jan he's butchered your name here.
5/16/202342 minutes, 45 seconds
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Laura Thorson From GitHub: This Is How You Master the Mindset of a Programmer

🎙 About the episodeMeet Laura Thorson 🇺🇸! Laura is a Program Manager at GitHub and has previously worked at Facebook, Twitter, and Salesforce. She broke into tech after attending the first-ever coding bootcamp in history and has only ever gotten jobs through LinkedIn. So... there's a lot we can learn from her!In this episode, Laura talks about her career path and how he went from not knowing what coding was to working in high-profile tech companies. You will hear how she approaches LinkedIn and what was the one piece of advice she got from a recruiter that enabled her to get back into tech after a four-year hiatus. You'll also hear how she got a second chance at Facebook after bombing a job interview - and it only took sending a single email!Laura and Alex also talk about best practices for job interviews, why you should stalk your interviewers, and what to do about impostor syndrome at a new job. Ultimately, Laura reveals how, no matter how you learn to code, the technologies you know come and go - and what you should focus on instead.🔗 Connect with Laura 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Website  🐦 Twitter 👨‍🚀 GitHub  ⏰ Timestamps Laura studied oboe, then English, and then enrolled in the first bootcamp in history! (02:05) How Laura knew made sure she wanted to code before paying for the bootcamp (05:26) On bootcamps vs. learning on your own (06:35)  What was the first ever bootcamp like? (07:55) Community break: We got some new reviews on Apple Podcast! Plus, your tweets from last week. (10:06) Laura’s career in tech: it all started when Salesforce reached out to her on LinkedIn (12:44) Laura’s role at Twitter (14:07) How Laura bombed her interview at Facebook but got another chance after sending an email to the hiring manager (15:08) At Facebook, Laura worked on the Live Video API (18:32) How Laura approaches LinkedIn (19:49) Why Laura’s LinkedIn bio is written in the third person (21:37) How to use your LinkedIn about section (23:19) Why you should send follow-up emails and research your interviewers so you can ask them better questions (25:21) If you’re going to ask a question, be prepared, BUT LISTEN (27:42) When you interview, every touchpoint is an opportunity for them to assess whether you’re the right culture fit (29:22) The killer LinkedIn advice Laura learned the hard way (30:18) What to do with your LinkedIn (and portfolio) if you don’t have relevant coding experience (32:05) Interviewers will do homework on you (33:33) Quick-fire questions: Ruby, Taylor Swift, water, and AI (35:11) Laura’s career journey at GitHub (38:47) Why your most valuable asset is not the coding language you’ve learned (41:29) Imposter syndrome? Don’t overcompensate but talk to a peer or mentor (44:28) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Erica Brescia on Twitter Scrimba Podcast with Shannon Brown ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏  Or tell Jan the Producer he has butchered your name here.
5/9/202348 minutes, 31 seconds
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How To Get an Internship at Meta (Also: Follow Your Passion), With Scrimba Student Gabriel

🎙 About the episodeMeet Gabriel Pedroza 🇺🇸! Gabriel is a Scrimba student who has just landed his first internship. And the internship is at Meta (formerly known as Facebook)!After finishing Scrimba's Frontend Career Path, Gabriel studied computer science at a university, so if you were wondering about the main differences between Scrimba and university, he's the right person to talk to! You'll also hear how he approached learning, how he's already been teaching others how to code, and what did it take for him to get an internship at Meta. More importantly, Gabriel will teach you how to follow your interests and passion, why you shouldn't be afraid of AI, and how to maximize your chances when applying for jobs!🔗 Connect with Gabriel👨‍💼 LinkedIn🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community Bruno Simon's portfolio Theo Browne ThePrimeagen Find your Ikigai! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/2/202331 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tech Is Hiring, and Here's What You Need to Do! (With Chad Stewart)

🎙 About the episodeMeet Chad Stewart 🇯🇲! Chad is a Senior Front End Engineer and the founder of TechIsHiring - it's a hashtag, a community, and a transnational job listing channel helping great jobs and great engineers discover each other. In this episode, Chad talks about the inspiration behind TechIsHiring, plans for its future, and how he cultivated a community around it. More importantly, Chad will teach you how to cultivate community yourself! We all know we need to network, but networking can be daunting. Chad reveals how he networks, who he follows on Twitter, and why being part of a community can help you get jobs, grow as a programmer, and get help when you need it.Chad and Alex also talk about different paths to getting into tech. Becoming a developer is not the only way, and we hope this interview gives you some ideas. Plus: computer bugs, the threat of AI, and water.🔗 Connect with Chad 👨‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Blog 🌐  TechIsHiring  🐦 Twitter 🐦 Tech Is Hiring Twitter 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps How Chad got interested in computers from a very young age (01:54) There were literal bugs in his computer at times! (03:07) Why do you eventually need to learn how to learn on your own so you can keep growing (04:35) Also… Chad learned React using Scrimba! We had no idea. (05:32) What is TechIsHiring, and how did it start? (07:36) Community break! We’re highlighting tweets and LinkedIn comments from the past week. (09:27) Starting a hashtag is not enough - here’s how Chad cultivates community and what the community says about it (10:57) Becoming a developer is not the only way you can get into tech (13:28) What TechIsHiring is about, and why Chad doesn’t want to branch out into other niches (18:51) Quick-fire questions: Will AI replace software developers? What is the most important thing that a new developer should focus on so they can get their first job? Leverage your connections to get jobs, but don’t forget to grow with your network (25:32) How to create a network and get involved in communities if you’re not good at networking? (28:42) Networking is a marathon, not a sprint (31:26) 🧰 Resources Mentioned TechIsHiring (also on Twitter) Learn React for free with Scrimba Angie Jones on Twitter Virtual Coffee Scrimba Podcast with Dan Moore, author of Letters to a New Developer ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏  Or tell Jan the Producer he has butchered your name here.
4/25/202333 minutes, 17 seconds
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Niche Down to Blow Up: Scrimba Student Leo Reveals How to Land an Awesome First Dev Job

🎙 About the episodeMeet Leo de Leon 🇺🇸! Leo was a successful self-taught motion graphics designer. Today, he's a successful self-taught developer! He used to design motion graphics for billboards at an arena in Kansas City that seats 20,000 people. But he needed a change. Eventually, he taught himself how to code in 314 hours over 3.5 months and landed his dream job in a Web3 startup around four months later.In this episode, you will hear why it's essential to know your learning style and how not doing great at school doesn't mean you cannot learn new things. Leo will teach you how to approach your project and portfolio website, as well as his number one tactic for landing your dream job: niching down.Alex and Leo also talk about some shady recruiter practices you can come across nowadays, the perks of working at startups (yes, especially in this economy!), developers to follow on YouTube, learning opportunities, consistency, and blessings in disguise. 🔗 Connect with Leo 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐  Website 🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community DonTheDeveloper on YouTube James Cross on YouTube Chris Sean on YouTube Syntax.fm ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/18/202350 minutes, 31 seconds
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Becoming a Standout Developer, with Randall Kanna

🎙 About the episodeThis is a rebroadcast of one of our most popular interviews. Meet Randall Kanna 🇺🇸! Randall is a software developer, lead product engineer, and the author of The Standout Developer.Once upon a time, Randall learned the unsettling truth that almost everyone on her team earned more money than her. She mustered the courage to confront her boss and said, “Hey! Google is interested in me. I could go there, or you can give me the fair salary bump I deserve!” They obliged, and at that moment, Randall learned just how important it is to advocate yourself.Randall wants you to have the best possible start to your tech career and joins the podcast to share what she’s learned about how to stand out and thrive in tech. Spoiler: It’s not just about your coding skills.🔗 Connect with Randall 🐦 Twitter 🌐 Website 📄 LinkedIn 🧰 Resources mentioned📕 The Standout Developer⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast. You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/11/202340 minutes, 20 seconds
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Ask Better Questions, Get Better Jobs: How Spencer Sped up His Interview Process and Got an Offer Only Four Days after the First Interview

🎙 About the episodeMeet Spencer Dye 🇺🇸! Spencer is a new developer who recently got his first dev job! In the past, he was a designer, but before that, he studied to become a biologist, and then, an accountant! While moonlighting as a designer during his studies, he discovered Webflow, and from there, realized that development is... kind of fun?In this episode, you'll hear how Spencer learned to code, kept up his motivation by practicing stoicism and filling in a habit tracker, and ultimately landed his first dev job after only five months since he decided to change careers. Alex and Spencer discuss whether you should focus on any job or only the jobs you like, why your background is your asset, and are your coding skills the only thing you should focus on. You'll hear how Spencer interviewed his interviewers and focused on making a human connection - which resulted in one of the shortest interview processes we've heard about on the pod!Plus: YouTube recommendations, your tweets, and many words of encouragement.🔗 Connect with Spencer 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website ⏰ Timestamps How Spencer went from computers to design to biology to accountancy, back to design, and eventually, into development (01:25) Before learning frontend, Spencer freelanced as a designer and worked with Webflow (03:03) Spencer dropped out of college and decided to learn development (03:44) How Spencer created his own curriculum and why he used a habit tracker (04:40) What challenges Spencer faced while learning to code (06:17) Nobody teaches problem-solving, but it's essential (06:51) It only took Spencer five months to learn to code at a hireable level (07:53) Community break! Here's what you've been tweeting and posting on LinkedIn (08:35) Interviewing is a skill (11:17) What's the benefit of focusing only on opportunities you find exciting (12:07) How stoicism helped Spencer during his job search (12:46) What Spencer found surprising during his job search (14:23) Why the job Spencer ended up getting had the most effortless interview process compared to the previous ones (15:06) Where does Spencer work now? (16:30) Did Spencer's previous experience in design help him in his new role? (16:56) Another advantage: Spencer interviewed his boss! (17:49) On transferable skills (18:18) Quick-fire questions: favorite frontend YouTube channels, future coding plans, and English breakfast tea (18:52) Why Spencer chose a career in coding (21:03) Webflow jobs vs. coding jobs (22:37) How Spencer got the job within five days of his first interview (24:29) Spencer's interview process and interviewing his interviewers (22:54) Focus on making a human connection! (26:47) Did Spencer have a tech interview? (29:35) Your coding skills are not the only thing (30:31) Why it's important to practice interviewing (32:45) Spencer's tip: Apply at the same company through multiple channels! (33:30) Closing advice: You will get better! Just focus on the smallest steps. (34:58)   🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community freeCodeCamp  Everyday habit tracker Web Dev Simplified on YouTube DesignCourse on YouTube Traversy Media on YouTube ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/4/202336 minutes, 40 seconds
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Learn to Advocate for Yourself with GitHub Developer Advocate Rizel Scarlett

🎙 About the episodeMeet Rizel Scarlett 🇺🇸! Rizel is a Developer Advocate at GitHub. She's also a career changer, software engineer, and community builder! Rizel dropped out of psychology studies after running out of money. Then she went into IT support, then into coding, and then realized that, after working in an organization that teaches women and non-binary people of color to code, developer advocacy could be a great career for her! In this episode, you will hear how Rizel learned to code, paved her own path, and knew when she needed to pivot. You'll learn why internships are cool and what to be on the lookout for if you're looking for your first opportunity. Rizel will also teach you why you need personal branding and how to do it even if you're an introvert - complete with step-by-step instructions on how to write a blog post, practice public speaking, or network. 🔗 Connect with Rizel 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps Why Rizel switched from psychology to IT and, later, to coding (01:59) Was the transition to coding easy? (03:08) Rizel tried many different jobs. Here’s why that’s not a bad thing! (03:41) How Rizel approached learning to code (05:55) Community and camaraderie are important parts of learning to code (06:29) How Rizel decided to enroll in a bootcamp (07:50) On learning to code with your significant other (08:49) Thinking like a programmer comes with practice (09:34) Why Rizel pursued internships (10:44) Why connections are important (12:13) What was Rizel’s internship experience like (13:02) What should you look for in an internship or your first job? (13:47) Community break! Here’s what you’ve been tweeting (15:47) What juniors bring to the table (17:30) How Rizel discovered developer advocacy and got hired as a developer advocate at GitHub (18:45) What does a supportive manager do (20:46) How Rizel approaches personal branding (22:08) You can’t expect people to find you. The best person to advocate for you is you (23:31) How to work on your public speaking (24:36) How to work on your writing and how Rizel approaches writing blog posts (26:58) How to get involved with the community (31:18) Closing advice: it’s okay to switch your focus, take your time, and maintain a list of your wins! (35:11) 🧰 Resources Mentioned How to support early career developers freeCodeCamp ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/28/202338 minutes, 23 seconds
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Pre-Interview Nerves Are Just Stage Fright: Learn How to Manage Them With Pianist-Turned-Developer Emre

🎙 About the episodeMeet Emre Albayrak 🇹🇷!  Emre is a classical pianist from Turkey who decided to change careers, so he trained as a pilot! But then, the pandemic hit. Looking for something else to do (yet again), Emre discovered coding, tried it, and realized he enjoyed it! Only a year after starting to learn to code, Emre landed a job at an international IT company.In this episode, Emre talks about his long and winding but also efficient path to becoming a developer. You'll hear how he learned to code, what resources he used, and how he approached his portfolio projects and job applications! You will probably learn something about keeping up your motivation and managing stage fright before your interviews.🔗 Connect with Emre👨‍💼 LinkedIn⏰ Timestamps How Emre went from music to piloting to coding (02:06) Emre had a developer friend who encouraged him to focus on frontend, after writing his first code in Python (05:10) What resources did Emre use to learn to code? And how did he discover Scrimba? (07:06) Emre landed a job only a year after he started learning to code... and he completed the Career Path in the meantime! (08:10) Emre's job hunting strategy: it's all about your portfolio (09:19) The secret to getting a job quickly (10:45) Quickfire questions: Why doesn't Emre, a musician, listen to music while coding? Who are his favorite coding teachers? Who does he follow on YouTube? How Emre knew he was ready for job interviews? (15:24) Where does Emre work now? (16:01) Emre found the job posting on LinkedIn. Here's what happened next (18:12) Emre had to learn Redux for the test project (18:44) The interview was so successful that HR told Emre they would continue with him immediately! (19:32) The final stage of the interview was an English test! (20:05) How Emre felt when he found out he was hired (20:24) Community break! Here's what you tweeted since our previous episode. (20:55) Did Emre regret leaving musicology? (22:37) How Emre made sure to stay motivated during tougherr times)? (22:57) How Emre deals with the stage fright that hits right before job interviews and with the pain of being rejected for a job (24:28) Why does stage anxiety hit? (27:28) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community freeCodeCamp  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/21/202330 minutes, 41 seconds
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CodeNewbie Founder Saron Yitbarek: New to Coding? Take Action with These Practical Tips

🎙 About the episodeMeet Saron Yitbarek 🇺🇸! Saron is a developer, entrepreneur, community builder, and the founder of CodeNewbie. Saron has been helping new developers break into tech for a decade, and in this episode, she distills her best and most sought-after advice! Saron, who recently launched a new project called NewDevCareer.com, is a career changer herself - she first studied to become a doctor! In this interview, you will hear how she decided to make that change, why her first attempts at learning to code didn't work, and what she wishes she knew then. You will learn the ins and outs of different paths you can take to break into tech. You will get practical tips for creating deeper connections within your online community - and learn why they're important. Saron and Alex also discuss the right motivation to learn to code, why tech is fascinating, and how to decide what to learn first.🔗 Connect with Saron 🧑‍💻 CodeNewbie 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Saron’s road to becoming a developer: Originally, she studied to become a doctor and then worked as a journalist (01:31) How Saron got interested in tech after reading a book on Steve Jobs (03:32) How Saron approached learning to code and why that approach was wrong (05:43) Saron first joined startups working in sales and marketing and decided to try coding again out of frustration (08:03) Bootcamp, university, or a self-directed path? Here’s how Saron made that decision (09:38) The benefits of bootcamps… and coding communities (11:35) Community break! Jan the producer reads your tweets, reviews, and LinkedIn posts (13:21) How can an aspiring developer involve more in the community? (15:21) How to foster deeper connections online? (17:24) How important is consistency when learning to code? (19:21) Can anybody teach themselves coding? (20:23) What is the right motivation to become a developer? How much should you be passionate about coding? (22:00) What are a first-time developer’s biggest assets and why? (24:22) Is “passion” too strong of a word? Should you be passionate about coding? (27:15) The importance of mentoring juniors (28:53) Junior developers are an investment (30:45) What is newdevcareer.com? (32:22) Information is all around us, but we’re lacking action (36:42) What is the main problem new developers face? (38:38) 🧰 Resources Mentioned CodeNewbie NewDevCareer.com Scrimba Podcast: Tech Layoffs Are Still Happening, and ChatGPT Can Code: How To Stay Ahead of the Curve as a New Developer, With Lane Wagner How to Be Great? Just Be Good, Repeatably ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/14/202341 minutes, 27 seconds
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How Butcher-Turned-Developer Jamie Got the First Coding Job He Applied For

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jamie Baker 🇬🇧! Jamie is a recently hired new developer who used to be a butcher. Recently, he took the plunge to leave his growing business and, at 38, start his first front-end developer job after only interviewing at one company! This is a story of perseverance and knowing when to niche down. You will hear how Jamie started coding, why he loves CSS, and how he fell in love with Shopify. You will learn why you should be enthusiastic about the tech you're working with and why if you're sending too many resumes, that might mean you need a better strategy. Jamie also talks about his typical day as a developer working at a Shopify agency,  why honesty and people skills matter, and why you shouldn't sleep on domain knowledge. There are also some fun quick-fire questions!🔗 Connect with Jamie 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 The butcher shop ⏰ Timestamps How Jamie started learning CSS by hosting a football forum (01:54) How Jamie landed his first paid gig while knowing only CSS (03:16) How Jamie decided to go from a craft butcher shop owner to front-end developer (and discovered Scrimba) (04:33) Jamie learned to code alongside his day job (07:29) His butcher shop had a Shopify website, and Jamie loved it (08:01) Today, Jamie works in a Shopify agency (09:17) How Jamie decided to narrow down his focus on Shopify-related jobs (09:58) Community break! (11:32) How Jamie left his business and started a coding job at the age of 38 (13:11) The job Jamie got was the only job he applied for! (13:54) Jamie's personality and people skills played the biggest role when it came to him getting the job (14:29) Find what excites you! (18:44) Quick-fi e questions: Favorite coding courses? Is CSS a language? Why is everybody wearing headphones? (19:28) What Jamie's typical day at a Shopify agency looks like, and why you should put yourself in the shoes of the user (21:50) Why you should be honest with your prospective employers (23:27) Has the career change been worth it for Jamie? (17:00) Next week: Saron Yitbarek, the founder of CodeNewbie! (29:20) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community Scrimba Podcast: Becoming a Standout Developer with Randall Kanna ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/7/202330 minutes, 45 seconds
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Tech Layoffs Are Still Happening, and ChatGPT Can Code: How To Stay Ahead of the Curve as a New Developer, With Lane Wagner

🎙 About the episodeMeet Lane Wagner 🇺🇸! Lane is an engineering manager and the founder of Boot.dev. In this episode, as an experienced leader and educator, Lane talks about the recent changes in the job market and what they mean for aspiring and established developers alike. With tech layoffs and  AI that can write code, how do you even stand out?Lane and Alex discuss the future of the industry as well as the ongoing recession and why it seems to hit tech companies especially hard. You'll learn what's the main difference between a developer and an AI that can write code and how to focus on it. They also talk about different types of companies, how different paths require different strategies to break into tech, and why it's okay to change companies as that's the quickest way to learn and figure out what works for you..🔗 Connect with Lane 👨‍💼Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter ✏️ Blog ⏰ Timestamps Why is the tech industry experiencing layoffs? (01:41) Do tech layoffs affect junior developers in the long run? (03:20) Why we are in a recession: the (tech) bubble created during the COVID pandemic burst (05:00) Why have big companies mostly hired seniors in the past three years (08:31) Should junior developers aim to work at smaller companies? (09:24) Getting a job requires different strategies for different types of companies (12:29) Changing jobs is okay! (16:06) Community break! (18:23) Get your first developer job ASAP because that's the quickest way to learn (20:36) AI can write code. Should developers be worried for their livelihoods? (22:37) The difference between ChatGPT and a junior developer (26:03) If your biggest selling point as a junior is what technologies you use, you're doing something wrong (30:21) What we can learn from the data available at layoffs.fyi (33:39) We can't control most things happening in the job market, but we can focus on the things we can control: Lane's advice for junior developers (35:21) 🧰 Resources Mentioned boot.dev layoffs.fyi Blog post: What Do Tech Layoffs Mean for Budding Developers Scrimba Podcast: How to become a successful Junior Developer with Danny Thompson Scrimba Podcast: How to Use Twitter to Beat Your Social Anxiety and Land Your First Job, with Scrimba Student Trecia ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/28/202338 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why Finding a Mission Fit Is Important, with Scrimba Student Matheus

🎙 About the episodeMeet Matheus Pessoa 🇧🇷! Matheus is a recently hired new developer who landed his first junior developer job after only about a year of learning to code. To make this story even more awesome, the CTO of the company he now works at reached out to him!   In this episode, you'll hear how Matheus approached learning to code with ADHD, how he chose front-end development as a career that blends his different interests, and how he ultimately landed his first dev job. You'll learn what's important when applying for jobs at startups (hint: it's not necessarily your tech knowledge, especially if you're a junior), whether you can apply for a position involving something you haven't learned yet, and how not to get stuck if everybody on your team is super young.🔗 Connect with Matheus 👨‍💼 Linkedin 👨‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps How Matheus decided to learn to code after studying statistics while being interested in visual arts (01:42) What projects did Matheus make to learn to code? (03:02) How Matheus decided to focus on becoming a front-end developer (04:32) How Matheus approached learning to code and navigated being self-taught while having ADHD (05:56) What's the job market like in Brazil, and when did Matheus start applying? (08:23) Community break! (09:35) The real challenge is finding the right cultural fit (11:37) Matheus found a job because the CTO of the company reached out to him! (12:06) Interviewing in reverse (14:43) What kind of technical skills were they looking for from a junior candidate? (15:47) What made Matheus stand out (16:10) What is more important: mission fit, tech, or communication skills? Matheus got an offer letter only five days after the interview! (18:22) What does a day of work look like for Matheus today? (20:08) Matheus works in a very young team. Here's why that's awesome and how to do with its shortcomings (20:41) Matheus's future career goals (21:55) What Matheus wishes he had known when he was starting out: Be patient! (22:38) Next week, Lane Wagner of Btalks about layoffs and what they mean for new developers (24:06) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Front-end Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community Matheus' museum project Optimize Your LinkedIn Page with Danny Thompson Scrimba Podcast: How to Make Your LinkedIn Stand Out Scrimba Podcast: An Introvert's Guide to Networking (and Becoming Amazing at LinkedIn), with Stephanie Chiu from PayPal ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/21/202325 minutes, 10 seconds
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How Netlify CEO Matt Biilmann Went from Being Self-taught to Bootstrapping a Company

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mathias Biilmann 🇩🇰! Matt is CEO and Co-founder of Netlify, a cloud computing company you might have heard of. He's also a self-taught developer who was a music journalist in a past life! In this episode, he talks about bootstrapping a company, and hiring his first developers. He also talks about how he initially learned to code and, eventually, decided to change careers! Yes, this story will also take you to the time before everybody had Internet. Matt will teach you how to best position yourself as a developer, and why companies in different stages of their development look for different things in their hires. Alex and Matt will discuss the current state of the job market and whether you should be worried about the potential for finding job opportunities. And on top of that, this episode is also about the fascinating story about the inception of a company we all know and love.🔗 Connect with Matt 👨‍💼Linkedin 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Matt started fiddling with a Commodore 64 before becoming a developer was cool (02:07) How you would learn coding in the era before everybody was connected to the Internet (03:56) Matt pursued musicology, comparative literature, and cultural studies degrees and worked as a freelance music journalist! (05:40) How Matt kept coding as a hobby and decided to switch careers after meeting a girl from Spain (06:10) Matt’s first notable coding projects: a Sudoku game where you could challenge friends like in Wordle, and a procedurally generated space game (07:24) How Matt got his first developer job (09:29) Break: Here’s what our community is saying! (11:50) How Matt Biilmann went from being an employee to CTO to CEO (14:28) Matt had a hunch about the future of the web… And it turned out he was right! (17:04) What is Jamstack? (20:38) How much code does Matt write today, and how much did he use to write in Netlify’s early days? (23:32) What was Netlify looking for in the first developers they hired? (25:45) What kinds of developers do early-stage startups need? What are the differentiators between developers with similar backgrounds? (27:57) Break: Subscribe! (31:37) Why do companies still need to hire junior developers? (32:19) Are junior developers a good investment? (37:03) Why are there tech layoffs happening right now? (37:49) Should you be worried about the current state of the job market? (44:28) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Netlify Netlify Drop, formerly BitBalloon Jamstack Scrimba Podcast: How to Avoid Burnout, Improve Your Confidence and Keep Coding Fun, with Scrimba Student Sylvia ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/14/202345 minutes, 42 seconds
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How to Use Twitter to Beat Your Social Anxiety and Land Your First Job, with Scrimba Student Trecia

🎙 About the episodeMeet Trecia Kat 🇿🇦! Trecia is a new developer from South Africa who originally wanted to work in healthcare. She eventually decided to study IT, but she dropped out of college when it turned out that online resources were better! Today she's a front-end developer. She got her feet wet in the world of Developer Advocacy, she beat her social anxiety, and she even spoke at a conference! In this episode, you'll learn why passion doesn't mean you'll be great at something - and how to recognize what you can actually be great at. Trecia tells us how she learned to code, overcame her fear of interacting with people she doesn't know, and landed her first developer job. Twitter was essential for Trecia's journey - she will teach you how to use it to get out of your comfort zone and what Tech Twitter tropes to ignore. You will also hear about Trecia's DevRel internship at Strapi and how she ended up speaking at a conference by trying not to speak at a conference. 🔗 Connect with Trecia 👩‍💼Linkedin 🌐 Website 🌐 Blog 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Trecia decided to learn to code, and should you be passionate about coding to do so (01:27) Trecia wanted to work in healthcare but eventually decided to study IT (02:52) Why Trecia dropped out of her studies (06:42) How Trecia decided to pick up front-end when her cousin needed a website (9:30) Resources Trecia used to learn to code (11:18) Break: Here’s what you’ve tweeted about the podcast. (13:54) The biggest challenge Trecia faced was wanting to learn too many things at once (16:13) Tech Twitter is useful… but don’t believe everything you read (17:41) How Trecia grew her Twitter following (18:52) How Trecia used Twitter to fight her social anxiety and connect with the community (20:05) Trecia got her first freelance gig because of Twitter! (26:15) How Trecia learned about DevRel and got a DevRel internship (27:29) Ad break: Next week, it’s Netlify CEO Matt Biilmann! (30:03) On Trecia’s DevRel internship at Strapi (32:10) How Trecia spoke at the Next.js conference by trying too hard not to speak at a conference at all (33:36) Why Trecia decided to drop being a developer advocate for the time being and focus on becoming a better developer (34:34) What Trecia wishes she knew when she was starting out as a coder: focus on yourself and break out of your comfort zone (37:15) 🧰 Resources Mentioned freeCodeCamp Learn Javascript for free on Scrimba Trecia at Next.JS Intro to artificial intelligence and Developer Relations with Pratim Bhosale Pratim Bhosale on Twitter TraversyMedia on Youtube Scrimba Podcast: How to get started in Developer Relations according to Head of Developer Relations Phil Leggetter ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/7/202340 minutes, 36 seconds
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How to Get Better at Communication and Teamwork, with Patrick Akil

🎙 About the episodeMeet Patrick Akil 🇳🇱! Patrick is a software engineer, Golang trainer, and the host of the Beyond Coding podcast. In this interview, he shares his story of becoming a developer and talks about everything beyond coding - mindset, mental health, life- and soft skills. By the way, this is the 100th episode of the Scrimba podcast! 🎉In this episode, you will learn how to become a better team player and what being a good communicator actually entails. Patrick will teach you how to find your strengths even if you're not the best coder in the world, why mental health is important, and how creating genuine connections with your coworkers benefits everybody. You will also hear how Patrick pivoted to coding after initially missing an opportunity to study it at a university and how he learned from consultants from a company he later worked for! 🔗 Connect with Patrick 📹 YouTube 👨‍💼Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Patrick’s long and winding path to coding through operations (01:28) Is attending a university a good path to becoming a developer? (05:02) How Patrick learn development on the job from external consultants (07:36) People around you will define your growth curve, and mentors are important (10:09) How much of success is luck, and how much is under your control? (11:09) How to advocate for yourself (13:13) What does it mean to be a good communicator (14:16) Ad break! Next week, it’s Trecia Kat! (16:13) Why it’s important to talk about things that are ‘beyond coding’? (17:53) How not to be too harsh on yourself (19:37) Creating a system that doesn’t rely on motivation (21:55) What’s more important: hard skills or soft skills? (24:04) The typical roles within a team (25:28) How to get better at teamwork (29:04) Where does perfectionism come from? (33:17) How to get better at receiving feedback (35:11) How to apply the takeaways from this interview to interviewing for a job without going over the top (37:56) Redefining what success means (40:19) What are goals (43:05) How Patrick got his first developer job even though he wasn’t expecting to (44:15) How Patrick became a podcaster (47:54) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Beyond Coding on Youtube Beyond Coding on Anchor Beyond Coding: Mental Health Problems and Conference Talks, with Stacy Cashmore  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/31/202351 minutes, 38 seconds
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Reach out to People You Know and You'll Be Surprised: From Comedian to Developer with Scrimba Student Amy

🎙 About the episodeMeet Amy Corson 🇺🇸! Amy is a recently hired new developer. She's also an aspiring comedian! During the pandemic, she realized she was unhappy with her day job and decided to change it. So: this episode is both insightful and funny!In this interview, Amy talks about learning to code and how her brother, also a self-taught developer, introduced her to Scrimba. You'll learn about ghost buses, local coding meetups, and how help can come from the unlikeliest of places. Amy also teaches you how to pick a coding project you're not going to give up on, even if it might give you food poisoning. Ultimately, you will hear how Amy approached both studying and applying for jobs, how she prepared for the job interview that landed her the job she's doing now, and why vague emails from recruiters are even more stressful when you're in the mountains. 🔗 Connect with Amy 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 Github ⏰ Timestamps How Amy went from an aspiring comedy writer with a day job to learning to code (02:12) Amy quit her job and focused on coding (04:51) Amy landed her first developer job after a little over a year of studying! (06:20) How Amy approached learning to code (06:48) What projects did Amy build? (08:07) How Amy decided on a complex project, learned a lot, and avoided food poisoning (08:20) Ad break! Next week, it’s Patrick Akil! (10:17) How Scrimba’s Discord community helped Amy solve problems better (12:11) When did Amy decide to start applying for jobs? (13:58) How Amy tackled her lack of teamwork experience by joining a civic open-source meetup (15:02) What Amy did when she got stuck on her new project (17:38) Does Amy’s new job mirror her experience working on the projects at the local meetup group? (18:52) You don’t know who you know! (21:24) How Amy landed her developer job (25:14) What Amy did to prepare for her job interview (27:37) Why did Amy put work into presenting herself to the interviewers (28:58) How did Amy's technical interview go? (32:47) Amy almost two job offers at once! (34:29) How do you tell your prospective employer to hurry up? (36:22) How Amy got the job offer she ended up accepting while on a hike with no phone reception (38:15) Should you negotiate the salary for your first opportunity? (40:08) Junior developers are an investment (44:39) 🧰 Resources Mentioned The Front-End Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/24/202347 minutes, 29 seconds
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It's about Who You Know: An Introvert's Guide to Networking (and Becoming Amazing at LinkedIn), with Stephanie Chiu from PayPal

🎙 About the episodeMeet Stephanie Chiu 🇺🇸! Stephanie is a self-taught iOS software engineer and career coach. She's also a chemical engineer who thought she would never code... until she met people who actually worked in tech!In this episode, you'll learn everything about her path to becoming a developer and landing her first job at PayPal! You'll also learn how important it was for Stephanie to be a part of a local developer community. Stephanie will teach you how to optimize your LinkedIn (and think about what recruiters see), seek mentorship, and reach out to senior developers for coffee chats, even if you're introverted.Stephanie and Alex share excellent tips to help you find your niche and stand out as a new developer. They also discuss predictions for the state of the industry and job market in 2023.  🔗 Connect with Stephanie 📸 Instagram 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter 👩‍🚀 Github ⏰ Timestamps How Stephanie started coding even though she thought she would never do that (01:36) The life of a chemical engineer working as a production supervisor and why Stephanie wanted to change careers (04:28) The collaborative nature of getting into tech and how to do coffee chats with developers (05:52) Why you should go to hackathons (07:13) Why getting out of your comfort zone can lead to cool stuff (08:17) How Stephanie surrounded herself with tech people and why that was helpful (09:16) Should a junior developer work remotely or in person? (11:48) Ad break! Reading your podcast reviews + next week on the show: a comedian-turned-developer Amy Corson! (14:00) How Stephanie picked her tech stack and approach learning to code, and why you shouldn't focus on collecting certificates (16:58) Why iOS developer communities are tightly knit (20:51) Why iOS developers generally receive higher compensation (21:55) How Stephanie got her job at PayPal and why you shouldn't sleep on LinkedIn (25:32) Do small companies hire juniors in the current job market? (27:34) How Stephanie was found on LinkedIn by a manager at PayPal... and then rejected (28:50) The engineers replied back to Stephanie's thank you email, she took up one of them on an offer to help her with learning, and the rest is history! (30:56) The engineers initially doubted Stephanie (32:28) How Stephanie's manager needed somebody who could think outside the box (35:24) What is more important for junior developers: a resume, portfolio, LinkedIn, or GitHub? (37:46) How to teach LinkedIn's algorithm what is it that you want to become (39:55) The key to using LinkedIn is curation (40:53) How the Skills section on LinkedIn makes a difference in what you see and who reaches out (42:33) People don't scroll, so put the most essential things on top! (44:17) What recruiters see on LinkedIn, and why Stephanie put her GitHub projects into the Experience section (45:36) Stephanie's take on the state of the job market in 2023 (47:24) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Levels.fyi - Salaries and tools to level up your career Scrimba podcast with Austin Henline: How to make your LinkedIn profile standout according to a LinkedIn expert Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/17/202350 minutes, 8 seconds
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Don't Be Afraid to Take Breaks, but Make Sure to Keep Going: Juggling Learning to Code and a Full-time Job with Scrimba Student Marleigh

🎙 About the episodeMeet Marleigh Morgan 🇺🇸! Marleigh is a recently hired graphic designer turned developer. She has always wanted to learn to code, and she tried to study computer science but gave up after it turned out that, at her university, she was supposed to write Java on paper. During the pandemic, she picked up coding again. Two years later, she changed careers!In this episode, Marleigh will teach you how to balance learning to code with having a full-time job. She also talks about online communities and how to benefit from them, the importance of developing independent projects for your portfolio, and why you shouldn't be afraid to take breaks when you need them. She also shares how she eventually changed career paths within the company she was already working at and how she knew she was ready to apply for jobs.🔗 Connect with Marleigh 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter 👩‍🚀 Github 🤖 kittywizard#9211 on Scimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Marleigh was interested in coding, but gave up after her university wanted her to write Java on paper (01:27) Marleigh went back to coding after changing majors and working as a designer for ten years (02:22) What made Marleigh pick up programming again (03:57) The importance of being consistent (06:05) How Marleigh learned coding alongside a full-time job (06:28) Marleigh's advice for everybody learning to code alongside work (07:41) The difference in mindset between learning to code as a hobby and learning to code as a career path (10:05) Ad break: Next week, it's Stephanie Chiu! How specifically Marleigh learned to code (14:34) Do you ever feel ready to apply for jobs? (16:44) Remote vs on-site work for junior developers (17:55) Marleigh is a Scrimba Community Hero with over 2000 messages on our discord server. Here's how she discovered the Scrimba Community (19:33) Why being in a developer community is important when you're starting out (20:50) Job applications don't always pan out - here's how Marleigh knew when to take a step back and tweak her resume (21:13) Marley eventually ended up changing careers internally - here's how it happened (23:10) Did they grill Marleigh about her coding skills? (27:33) The perks of being in the Scrimba community while job searching (28:41) It's okay to take breaks! (30:37) 🧰 Resources Mentioned The Front-End Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/10/202332 minutes, 27 seconds
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On Bootcamps, Networking, and Job Hunting During a Recession, with Don the Developer

🎙 About the episodeMeet Don Hansen 🇺🇸! Don is a software engineer and developer mentor who helps aspiring juniors land their first opportunity. He's also a Youtuber, podcaster, and streamer who met his first boss on Twitch!In this episode, Don and Alex talk about career changes, leaving a good first impression, and the state of the job market right now. You'll learn whether you should consider attending a coding bootcamp or stick to a self-directed path, how to see past the marketing copy on a coding bootcamp's website, and how to actually look at networking (especially if you're bad at it). Don also shares valuable insights on all the things you might be doing wrong if you're just starting your job search.   🔗 Connect with Don 👨‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Website 📹 Youtube 📹 Twitch ⏰ Timestamps Don always coded as a hobby (01:19) Bridging the gap between a hobbyist and a professional: it's a shift in mindset (02:56) How to keep coding playful while maintaining discipline (05:02) How did Don go about getting his first coding job? (06:23) Don met his first boss on Twitch! (07:20) Why is providing transparency very powerful + are you curious about coding? (09:01) What Don learned from failed job applications (11:21) How you should think about networking (13:10) Ad break! Next week, it's Marleigh Morgan! (14:52) Fight shyness with exposure (16:21) How James Mariott fought his insecurities by streaming, and why streaming can be a great strategy for you (19:03) On imposter syndrome: it never goes away (20:32) Why you should train yourself to be a problem solver (23:25) Don put stuff you don't know (or senior developers, for that matter) on a pedestal (25:47) Short-term vs long-term goals (26:19) How to pick your area of expertise, and why Don picked CSS (30:10) Should you sign up for a bootcamp or choose a self-directed route? (34:32) Can you pick a bootcamp based on their success rate? (38:24) What to do if you're applying for junior developer jobs but never hearing back? (42:39) Coding ability vs. soft skills, and why it's important to learn presentation skills (45:58) What's the motivation behind Don's YouTube channel? (48:13) How to look for jobs during a recession (51:05) The only surefire way to fail is to quit (55:47) 🧰 Resources Mentioned DonTheDeveloper YouTube channel Don's YT video: How I Got My First Web Developer Job Don't review of Scrimba Should aspiring developers be worried about the recession? Scrimba podcast: Code Like Nobody Is Watching: On Community, Learning, and Finding the Right Culture Fit, With Scrimba Student James ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/3/202357 minutes, 54 seconds
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This Scrimba Student Learned Job Interviewing Skills from Podcasts (and Made a Killer Portfolio, Too)

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mislav Markušić 🇭🇷! Mislav is a new developer from Croatia who has changed careers at the age of 40. After attending law school and realizing it wasn't a good fit for him, he spent 14 years working in a record store! Now, he's a junior developer.In this episode, Mislav shares how he decided to pursue coding, how long it took, and how he managed to do it alongside a full-time job and a family. Mislav and Alex discuss taking breaks, knowing you're ready to apply for jobs, and whether or not a junior should learn TypeScript. Mislav also talks about his portfolio, how having a well-thought-out portfolio can help you stand out in a sea of candidates, and how you can prepare for your job interview by listening to podcasts!🔗 Connect with Mislav 👨‍💼Linkedin 🌐 Portfolio 🌐 Blog 🐦Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Mislav started coding after dropping out of law school and working in a record store for 14 years (01:22) How Mislav knew which technologies to focus on (05:07) How Mislav approached learning to code (06:54) Hurry up, but slowly (08:33) Ad break! Check out our video where Alex is reenacting a day in a life as a learner. Next week on the podcast, it's Don Hansen! (10:55) Mislav wasn't ready too apply for jobs, but a friend of his thought otherwise (13:22) The hiring manager loved how Mislav presented himself. Here's what he did, and how he picked his portfolio projects! (14:55) Podcasts were the single best resource for Mislav when it comes to nailing the interview. Here's why (18:20) Mislav's interview process (20:22) Mislav's new job! (23:13) What's the first week of his first developer job been like for Mislav? (23:47) How fast do you learn coding at home, and how fast do you learn on the job? (26:55) How you feel about your abilities can change within a month (28:04) What would Mislav do differently, and why is that - learning TypeScript? (29:03) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Blog: Mislav's Roadmap to Getting Hired as a Frontent Dev Mislav's portfolio YouTube video: A day in the life of a self-taught React developer in London Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/27/202232 minutes, 15 seconds
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How to Fast Track Your Developer Career, with Katy Ashby

🎙 About the episodeMeet Katy Ashby 🇬🇧! Katy studied physics before becoming a developer, and once she did, she went from a complete novice to a principal developer and team lead in only four years! In this episode, Katy shares how she fast-tracked her career and how you can do the same.In this episode, Katy talks about why you should remain curious, how to recognize opportunities to progress in a company, and what makes a senior developer. Katy shares her view on whether you should seek a remote position as a junior developer and the benefits of staying at a job for longer. Alex and Katy also discuss contractors and whether you should be wary of them (or become one). Also: HTML for Dummies, and rats!🔗 Connect with Katy 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Katy never thought she was going to become a developer, even though she dabbled with coding as a child (01:06) How Katy worked on her first website as a kid and kept coding playful (01:54) Katy never thought about studying computer science because her computer classes at school were boring, and she ended up majoring in physics with a minor in French! (04:23) Why a developer career, in hindsight, was a perfectly logical choice for Katy (06:25) How Katy went from a beginner to a principal developer in four years (07:27) Ad break! Next week, it's Mislav Markušić! (12:21) What made Katy determined to climb the ranks? (14:13) Why becoming a senior developer is more about your attitude than just your coding skills (15:07) Did Katy know much about software development jobs before she got her first one? (16:10) More and more physicists are becoming coders. Here's why (17:05) What Katy learned over the course of four years (19:08) How Katy used the experience of using Python for a physics internship to kickstart her coding journey (19:55) Is there anything that Katy would do differently? (23:42) What challenges did Katy face when she started working? (25:29) How Katy turned a graduate role into an actual job (27:55) Consider the whole offer, and not just the salary (30:40) Should junior developers work remotely or in person? (32:45) Why applying for jobs at other companies can get you a raise (34:18) How does everybody working remotely change the job landscape? What's the difference between employees and contractors? (37:46) How Katy took a break between jobs and shared her knowledge with the community (42:09) Quick-fire questions: favorite places in the UK, Anglo-Indian food, coffee, and keeping rats as pets! (45:07) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Dummies Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/20/202248 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to Avoid Burnout, Improve Your Confidence and Keep Coding Fun, with Scrimba Student Sylvia

🎙 About the episodeMeet Sylvialynn Favello 🇺🇸! Sylvia got exposed to coding accidentally: by watching online courses for fun after she took a break from work and studying so that she could have surgery. Today, she works at Docker! She will teach us how to stay on track even when our brains don't want to.In this episode, Sylvia will give us her insights on how to recognize you're heading towards burnout, how to keep learning fun, and how to remain motivated. She also talks about working on her self-confidence and public speaking by participating in communities and Twitter spaces (the latter is also how she met her hiring manager!), as well as how she found a way to enjoy the learning process for what it is. Spoiler alert: you'll get many unconventional study tips, but they might work for you!Alex and Sylvia also discuss programming with ADHD, why being a developer is rewarding, and how you can turn perceived failures into learning experiences.   🔗 Connect with Sylvia 👩‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Hashnode 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🌐  Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Sylvia started learning to code because she was bored and wanted to learn... anything (01:48) Alex met Sylvia a year ago when she was joining Twitter spaces to work on her self-confidence and public speaking. Here's how it went down! (03:59) Why you should try different things until you find something that sticks (05:12) How Sylvia's dream about studying at Harvard turned into a passion for coding (05:53) How Alex got exposed to coding by watching videos from Stanford, and Sylvia's unconventional learning practices (07:09) Developers with ADHD and how programming can be stimulating (11:12) Ad break: Have you heard our show with Jessica Chan? Coming up next week, lead software engineer Katy Ashby. Sylvialynn's approach to learning and why you shoulud follow your cuiosity (15:27) Why you should always be open to tweaking your goals and plans (17:21) Finding motivation in challenges (18:39) Keep learning fun! (20:06) How to recognize and avoid burnout? (23:18) Why you should enjoy the journey, not the destination (26:44) When did Sylvia feel she was ready to start applying for jobs? (28:12) How Sylvia chose her portfolio project (29:34) What resources did she use to learn JavaScript and React? (30:25) Sylvia's approach to findind a job (spoiler: in the end, community is always important) (31:26) Why you should start working on your presentation skills right away (34:13) How to deal with mental setbacks in networking and socializing (39:16) Sylvia met a hiring manager at Docker in a Twitter space! (43:33) Are you an introvert... or an anxious extrovert (45:33) Sylvia's interview process at Docker (47:33) What is it like being an intern at Docker? (49:47) What's it like doing an internship remotely? (51:00) Technical vs behavioral questions for a Docker internship (53:12) How long did the internship last and did it come with a promise of a possible job opportunity? (54:46) Keep trying different things! (57:19) 🧰 Resources Mentioned How to speak CS50's Introduction to Computer Science on edX Mia Bala on Twitter Scrimba's Front-End Developer Career Path Sylvia's project, Blue Signal Scrimba Podcast: How To Learn To Code From the Free Content on YouTube, With Jessica Chan Scrimba Podcast: Communication skills for developers with Dylan Israel from Amazon freeCodeCamp Learn Python for Free on Scrimba Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/13/202259 minutes, 6 seconds
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Listen to This If You're Working on Your Developer Portfolio, with Alex from TechRally

🎙 About the episodeMeet Alexander Lee 🇺🇸! Alexander, also known as TechRally, is a front-end engineer at Amazon. He's also a developer coach, Youtuber, and career changer. In this episode, TechRally teaches you how to solve a number of challenges you might face as a junior developer trying to break into the industry.Alex (the host) and Alex (the guest) discuss the pros and cons of bootcamps, as well as developer portfolios, job market trends, and whether job hunting is similar to... dating. You'll also learn what's the least you can do to stand out as an applicant and how to make sure you really stand out. TechRally will teach you how to approach your portfolio project, how to keep up the motivation, and what to do when you feel stuck in your job search.🔗 Connect with TechRally 📹 YouTube 🐦 Twitter 📸 Instagram 👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website ⏰ Timestamps How Alexander Lee decided to enroll into a coding bootcamp and become a developer (01:48) Bootcamps vs. traditional education (03:16) Are bootcamps a good path for people learning to code and breaking into tech? Is there a difference between bootcamps in 2015 and bootcamps today? (05:02) The best advice for aspiring developers (07:59) What should you do if you think you're doing everything right but you still don't hear back after you apply for jobs? (09:39) Ad break! Have you listened to our interview with Madison Kanna? Plus: You can leave a review of our podcast and make the producer smile. Next Tuesday: Sylvia Favello, who started learning to code because she was bored after surgery! Your developer portfolio and resume should be the best at the start of your career (16:31) How many projects should you have in your developer portfolio? (18:31) How Alexander landed a job at Amazon (19:19) Why do there seem to be fewer recruiters reaching out at the moment? (21:28) What is the current state of the tech job market, and is there enough work for juniors?  (22:42) Should you worry about seasonal trends in the job market? (25:24) What are the aspects of the hiring process that a junior developer can control? (26:43) Job hunting vs. Tinder (30:46) What kind of projects should you have in your portfolio? (33:14) One solid project kills two birds with one stone (34:34) How to stay motivated while building bigger projects (36:26) Quick-fire questions: coffee, front-end frameworks, and Korean food! (41:13) 🧰 Resources Mentioned TechRally Youtube Channel Scrimba Podcast: Homeschooler, College Dropout, Developer and Master Networker: Crush Your Career with Madison Kanna Scrimba's Discord server! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/6/202243 minutes, 49 seconds
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Code Like Nobody Is Watching: On Community, Learning, and Finding the Right Culture Fit, With Scrimba Student James

🎙 About the episodeMeet James Marriott 🇬🇧! He's a software developer and a career changer who previously worked in education, project management, and communications. He devoted himself to learning to code during a lockdown because he likes making things! In this episode, you'll hear how he found a way to get more comfortable coding in front of interviewers by streaming on YouTube, avoided emails to stay motivated, and ultimately landed a job at a company that perfectly fits his personality. James also talks about impostor syndrome, the importance of finding a community, and how being open about not knowing something can benefit you in the long run. He and Alex also discuss whether coding skills alone are enough to land you your first job and whether your previous work experience is relevant when you're breaking into tech.🔗 Connect with James👨‍💼 LinkedIn⏰ Timestamps How James decided to become a developer after decades of waiting (02:31) How did James learn to code? (04:18) How does one go from hobbyist to professional? Plus, the true value of Scrimba (05:26) How James connected to other coders in the community (07:06) The difficulty of changing careers later in life (09:30) Ad break! Have you listened to our interview with Quincy Larson? How to support us and who's on next week (10:29) Changing careers in your 40s: advantage or disadvantage? (13:30) What do you have in your 40s that you don't have in your 20s? (16:06) Where does motivation come from? (17:03) How James approached finding his first developer job (18:40) James set up an email filter so that he couldn't see rejections! (19:32) Focusing on the things you can control (20:32) James was interviewed by three companies - here's how it went down (21:25) What James learned from his first interview and how he battled his fear of live coding by... streaming on YouTube! (23:40) Why should you learn how to explain your code to other people (27:16) On imposter syndrome (29:10) How James ended up in a company that aligns with his values (31:08) Slow burning motivation, humility, and finding a good fit (34:19) James' interview process and why you shouldn't lie on your resume (36:59) James' technical task and being transparent (42:37) Salaries, how to do them differently, and why a higher salary isn't always a good thing (47:19) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Scrimba Podcast: Quincy Larson: Why Learning To Code as an Adult Might Be Easier Than You Think  Scrimba's blog! Our discord community ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
11/29/202253 minutes, 45 seconds
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How To Figure Out Your Strengths as a Career Changer, With Caitlyn Greffly

🎙 About the episodeMeet Caitlyn Greffly 🇺🇸! She's a career changer, developer career mentor, and the author of The Bootamper's Companion, a book of tips she wishes she had known when she was breaking into tech. In her past life, she was a psychologist working in beer. After changing careers at 31, Caitlyn is nowadays a full-stack software engineer with a passion for frontend.In her book, Caitlyn shares resources, advice, and approaches to help you stand out and find a job. In this interview, she does the same! You'll hear how she decided to become a developer and chose a path to get there. You'll learn why you shouldn't be intimidated by your more experienced colleagues, and why struggling is essential. Caitlyn and Alex also discuss how employers can help juniors grow and how new developers can figure out if an employer is right for them. 🔗 Connect with Caitlyn 👩‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐  Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Caitlyn ended up in programming after studying psychology and working in beer (01:37) Becoming a coder as a woman in a male-dominated industry (03:03) Did Caitlyn have any exposure to coding before attending a bootcamp? (04:39) How Caitlyn knew she was ready for a career change (05:59) The bootcamp landscape in 2019 and why Caitlyn chose that instead of a self-directed route (08:35) How Caitlyn found a bootcamp that worked for her life circumstances (10:06) Ad break: We had a bootcamp mentor on the show! (13:04) What Caitlyn found more challenging - coding itself or maintaining positivity and motivation (15:08) The importance of struggling and what to do when you struggle (18:17) Why you should time box (21:22) Caitlyn’s book, The Bootcamper’s Companion (21:54) How Caitlyn got her first developer job (25:02) On being front of mind and building a community (26:49) The thing that had the biggest impact on Caitlyn’s journey - how one tweet resulted in her hanging out with Scott Hanselman! (29:17) How to get yourself out there as a new developer… if you’re an introvert (32:46) Caitlyn’s experience interviewing (35:45) Are interview processes a necessary evil? (40:28) Don’t forget to interview the company! (42:42) Did Caitlyn feel like she was starting from scratch, changing careers at 31? (46:58) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Scrimba Podcast: Bootcamp Mentor Hussien Khayoon: Careers Come in Three Stages, and Here’s How To Navigate Them Scrimba Podcast: How to become a successful Junior Developer with Scott Hanselman from Microsoft Book: The Bootamper's Companion by Caitlyn Greffly Scrimba's Discord server! Thinkful ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
11/22/202250 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hired by Coca Cola! How Michael Learned Coding on Work Breaks and Changed Careers at 51

🎙 About the episodeMeet Michael Robards 🇺🇸! Michael is a career changer whose path to becoming a developer was a long and winding one: he was a business analyst and a personal trainer; he worked front of house and managed restaurants; he studied biology and worked in customer service. Eventually, he got a developer job at Coca-Cola!In this episode, Michael shares his story and his approach to learning and getting a job. He did a lot of things right, and he's also a proof that it's never too late for a carreer change. Michael and Alex also talk about imposter syndrome, difficulties of learning to code while having a full-time job, differences between big and small companies, and why having to keep on learning is a great thing about working in tech.🔗 Connect with Michael👨‍💼LinkedIn⏰ Timestamps Michael's long and winding path to becoming a developer (01:44) Why Michael thought becoming a software developer wasn't right for him (08:17) How Michael commited to learning to code - and did that on company time, at least at first (09:04) On learning to code while having a full-time job (11:56) How Coca-Cola helped Michael on his coding journey (12:45) Ad break: We had a lot of career changers on the podcast. Here's one of them! Plus how to support us, and who's on next week (it's Caitlyn Greffly)! Is there anything Michael would've done differently? (17:43) Why did it take four and a half years for Michael to get a software job at Coke? (20:31) What does it look like to be hired internally? (22:57) How to fight imposter syndrome? (25:12) What kind of a coworker does a junior developer need? (27:32) Why you should do things at your own pace and choose your employers wisely (28:35) Michael's career goals (31:01) Keep on learning! (31:47) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Some of the career changers we interviewed: Chris, Silvia, Theo, Wemerson Scrimba's Discord Community Grow with Google The Frontend Developer Career Path Codecademy Freecodecamp ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
11/15/202233 minutes, 48 seconds
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Homeschooler, College Dropout, Developer and Master Networker: Crush Your Career with Madison Kanna

🎙 About the episodeMeet Madison Kanna 🇺🇸! She's a front-end developer and a creator of a coding book club. She's also a college dropout, a master networker, and a former homeschooler. In this episode, you'll learn about her fascinating journey and get a lot of good, actionable advice!Madison will teach you how to figure out what you are actually interested in and how to keep pursuing it. You'll learn about her journey to becoming a developer and how being homeschooled helped her in the early days of her coding career. Also in this episode: Why do companies want juniors with experience, and what did Madison do to go around it? Do you get any better at personal branding if you get a domain with your name at the age of nine? Why is it important to work on production code? How to stand out if you don't have a degree? Madison also shares how a single tweet turned being laid off into the best experience of her life! 🔗 Connect with Madison  👩🏼‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐  Website 🐦 Twitter 👩‍🚀 Github ⏰ Timestamps How Madison dropped out of college and decided to learn to code (01:28) Do you need a college degree? (02:50) What's it like being homeschooled, and did it help Madison teach herself development? (04:11) How to avoid burnout as you're learning to code? (06:20) How to tackle projects as a self-taught developer? (08:09) How to follow your curiosity? (11:48) What was Madison's goal? (14:07) When should you start applying for jobs? Also, MOMS! (15:37) Madison and her sister, Randall, both became developers. Were their parents an influence there? (18:40) Madison's approach to personal branding and history of blogging (21:26) How Madison created her first tech opportunity - and why it was an unpaid apprenticeship (24:25) Why do companies want juniors with experience (26:44) How to get the experience needed for your first tech job (28:28) Why you should work on production code (29:28) Should you go easy on yourself or keep grinding? (31:50) Recently, Madison got laid off! But one tweet changed everything. A.K.A. Here's why you need to build community (37:04) Should you interview even when you're happy at your job? (44:38) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Scrimba Podcast: From Doctor to Developer, with Jefferson Tang Scrimba Podcast: Becoming a Standout Developer with Randall Kanna Book: Deep Work by Cal Newport Blog post: Why I'm Glad I Grew Up Playing Neopets ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
11/8/202249 minutes, 1 second
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From Growing Up as a Coder to an Internship at Microsoft, with Scrimba Student Rían Errity

🎙 About the episodeMeet Rían Errity 🇮🇪! He's a Scrimba student who started learning to code as a child. Today, he studies Computer Science and Language, a study program that marries his interest in linguistics with his passion for computing. He has also recently completed an internship with Microsoft!In this interview, Rían talks about his love for computers, growing up with Linux, how he ended up choosing his study program (hint: there was YouTube involved), and whether he actually needs a CS degree. Alex and Rían discuss what self-taught developers might be missing out on compared to developers who are learning to code at a university and what universities could learn from bootcamps and online platforms like Scrimba. You'll also hear all about Rían's internship at Microsoft and learn about his journey from Dublin, where he was competing with 16.000 candidates, to former Skype offices in Tallinn, Estonia! This episode is jam-packed with actionable advice, but it also brings you an exciting story brimming with enthusiasm! 🔗 Connect with Rían  👨‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐  Website 👨‍🚀 Github 🤖 Rían#6500 at the Scrimba Discord ⏰Timestamps How Rían became a programmer: it started with growing up with Linux (02:00) What is CoderDojo (02:45) Why programming appealed to Rían as a child (04:01) On Lubuntu and Minecraft (05:42) How Rían chose his study program (by watching Tom Scott) (06:26) Computer Science and Language (08:37) Do universities give you more in-depth knowledge? (12:34) Teaching children how to code as another way of learning (14:17) Ad break: If you like the show - share it! And mention Alex on Twitter. Next week, it's Madison Kanna! We already interviewed her older sister (and the link for that episode is below, under Resources). What are self-taught developers missing out on compared to the ones coming out of a university? Do self-taught developers have a hidden advantage? (16:58) How do you test programming at a university? (20:11) Has math been important to Rían as a developer? (21:54) How Rían got an internship at Microsoft (23:42) Are Microsoft internships attainable to self-taught developers? (26:38) How Rían had to compete with 16.000 people and eventually ended up at the old Skype headquarters in Estonia (28:58) Does Microsoft care about technical skills or culture fit? (32:48) Rían's interview process for a Microsoft internship (35:24) What is the difference between coding and programming? (37:37) How Rían thought the offer from Microsoft was a spam email (38:40) More on Microsoft's interviews (39:49) What does being an intern at Microsoft look like? (41:17) Rían's advice to anybody who's just starting to learn how to code (45:18) Easy apply! (46:40) 🧰 Resources Mentioned CoderDojo Tom Scott and Computerphile on YouTube Scrimba Podcast: Becoming a Standout Developer with Randall Kanna Scrimba's Discord community  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
11/1/202247 minutes, 43 seconds
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How To Be Strategic About Your Learning and Career, With Mike Chen

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mike Chen 🇺🇸! Mike is a self-taught developer who worked at Yahoo, Google, and Airbnb, before becoming a CTO and co-founder of Motivo. Nowadays, he also helps other coders succeed. In this episode, you'll find out what it was like to work at Google and what are the pros and cons of working in a big tech company. You'll learn how to stand out as a new developer without a degree and why you should (not) idealize Silicon Valley.Ultimately, Mike will tell us why tech is cool (if you have a passion for it), as well as how we should go about putting in our work wisely and why it is worth it. He will also reveal what motivates him to teach and mentor other developers! 🔗 Connect with Mike 👨‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 👨‍🚀 Github ⏰ Timestamps How Mike went from studying biochemistry to becoming a developer and eventually worked at Google (01:45)  Paul Irish: Tools, not rules (04:19) Has the way big tech companies hire changed since Mike broke into the industry? (07:12) How were the front-end roles at Google structured back then? (08:36) Ad break: How to support us + Next week: Rian Errity, who's doing a lot of cool stuff (11:15) How big is Google's infrastructure, actually? (12:55) Mike's experience at Google and the benefits of working at a big tech company (14:22) Why working in big tech ultimately didn't work for Mike (16:01) Why do hiring managers like people with big companies on their resumes (17:15) You have to figure out what you want out of a tech job (20:15) The best way to demystify Silicon Valley is to be in Silicon Valley (21:41) Career advice for new developers: How can they stand out if they don't have a degree and haven't worked at Google? (23:09) Why you should have a demonstrable track record (26:35) Losing your passion is normal over time; here's what to do first (27:34) What did Mike have to give up on to learn to code and change careers? (30:09) In tech, it pays off to put in more work, but not any kind of work (31:59) What motivates Mike to help other developers (36:08)  🧰 Resources Mentioned Mock Junior Front End Web Developer Interview with Mike Chen and Silvia 8 essential career tips for new web developers Paul Irish's blog ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
10/25/202239 minutes, 20 seconds
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How This Junior Developer Tripled Their Salary Within One Year of Getting Hired

🎙 About the episodeMeet Vikas Jyani 🇮🇳! He studied fine arts before discovering coding and realizing that web development is what can combine his eye for design and interest in tech. In this episode, you'll hear about Vikas's approach to learning and job hunting and why he thinks remote work might still not be optimal for a junior. He talks about life-changing advice he got from a senior developer when he saw Vikas was burning out, recognizing red flags in job offers, and, eventually, how he tripled his salary within a year from getting his first job! You will also learn more about India. Specifically, its job market and education, differences between big and small cities, and why a hybrid approach to work, combining remote work and going to an office, might not work there. 🔗 Connect with Vikas 👨🏽‍💼 Linkedin 🌐  Portfolio 🤖 Vick_Pro#6327 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps How Vikas started coding after studying fine art and also discovered Scrimba (01:37) Job opportunities vs. the population in India (05:00) How Vikas got out of tutorial hell (07:33) How Vikas decided to get into React (09:04) Ad break: We did an episode with Bob Ziroll! Next week, an episode with Mike Chen! Also: how you can support us if you like what we're doing. (10:34) Vikas's approach to applying for jobs (13:21) How positive feedback from a hiring manager who couldn't hire him helped Vikas keep going (14:31) Vikas even turned down an offer because he recognized shady practices! (16:15) How Vikas got a job offer when he thought he failed a trial assignment (17:27) A senior developer recognized Vikas was burning out and gave him life-changing advice (20:40)  As a junior, should you go for a remote or office job? (21:54) Would a hybrid approach to working work out in India? (26:16) How Vikas tripled his junior salary (27:18)  🧰 Resources Mentioned The Frontend Developer Career Path Scrimba's Discord Community Scrimba Podcast with Bob Ziroll ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
10/18/202229 minutes, 50 seconds
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Bootcamp Mentor Hussien Khayoon: Careers Come in Three Phases and Here’s How To Navigate Them

🎙 About the episodeMeet Hussien Khayoon 🇨🇦! Hussien is a Full-stack engineer with almost a decade of experience. Currently, he works as a Staff Software Engineer at Shopify. He is also a Bootcamp Mentor at Springboard, and, as you can guess, he's very passionate about helping new developers land on their feet. In this episode, Hussien will be your mentor.Hussien and Alex will help you feel confident and teach you a couple of things that can help you land your first coding job. They explain why is the interview process at big tech companies as complicated as it is and tell you what you do about it. Hussien shares his approach to both interviewing and being interviewed, as well as his take on bootcamps vs. universities. By the end of the show, you'll hopefully feel more inspired to learn to code, start applying for jobs, and navigate your new role - or at least figure out how to assess if you need to study more.🔗 Connect with Hussien 👨🏽‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 📹 Youtube ⏰ Timestamps How Hussien started coding - it wasn't without struggle (01:29) What's the difference between solving a math problem and a coding problem? (04:31) The problem with the way coding is taught at universities (06:02) Is there any prestige in getting a degree? (08:20) Programming is vast: do you have to know everything? (12:40) Elitism and gatekeeping in the coding community (15:48)  Is learning to code similar to learning a language? (17:38) Interview processes at big companies: why are they the way they are? (18:13) Does LeetCode make you a better developer? (22:36) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and learning to code (23:09) Are big tech companies doing interviews right? (24:55) Coding is just half the job (25:59) What a mentoring session is about (30:00) Companies are changing the way they hire + Hussien's approach to being interviewed (33:37) What do coding students need (35:49) Why do companies hire people who aren't perfect yet? (39:09) Your career has three stages (42:03) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Free report: 4 Tips to Get your FIRST Coding Job Faster Hussien's course: Get Your First Coding Job Scrimba Podcast: This Scrimba Student Battled Depression and Landed a Job at Amazon After 1000 LeetCode Challenges ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
10/11/202244 minutes, 7 seconds
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Consistent and Persistent: This Scrimba Student Battled Depression and Landed a Job at Amazon After 1000 LeetCode Challenges

🎙 About the episodeMeet Khaidem Sandip Singha 🇺🇸! He's a Scrimba student from Assam, India, who recently got a job at Amazon! 🎉 Originally, he studied civil engineering before realizing he was more interested in coding. In this episode, you'll hear how he learned to code, battled depression, and reverse-engineered a path to a FANG company.You will also learn about his approach to problem-solving and the benefits of practicing on LeetCode - not many students we interviewed did that, but Khaidem completed one thousand challenges! He also shares some details about Amazon's interview process and his approach to keeping up motivation. 🔗 Connect with Khaidem 👨‍💼 Linkedin 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🌐  LeetCode profile ⏰ Timestamps How Khaidem went from civil engineering to learning to code (01:41) Chasing coding certificates or mastering the basics - what is more important for landing your first developer job? (03:20) How Khaidem reverse-engineered the path to a FANG company (04:33) Should you do LeetCode (06:01) The importance of consistency and persistency (07:16) Why Khaidem focused on LeetCode (08:34) Try different frameworks, but then specialize (12:09) Khaidem's approach to problem-solving (13:57) How Khaidem started his job search while suffering from depression (17:47) Khaidem's first jobs and how he knew he was overqualified (21:41) How Khaidem discovered Scrimba around Javascriptmas 2020 (23:15) Why Khaidem benefited from the Scrimba community (24:15) How Khaidem applied for Amazon (25:15) Amazon's interview process (27:18) How Khaidem got an offer, and why it's important to keep up motivation (30:03) Why you shouldn't give up (31:42) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Udacity Intro to Programming Nanodegree Bob Ziroll's React courses LeetCode Scrimba Podcast: A Teacher's Job Is Never Done: Get Your Hands on the Keyboard with Bob Ziroll Scrimba Podcast: Talent Alone Is Not Enough: How Theo Changed Careers at 49  Scrimba Discord community ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
10/4/202232 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Teacher's Job Is Never Done: Get Your Hands on the Keyboard with Bob Ziroll

🎙 About the episodeMeet Bob Ziroll 🇺🇸! Bob is Scrimba's Head of Education and one of the Internet's favorite React teachers. In a past life, Bob worked in marketing before enrolling into a bootcamp, where he eventually became a teacher and Director of Education. In this podcast, you'll learn about his coding story and teaching philosophy, but also about the early days of Scrimba!Bob and Alex discuss career change, Sunday scaries, and finding the right learning path for you. You'll find out how much work goes into creating a quality coding course, what's the difference between courses and YouTube videos, and why it's sometimes better to learn things more slowly. Bob also talks about how he pushed the limits of the Scrimba platform, how it perfectly lent itself to a successful approach to pedagogy, and shares a wealth of good advice for everybody currently learning to code. 🔗 Connect with Bob 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Bob went from coding, to advertising, to coding again (via V School)(01:56) Why Bob got interested in advertising, and ended up with Sunday scaries (04:43) How Bob realized he was interested in teaching and making a bootcamp better (07:12) Is there a selfish aspect to teaching? (09:13) What does it take to make a Scrimba course? And how is the approach different when compared to YouTube? (11:51) How Bob discovered Scrimba and ended up recording his first Scrimba course (13:19) Bob's first React course gained traction... How did he look at the stats? (16:27) React is always evolving and a teacher's job is never done: Bob made more courses and here's in what order to watch them (19:54) What happens if you release a course and something immediately changes? (21:10) Pushing the limits of Scrimba's platform and Bob's approach to pedagogy (23:02) The importance of practice when learning to code (and otherwise) (25:16) Do not cram! (26:53) There's no reason to drink from a firehose (29:19) Making a students' knowledge sharp, vs broad (32:32) Quick-fire questions: lofi beats, electric cars, how not to disappoint Cassidy Williams (34:55) Remix meetup (38:33) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Bob's courses on Scrimba Lofi beats on Spotify Centered app Learn and Understand Node JS by Antony Alicea Scrimba Podcast - Quincy Larson: Why Learning To Code as an Adult Might Be Easier Than You Think Scrimba Podcast - Ace the job interview with Cassidy Williams Scrimba Podcast - Be a Librarian, Not an Encyclopedia of Code: How To Learn (and Teach) Better, With Guil Hernandez Scrimba Podcast - Intentional career building with Kent C. Dodds Bob's Remix meetup lightning talk ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
9/27/202240 minutes, 43 seconds
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How Pastor-Turned-Developer Chris Crushed It on LinkedIn and Landed an Internship... and a Job

🎙 About the episodeMeet Chris McCoy 🇺🇸! He's a pastor who did odd jobs on the side. But he was always interested in coding! Somewhere between working retail and doing food delivery, he realized he needed something more stimulating. Nine months later, he landed not one but two job offers as a junior developer!Chris CRUSHED it on LinkedIn, even though he never liked social media: in this episode, he shares his approach to posting and being actively present on the platform. You can use it both to learn and to connect with people working in the industry, and that's exactly what Chris did. Spoiler alert: it doesn't have to be complicated.You'll also learn more about internships: Chris landed one, which turned out to be pretty cool! What do companies look for in an intern? Should you become one,  and how? He also shares how he approached learning to code and found a balance between learning and work. Chris and Alex also discuss what you can learn from odd jobs.Sadly, you won't learn the recipe for Chick-fil-A. But it does make an appearance in this episode :)🔗 Connect with Chris👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin⏰ Timestamps How Chris decided to become a developer (01:51) Can you still learn something from odd jobs that have nothing to do with coding? (03:19) How Chris chose to learn to code and found support in his community (04:35) Balancing work, learning, and being a pastor: how Chris did it (06:28) How Chris discovered Scrimba (09:16) It's okay not to know everything about development (12:08) Why you need real-world examples when learning a new skill (12:57) Did Chris complete Scrimba's Career Path or get a job before he managed to? (14:14) When and how did Chris start applying for jobs? (16:31) How Chris created a LinkedIn profile and started crushing it (17:31) How to be genuinely present on LinkedIn and use the platform to connect (18:33) Chris's approach to writing LinkedIn posts (21:36) How adding Scrimba to his education connected Chris to a recruiter (21:51) Can an internship be... good? (24:41) What does a company expect from an intern, and what did Chris do about it (27:05) Working with other interns and the higher-ups (30:02) How Chris compared to the other interns in his group (32:38) How Chris's internship turned into a job (34:33) In the end, Chris had not one but two job offers! How did he pick one? (36:17) The hard work paid off (37:49) 🧰 Resources MentionedThe Frontend Developer Career Path⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
9/20/202239 minutes, 50 seconds
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Quincy Larson: Why Learning To Code as an Adult Might Be Easier Than You Think

🎙 About the episodeMeet Quincy Larson 🇺🇸! Quincy is the founder of freeCodeCamp, a nonprofit company that makes coding accessible for all. He is a self-taught developer who learned to code when he was 31. Why did he learn to code? Because he wanted to make a school he was a director of more efficient. So... We have a career changer!So, how does a teacher teach himself to code? And how does he teach others? In this episode, Alex asks hard questions, and Quincy answers all of them, sharing valuable insights on how adults learn, how important are your intrinsic capabilities, and why learning a new skill after the age of 25 might be easier than you think. You will also learn about the hacker ethic, how you can overcome your limitations, and why software developers need to be humble.🔗 Connect with Quincy 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Quincy Larson started coding at the age of 31... as a school director (01:55) Why you should hang out with other developers (03:52) What is the hacker ethic? (04:51) Why do software developers need to be humble? (07:07) Quincy learning to code before freeCodeCamp. What was that like? (08:16) How does a teacher learn? (11:09) The key learning technique for people over 25 (11:56) The elusive nature of learning to code (15:41) How does an adult brain learn, and why might kinesthetic learning be the best way? (17:29) Can an old dog learn new tricks? (18:57) Learning with analogies and associations + why you shouldn't drink (21:47) Quincy is a master learner... But what if you're not? (24:49) Can anyone learn to code and become a successful developer? (27:35) Are aptitudes important? (28:24) Overcoming your limitations (32:16) How does Quincy feel about the success of freeCodeCamp? (34:44) 🧰 Resources Mentioned freeCodeCamp Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution, book by Steven Levy ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
9/13/202237 minutes, 41 seconds
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Drumroll, Please: Make Your Portfolio Projects Fun and Prepare for the Following Questions

🎙 About the episodeMeet Stevie Gill 🇬🇧! Stevie was a scientist, a medical writer and an editor, and then he wrote about video games. Eventually, he moved countries and changed careers. Nowadays, Stevie lives in Toronto, Canada, and works as a full-time front-end developer at Kijiji.  In this episode, he shares his story and everything he learned along the way that can help you land your first developer job!You'll hear how Stevie learned to code, how he prepared for the interviews, and that LinkedIn can be useful even if you only have a handful of connections. He reveals how he took a generic portfolio project and made it his own - and why you should do the same. Stevie and Alex discuss Stevie's interview process in depth (be warned: there are some witty HR people out there) and also answer the question of whether you should be dreading the gaps on your resume.🔗 Connect with Stevie 👨🏼‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Blog 🌐  Portfolio 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps Stevie's journey into coding (02:01) How moving countries helped Stevie switch careers... and discover Scrimba in the process (05:27) Is LinkedIn that important, and how can you stack the deck in your favor (07:56) A hiring manager discovered Stevie's LinkedIn. How? (13:40) Can you have seven years of React experience and still be a junior? (15:39) Are there any hidden perks of generic messages from recruiters? (16:44) What do recruiters want to know when they're getting to know you as a candidate? (18:40) Taylor Desseyn on how to spot a good recruiter on LinkedIn (19:48) How to deal with a gap on your resume when you're changing careers (20:51) How to stand out from other job candidates (23:14) Stevie's four job interviews: deep dive (24:19) Fun HR questions in a soft skills interview: how to answer them and why are they there (24:30) How to prepare for a tech interview + how Stevie impressed an interviewer (27:59) Stevie's final interview, and how he made an app that became a major talking point (33:56) How to make a fun portfolio project and impress your interviewers (35:40) Don't do this! (39:02) How Stevie got a job offer... with a drumroll! (39:41)  🧰 Resources Mentioned FreeCodeCamp The Frontend Developer Career Path Stevie's RetroFix app Scrimba Podcast: How To Work With Recruiters According to Senior Recruiter Taylor Desseyn ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
9/6/202244 minutes, 39 seconds
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Understanding Corporate Hierarchy (and Perfecting Your Resume), With Tiffany Jachja

🎙 About the episodeMeet Tiffany Jachja 🇺🇸! Tiffany is a data scientist, career coach, engineering manager, and Twitch streamer! By day, she works at Vox Media. In her free time, she helps fellow developers by sharing career advice and her computer and data science knowledge. In this episode, Tiffany helps you understand a company's organizational structure so that you can come to your job interview prepared!Alex and Tiffany also talk about resumes: what is their function, and is there such a thing as an ideal resume? You'll also learn the main differences between studying computer science and taking a bootcamp, how to approach the job-hunting tips you find online, how to know if you're ready to apply for your first developer job, and why inspiration matters. Tiffany also shares her favorite online coder communities and job boards!🔗 Connect with Tiffany 👩🏻‍💼 Linkedin 📹 Twitch 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website ⏰ Timestamps How Tiffany got interested in coding thanks to Neopets (02:07) What's the main difference between studying computer science and taking a coding bootcamp? (04:10) The importance of trying stuff out (05:36) What drew Tiffany into management... and data science (08:40) What does Tiffany's typical day at Vox look like? (09:52) Understanding company hierarchy for new developers (10:56) Project management vs. people management (16:00) What should a new developer look for in their engineering manager? (18:37) How does Tiffany choose between a stronger technical fit and a stronger culture fit when hiring? (22:42) Should you meet 100% of the requirements when applying for your first junior role? (27:41) How to build up the confidence needed for career advancement (29:09) How does Tiffany get out of her comfort zone? (32:31) How Tiffany became a career coach (33:26) What should a good resume do? (36:46) Why are resumes so difficult to get right? (37:14) Attaching numbers to your contributions on a resume: how to do it, and why? (40:48) How to approach online advice on job-hunting, so you don't lose your mind (45:38)   Tiffany's advice for a new developer entering the job market (46:59) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Video: From Student to Senior: Career Development 101 Danny Thompson's Commit Your Code community RemoteJobHunters on Reddit ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
8/30/202250 minutes, 16 seconds
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Don’t Compare Yourself to Other New Developers: Scrimba Student Silvia on Changing Careers

🎙 About the episodeMeet Silvia Piovesan 🇮🇹! Silvia is a Scrimba student who recently got for job offers after four different interviews. But her success didn't come overnight! Silvia used to be a project manager in the pharmaceutical industry - where she first got interested in coding. After she got laid off (and became a mom!), she wanted to learn to code so that she could become a knowledgeable project manager in IT... before realizing that she actually wanted to code!In this episode, Silvia reveals what's the similarities between learning to code and hiking Camino de Santiago, as well as her approach to learning and finding a job as a new developer. You'll find out how to utilize your soft skills, what to do if you don't know the answer to a question on a technical interview, and what to do during your first week on the job. Alex and Silvia also discuss goal setting, and why it's not a good idea to give your 100% every day. 🔗 Connect with Silvia 👩🏻‍💼 Linkedin 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 👩‍🚀 Github ⏰ Timestamps Silvia's journey from pharmaceuticals to tech (01:11) How Silvia knew a lot about the inner workings of a company but wanted to pursue specialization (03:27) Did Silvia's professional skills from her previous career help her when she became a developer?  (06:06) Silvia's approach to learning to code (09:07) Silvia only learned to code so that she can become a better project manager. What happened next? (10:29) What knowledge did Silvia lack after a bootcamp? How did she discover Scrimba? (14:25) Key takeaways from Silvia's approach (16:41) On setting realistic goals (19:56) How Silvia knew it was time to start applying for jobs and how long it took to get there (21:08) On comparing yourself to other people learning to code (23:39) Did Silvia have doubts about whether or not she would make it? (26:41) Silvia's approach to finding her first developer job (plus: do you need to have a portfolio?) (28:21) Let's talk numbers: how many applications, how many interviews, how many offers? (31:59) How to stand out in a job interview (33:34) Silvia's job interview process (36:10) The most important thing you should know if you're interviewing for jobs (28:52) Where does Silvia work now? (40:49) Silvia's first pull request, and how long does it take to code a button? (42:13) What should you do during your first week on the job? (44:24) 🧰 Resources mentioned Scrimba's Frontend Career Path Learn React for Free Scrimba's Discord community Mock Junior Front End Web Developer Interview with Mike Chen and Silvia ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
8/23/202246 minutes, 45 seconds
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How To Learn To Code From the Free Content on YouTube, With Jessica Chan

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jess Chan 🇺🇸! Jess's YouTube channel, Coder Coder, has almost 400,000 subscribers at the time of recording. She's a web developer turned educator, and when she's not teaching her subscribers JavaScript and CSS, she's working on her first course. This episode is about learning, YouTube, and learning on YouTube!In this show, you'll learn how to evaluate a course and quickly decide if you can trust a YouTube tutorial. Jess and Alex talk about how YouTube evolved over the years and why it might be an underrated place to meet other developers. You'll hear about Jess's long and meandering road to coding and learn why it's okay if you don't become a full-time developer in just three months. Finally, Jess will reveal, once and for all, what's the best camera for YouTubers.  🔗 Connect with Jess 📹 YouTube 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 📸 Instagram ⏰ Timestamps On Coder Coder, and why Jess loves web development (and enjoys teaching it) (01:33) Why you should remember what's it like to be a beginner at something before teaching it (03:33) Can you teach problem-solving on YouTube? (04:55) How Jess went from Pre-Med to photography to becoming a developer and, finally, an educator (06:24) Why it's okay if you don't become a full-time developer in three months (07:51) On becoming a developer in the era before bootcamps (09:33) Can you judge the current state of the industry from YouTube comments? (12:41) How would Jess approach cracking her first coding interview today? (13:22) Why you should look for other people's job interview experiences on YouTube and how the YouTube landscape has changed over the years (14:33) On Jess's YouTube content, the barrier to entry, and the democratization of educational content (16:51) Should new developers make their own YouTube channels? Can you learn soft skills on YouTube? (19:20) Hard skills vs. soft skills - what's more important when it comes to getting your first junior dev job? (21:04) They say you should "be so good they can't ignore you." What does this mean? (22:51) There are a lot of content creators on YouTube. How can you know who to trust? (24:51) Jess's new course on responsive web design, and can you learn without a mentor (30:21) Can you combine resources while learning? (33:25) Quick-fire questions: mechanical keyboards, music for coding, best social networks for developers, and best cameras for YouTube 🧰 Resources mentioned Jessica's YouTube channel: Coder Coder Jessica's new responsive web development course Book: Cracking the Coding Interview ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
8/16/202238 minutes, 30 seconds
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Talent Alone Is Not Enough: How Theo Changed Careers at 49 and Landed a Paid Web Dev Apprenticeship

🎙 About the episodeMeet Theo Ntogiakos 🇬🇧! Theo has just switched careers at the age of 49! Recently, he landed a paid apprenticeship and is currently attending a coding bootcamp. But before that, he learned on Scrimba - he joined a coding challenge in February and became an active member of our community. Although he always did something with computers, he used to think he could never become a front-end developer. Well, he was wrong! And that's why he's here.In this episode, Theo shares details about a path that led him here, as well as his approach to learning. You'll find out what's it like to attend a bootcamp and how it compares to Scrimba's learning platform, as well as what kinds of opportunities to keep an eye out for if you're a new developer and live in the UK. Theo also talks about motivation, self-doubt, and whether he could've shifted gears earlier. He and Alex also discuss the importance of wanting to become a developer for the right reasons.🔗 Connect with Theo👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn⏰ Timestamps Theo's journey into web development (it's a long and winding path!) (01:33) Theo's coding background (it includes Pascal!) (02:48) Why Theo wanted to change careers (05:29) On self-doubt (06:13) Was it challenging to change careers later in life? Plus, the perks of a coding apprenticeship (06:41) How Theo landed a paid apprenticeship after only six months of learning to code... and discovered Scrimba along the way (08:42) Scrimba's coding challenges (11:02) UK developer bootcamps (11:56) How to get an apprenticeship as a web developer in the United Kingdom (14:27) Is salary enough of a reason for a career change? (19:23) What do employers want to see in a candidate? (21:33) Slow and steady wins the race (25:17) How does Scrimba compare to a boot camp? (27:49) If you're a self-taught developer, do this! (29:10) Theo's deep dive into Scrimba (30:51) Let's talk pricing: how much does Scrimba cost compared to a coding bootcamp? And what are the differences between the two? (32:18) 🧰 Resources Mentioned YT Video: Where to Find Developer Job Openings When You Have No Experience The Front-End Career Path ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
8/9/202238 minutes, 21 seconds
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What Are Company Values… and Why You Should Know Your Own, with Dave Mayer

🎙 About the episodeMeet Dave Mayer 🇺🇸! Dave is a founder and CEO of Technical Integrity, a boutique recruiting firm famous for its culture-first approach. TI has worked with big companies like Twitter, as well as many mid-size startups. In this episode, you'll get a glimpse into the other side of recruiting. Dave explains his culture-first approach and why it benefits both you and the employer. You'll learn why it's important to know your values and how to make sure you find a company that aligns with them. Dave explains why you shouldn't feel desperate if you don't get a job in a company that was your first choice and how to probe into a company's values without sounding disrespectful. From the recruiter side, Dave reveals how looking for a culture fit can backfire and why it's much better to look for a "culture add."Dave and Alex also talk about recessions (Dave has lived and worked through three of them already!) and how to stay focused on what's truly important.  🔗 Connect with Dave 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn ⏰ Timestamps Dave's path as a recruiter: from a traditional approach to focusing on finding a long-term fit between a developer and a company (01:44) What is company culture, and what makes someone a good fit? (03:19) Should you share your company's values? (06:15) Find your own values first (07:24) How can you verify that a company truly embodies what they claim to be their values? (12:10) Ask your interviewer: What does success in your company look like? (16:45) The importance of technical vs soft skills (18:12) Don't care who's hiring, find out where you belong (20:08) Why integrity matters (23:39) Challenges of recruiting, and the difference between the quantity-first and quality-first approach (25:53) Advice for developers who are thinking about approaching recruiters (30:01) We're in a recession. Now what? (33:14) 🧰 Resources Mentioned Blog post: The Best Engineering Team Values Statement We've Ever Seen Simon Sinek's "Start With Why" Ted talk ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
8/2/202237 minutes, 44 seconds
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Take a Chance, Even If Things Sound Weird and You Don't Feel Ready: How Wemerson Learned to Code and Landed a Dream Job in a Web3 Startup

🎙 About the episodeMeet Wemerson Queiroz 🇧🇷! Wemerson never thought he was going to become a developer. He started studying computer science, dropped out, and spent ten years working in sales because he wanted to earn money immediately. Ten years later, he realized he was unhappy (after all, money is not everything), learned to code, and got his first developer job in no time!What got him back into IT was Blockchain, so he first started learning Solidity before realizing he should first learn the basics. Shortly after, those basics got him a job at a startup working with Blockchain technology! In this episode, you'll learn how far HTML, CSS, and Javascript can get you and how important it is to follow your passion. You'll also hear about Wemerson's unusual interview process and why taking a chance can sometimes pay off.🔗 Connect with Wemerson 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Wemerson's journey into tech (02:44) How important is money? (05:13) How Wemerson decided to leave his previous career behind and learn to code (06:45) On diving head-first into Blockchain and Solidity... and then going back to basics (08:29) How Wemerson landed his first developer job after only three months of learning to code (09:47) Why junior developers should look for work opportunities as soon as they can (11:00) On motivation, passion, and learning (14:29) Why context matters in problem-solving (15:43) About the Web3 startup excal.tv, where Wemerson got his first developer job (18:18) What's it like working at a startup as a junior developer? (20:50) How Wemerson landed this opportunity? (25:18) Was Emerson put off by an unorthodox interview process? (26:59) Wemerson's plans for the future (27:56) 🧰 Resources mentioned The Frontend Developer Career Path Learn React for free! ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
7/26/202230 minutes, 24 seconds
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How to Create a Web Dev Portfolio That Both HR and Other Developers Will Love, with Josh Comeau

🎙 About the episodeMeet Josh W. Comeau 🇨🇦! Josh is a developer, indie hacker, educator, and author. He worked in some companies you might have heard of (including, but not limited to, DigitalOcean, Gatsby, and Khan Academy). He also wrote a book on how to build an effective web dev portfolio. In this episode, we're answering that and many other questions! Spoiler alert: all the advice is actionable.You'll learn why you need to have a portfolio, how to make one, and is there a formula that works. Josh will teach you how to steal a design for your portfolio website and not get caught and how to develop an eye for design in the long run. Plus: why everybody needs junior developers and how to create an exciting portfolio project even if you don't have any niche interests to base them on. Josh and Alex also discuss handy tools you can use, writing cover letters, and hiring biases in the industry. 🔗 Connect with Josh 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Blog + Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Josh's trajectory from development to education (01:09) Why Josh wrote a book on web developer portfolios (02:12) Don't put skill bars on your website! What do they even mean?! (04:40) Who should you cater your portfolio to, and how to do it? There are two main target audiences. (06:16) How does a portfolio compare to a LinkedIn profile or a resume? (10:53) Why everybody needs to hire juniors (12:41) Can you get away with not having a portfolio? (14:40) What to do if you're a developer but not good at design? (16:00) Why minimal design could be better (21:53) Can you use a template? (23:45) What should you put on your portfolio website (25:46) How to present your projects (29:49) How to choose your projects... and write about them (31:10) How to write a good cover letter (34:58) How to approach looking for a job (39:07) Hiring biases in the industry (40:56) 🧰 Resources mentioned Josh's book, Building an Effective Dev Portfolio (it's FREE!) xScope PixelSnap Fontpair ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
7/19/202244 minutes, 18 seconds
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Interview Your Interviewers and Find Somebody Who Believes in Your Skills: How Jonathan Became a Developer in Three Months

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jonathan Gauthier 🇨🇦! Jonathan volunteered when the company where he worked needed somebody to figure out how to turn a Figma design into a website. The rest is history.After quitting that job, Jonathan gave himself three months to properly learn front-end development and get his first developer job. And he succeeded! In this interview, he shares how. Yes, Jonathan was pulling long hours, but there's more to it!Jonathan talks about his way of learning and why knowing how to approach a problem is better than knowing the exact method of solving it. You'll also learn why it's good to find a mentor - and how to find one! Lastly, Jonathan shares his approach to looking for a job online and why it's important to interview your interviewer. Believe it or not, the latter can make or break your interview process!   🔗 Connect with Jonathan 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter 🤖 Pancarte#2314 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Jonathan's journey into coding by way of learning to translate designs in Figma into a website + his introduction to Scrimba (01:59) How Jonathan quit his job and had only three months to learn to code and get a job in front-end (04:14) What's manual QA, and was that a helpful background to a new developer? (05:41) Learn the approach, not the method (06:29) How Jonathan decided to switch careers(07:27) Why you should apply when others think you're ready (08:53) Jonathan's study plan (10:21) How can you study both properly and fast? (11:41) The importance of taking breaks (14:10) How Jonathan found a mentor and why are mentors important (15:10) Jonathan's approach to finding his first developer job: LinkedIn, Angel.co, and messaging recruiters directly (17:43) How to optimize your LinkedIn profile (19:16) Jonathan's interview process (21:22) How to interview your interviewers and why that gives you an advantage (22:15) What skills should a junior developer have? (24:44) How Jonathan got his job offer (27:13) Jonathan's new company + Do you have to know Agile? (28:21) How to ask questions as a junior (29:38) Closing advice: don't stress about feeling ready; remember to take breaks, and come up with personal projects! (31:18) On notetaking (32:12) 🧰 Resources mentioned Jonathan's LinkedIn profile The Frontend Developer Career Path HTML and CSS crash course with Kevin Powell ProgrammingBuddies() on Reddit No Whiteboard Angel.co ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
7/12/202233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Nadia Zhuk: Anybody Can Code, and Your Background Doesn't Define You

🎙 About the episodeMeet Nadia Zhuk 🇧🇾! Nadia made a switch to coding from journalism at the age of 25. That decision has got her moving countries not once but twice! Nowadays, she lives in London, works at Intercom, and helps aspiring developers. She's also written a book, Crossing the Rubycon, filled with practical advice and insider tips on learning to code and building a programming career.In this episode, Nadia shares her story and many things she's learned along the way! You'll get to know what's it like to learn to code without a technical background, how to manage your mindset and mental health during the process, and what's Nadia's take on choosing your first programming language. Nadia and Alex also discuss common stereotypes about programming,  gatekeeping within the industry, and what are the critical but often overlooked factors in choosing what to learn. 🔗 Connect with Nadia 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Dev.to 🐦 Twitter 📹 YouTube ⏰ Timestamps Nadia's journey into coding and move to Poland (01:41) Can you learn to code with no computer education whatsoever? (06:48) Why Nadia chose the self-taught route (08:16) How and why Nadia chose to learn Ruby (11:17) What influences your choice of a programming language (13:33) How to choose your first coding language if you're not technical (14:43) What to do (and what not to do) if you're learning to code on your own (17:03) Is coding creative? (23:17) The biggest stereotypes about being a programmer... and why they're wrong Can anyone learn to code? (28:26) Gatekeeping in the industry - and gatekeeping that's self-imposed (29:50) Quick-fire questions: favorite programming language, JavaScript, frameworks, chatbots, caffeinated beverages, London, and cats! (32:54) 🧰 Resources mentioned Nadia's book, Crossing the Rubycon: How to Learn to Code and Build a Programming Career Women Who Code ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
7/5/202235 minutes, 38 seconds
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Do the Projects You Find Fun and Take Time To Process Rejection: Actor-Turned-Developer Ollie Church

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ollie Church 🇬🇧! Ollie started out as an actor. He took up coding as a hobby during a lockdown and made a puzzle game partially inspired by an escape room where he worked at the time. Now he works in fintech!This episode is about lockdowns, hobbies, motivation, and having fun. Ollie talks about his career change and approach to goal-setting. He also shares advice on choosing portfolio projects, as well as dealing with rejection - something that actors are maybe even more familiar with than new developers.You'll find out how an online game he made for fun brought Ollie some income even before he landed his firs junior developer role, and what it's like to accidentally be interviewed for a senior role when you're applying for a junior position. Spoiler: Ollie did get the job in the end!You'll also get an inside scoop on working as an actor, and how the pandemic has impacted the world of performing arts and in-person experiences.🔗 Connect with Ollie 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🎥 Acting reel ⏰ Timestamps What is's like being an actor (01:59) Theater, in-person experiences, and performing arts during the COVID-19 pandemic (03:18) How Ollie took up coding (07:55) Front-end development as a hobby (09:34) How Ollie and his partner created their first online puzzle game (11:43) How to make learning to code playful, and how to choose portfolio projects (14:17) Ollie's puzzle game became a work project! Here's how that happened. (17:13) Should you apply before you're ready? How Ollie navigated changing careers and defined his goals and deadlines (20:53) Ollie's job hunt stats (25:51) An interview process from hell (16:15) How Ollie got his current job - it started with a rejection (30:13) How to deal with rejection and when is the common advice about it actually useful (31:03) The interview that got Ollie his current job... and how it went wrong (33:30) First months on the job and imposter syndrome (38:33) Ollie's closing advice for new developers: do the projects you think are fun and focus on showing up. It's a marathon, not a sprint! 🧰 Resources mentioned The Frontend Developer Career Path "Happy", by Derren Brown ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/28/202243 minutes, 5 seconds
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Be a Librarian, Not an Encyclopedia of Code: How To Learn (and Teach) Better, With Guil Hernandez

🎙 About the episodeMeet Guil Hernandez 🇺🇸! You've heard of a learning curve, but what about the forgetting curve? Don't worry, Guil can help you not get overwhelmed. He is a developer and educator with over 15 years of experience in tech, and in this episode, he teaches you how to get better at learning. Guil and Alex also talk about Scrimba Bootcamp, a brand new study program that Guil has been working on. Guil has developed over one hundred coding courses and workshops and comes from a teaching environment, so he also answers the dreaded question of what makes a good teacher. You'll also learn different learning techniques that might work for you, what's the Ebbinghaus' forgetting curve, and what it was like to make stuff for the web back in the early days of Web 2.0. Alex and Guil also discuss scopes, structure, and the importance of storytelling in teaching, as well as why you won't vibe with every YouTube tutorial out there... but you might still want to learn from multiple sources.🔗 Connect with Guil 🐦 Twitter 🌐  Website 👩‍🚀 Github 🤖 Guil from Scrimba#6455 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps How Guil got into coding (01:18) Web development in the early days of Web 2.0 (03:02) Do you need a computer science degree to consider yourself a developer? (04:50) How Guil became a teacher (06:17) What makes a good teacher (07:18) The science of learning (10:38) What's the forgetting curve, and what you can do about it (11:54) How to not make a learning process overwhelming (14:07) Learning techniques that work for Guil: Scheduling study time, Pomodoro technique, Keeping a study log (16:15) Scrimba now has Solo projects: What are they, and how can they help you learn better? (20:32) What is Scrimba Bootcamp and the benefits of code reviews and getting feedback (25:24) Quick-fire questions: Code editors, coding music, Web 3.0, and Puerto Rico (27:48) Closing advice: be a librarian, not an encyclopedia  🧰 Resources mentioned Scrimba Bootcamp Comparing Scrimba Pro and Scrimba Bootcamp plans ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode, please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/21/202234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Scrimba Community Hero Yin Chu: Be Consistent, Play the Long Game, and Help Others

🎙 About the episodeMeet Yin Chu Rijnaard 🇳🇱! Yin Chu is a new developer who landed a job offer after only seven months of learning to code! In the meantime, he also became a Scrimba Community Hero. In this episode, Yin Chu shares his approach to learning to code, why he chose front-end development and some of the struggles he encountered along the way. He also talks about his involvement in the Scrimba Discord community and how he became our Community Hero. On Scrimba's Discord, you can award karma points to other users, and Yin is currently on top of the leaderboard. You'll learn more about online communities, their unexpected benefits, and Yin Chu's approach to helping other newbie developers online. Plus: Alex shares Scrimba's origin story!🔗 Connect with Yin Chu 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 YinChuRijnaard#2266 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Yin Chu got into coding by way of business school (01:27) Front-end development for visual learners (02:40) How Yin Chu learned to code while at work (04:11) Yin's approach to learning (05:11) Learning to code when English is not your first language (09:04) How to become a Scrimba community hero (11:39) A surprising benefit of being in Scrimba's Discord community (15:10) Why you should help people (16:20) Yin Chu's new job... and LinkedIn's Easy Apply (17:23) Good LinkedIn profile strategies (19:29) Yin Chu's interview process (21:24) You have to play the long game (24:50) 🧰 Resources mentioned Free JavaScript course Scrimba's Discord Server ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/14/202226 minutes, 28 seconds
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How to Become Good at Networking, with Recruiter-turned-developer Cameron Blackwood

🎙 About the episodeMeet Cameron 🇬🇧! Cameron is a full-stack software engineer, podcaster, and co-founder of The Coder Career. But before learning to code, he studied business... and worked as a tech recruiter! This episode is all about networking. How to do it? What to say? And... To whom? Do you have to be an extrovert to become good at it?Cameron will teach you why networking is important and how to go about it. He will also give you scripts for different situations - from reaching out to a recruiter on LinkedIn to starting a conversation with somebody at a meetup. Alex and Cameron discuss how to stand out when applying for a job and how recruiters operate. There are more junior developers than junior positions, and we hope this episode will help you get your foot in the door! Or, at least, nurture your professional relationships - you never know when can they come in handy.🔗 Connect with Cameron 🐦 Twitter 🌐  The Coder Career 🔈 The Coder Career podcast episode with Simon Barker 🧰 Resources mentionedNever Eat Alone⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
6/7/202225 minutes, 41 seconds
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Hurry Up, but Slowly: How Ansub Knew When To Go Back to Basics and Relearn Web Development From Scratch

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ansub Khan 🇮🇳! Ansub has always been drawn to front-end development, but he took a couple of detours: he studied computer science and tried to learn C, C++, Java, and Python. In the end, he got a job by creating a website for a self-sustaining AI, while chatting to his now CEO about robots and quantum mechanics. In this episode, you'll learn how to know when to go back to the basics of what you're learning, why rushing to get a job isn't always a good idea, and how a sprinkle of stoic philosophy can help you on your journey. Ansub shares details of his pretty unconventional job interview, as well as his approach to figuring out which jobs to apply to. He also talks about all of his failed job applications and what he learned from them.🔗 Connect with Ansub 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🧰 Resources mentioned Scrimba's Front End Career Path Bob's React course (FREE!) Maya Labs ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/31/202234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Shannon Brown: There's a human side of recruiting, and here's how to get onto it!

🎙 About the episodeMeet Shannon Brown 🇺🇸! Shannon is an experienced tech recruiter in a company known for diversity. In this interview, she will teach you how to get your foot in the door even if you're coming from an unconventional background. A good recruiter should know how to recognize an overlap between your skills and job requirements, but there are also things you can do to make your application stand out. In this episode, we're talking about the dreaded ATS, the importance of storytelling, and cover letters (which might not be as crucial as you'd think... unless they're required)! You will learn how recruiters operate and what they're looking for, and why both recruiters and job applicants should be in it for the long game. You'll also find out when is the right time to apply for a job and how to troubleshoot an unsuccessful application. Plus: photos on CVs, font preferences, free resume reviews, and tough coffees. ⏰ Timestamps Shannon's work as a technical recruiter (01:02) The importance of domain knowledge (03:57) What recruiters do, what they should do, and why some of them have a bad reputation (05:54) Why both recruiters and job-seekers should focus more on building relationships (10:21) How to contact a recruiter, and what's the ideal first message (12:31)  Should you be afraid of an ATS (application tracking system)? (14:39) When is the best time to apply for a job? (16:29) What is a well-optimized resume? (19:01) Are cover letters necessary? (22:48) Cover letters as a tool to provide additional information (24:50) Storytelling on your resume (28:34) How to know when not to use job-hunting advice from influencers (30:00) Setting career goals helps you write a better job application (31:17) How to get free feedback on your resume (32:46) Quick-fire questions: fonts and photos on a resume, practicing self-care during a job search, debugging your job application What is the most important thing to do when looking for a job? (38:21) 🔗 Connect with Shannon 🐦 Twitter 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5-star review here and tell us who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/24/202240 minutes, 6 seconds
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Career Change on Maternity Leave: How Kynnedy Learned To Code, Became a Code Reviewer, and Landed Her First Developer Job

🎙 About the episodeMeet Kynnedy 🇺🇸! She recently made history as the first student who found a job through Scrimba's Discord! She originally wanted to be an air traffic controller, but ended up working in hospitality. After she became a mom, Kynnedy decided on a career change. And she succeeded! 🎉In this episode, you'll get handy tips on how to learn better and make whatever you're learning stick. Kynnedy shares what she did right, but also what she did wrong, as well as her approach to creating a more memorable developer portfolio. You'll hear her story about learning enough about front-end development to go from zero to becoming a code reviewer on Scrimba in only a few months. Plus: how to know you're ready to apply for jobs, and how how to code with a baby. :)🔗 Connect with Kynnedy 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps How Kynnedy got into coding (02:00) Bootcamp vs a self-directed route (04:03) Learning to code while being a new parent (04:57) Kynnedy's path and learning style with Scrimba (05:49) Dealing with self-doubt when learning to code (06:58) How to choose projects for you developer portfolio? (09:38) How Kynnedy knew she was ready to start applying for jobs (14:22) How Kynnedy put herself out there... and got no results (14:57) Getting an interview through Scrimba's discord (16:00) Kynnedy as a code reviewer on Scrimba (17:42) Kynnedy's interview process (19:50) Coding advice for younger Kynnedy (25:48) 🧰 Resources mentioned Scrimba's Front End Career Path Gary Simon on YouTube Build and deploy your portfolio with Kevin Powell ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/17/202227 minutes, 22 seconds
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How not to struggle with CSS, with Kevin Powell

🎙 About the episodeMeet Kevin Powell 🇨🇦! Kevin is a CSS Evangelist and educator. He makes weekly YouTube videos, streams on twitch, writes articles, and teaches courses. His mission is to show new developers that CSS is fun and teach them how it works... and why it works the way it does.In this episode, you'll learn how not to get frustrated with CSS, how to debug it, why people struggle with it, and how come we might never see a launch of CSS 4. Kevin also explains why different browsers render CSS differently and how much should you actually care about that. Alex and Kevin also discuss how the web gets made behind the scenes and how you can join the conversation and suggest the features you'd like to see in certain technologies. Plus: Bad design trends, tools and plugins, CSS memes, and tabs vs spaces.🔗 Connect with Kevin 📹 YouTube 🐦 Twitter 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub ⏰ Timestamps How Kevin found himself in the world of web design (01:28) Can a new developer focus solely on CSS? (04:26) What is a CSS Evangelist? (07:12) Why do people struggle with CSS? (09:04) Why CSS works the way it does (12:15) CSS tools you should use (14:12) CSS extensions for your editor (16:14) The learning curve of CSS and the importance of experience 18:04 Why different browsers render CSS differently (and why it sometimes doesn't work) (21:18) Progressive enhancement and accessibility (25:53) The history of CSS (29:21) Will there ever be a CSS4? (33:11) How to stay in the loop and join the conversation around features (35:18) Quick-fire questions (37:33) 🧰 Resources mentioned Kevin's courses on Scrimba Miriam Suzanne Adam Argyle Modern CSS ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/10/202241 minutes, 24 seconds
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Career Change in Just a Year: How Anthony Hacked His Productivity and Got Hired Ten Minutes After an Interview!

🎙 About the episodeMeet Anthony 🇳🇱! Anthony worked as a Guest Experience Teamleader at the Sea Life aquarium in Scheveningen, where he got his feet wet in the world of the web by helping set up and manage the aquarium's new website. Web development enticed him with its unlimited possibilities and he quickly realized he wanted to do it as a job.In this episode, you'll learn why to set goals, why deadlines are important, how to use the Pareto principle, and how to create consistency in your learning. Anthony also shares his tips for crafting a resume (very important if you're switching careers!) and choosing your portfolio projects.🔗 Connect with Anthony 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🤖 Ant Casson#2260 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps How Anthony got started with web development (01:32) How Anthony switched careers in a year (03:36) Keeping a consistent schedule (04:44) How Scrimba provided Anthony with structure (06:48) Anthony's strategy for getting his first junior developer job (11:18)  Putting effort into applications (13:09) How many emails should you send? (14:24) Getting a job within ten minutes from an interview! (16:11) Negotiating an offer when changing careers (19:57) The importance of setting a goal (22:43) The Pareto Principle (23:58) Learning on YouTube, or from documentation (26:05) 🧰 Resources mentioned Scrimba's Front End Career Path The new React Docs MDN Web Docs ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
5/3/202227 minutes, 32 seconds
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How to make your LinkedIn profile standout according to a LinkedIn expert

Meet Austin Henline 🇺🇸! Austin works at LinkedIn and has reviewed more than 1200 LinkedIn profiles. In this episode, Austin teaches you how to make your LinkedIn profile discoverable to companies.🔗 Connect with Austin 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Coming soon... 🧰 Resources mentionedComing soon...⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/26/202235 minutes, 37 seconds
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From Doctor to Developer

🎙 About the episodeMeet Jefferson Tang 🇦🇺! Being a doctor is one of the most prestigious jobs out there, but Jefferson's coding itch would not go away! Enoramoured with web3 and the unlimited possibilities, Jefferson learned to code using a Web3 Bootcamp and Scrimba's Frontend Developer Career path. Now he works as a full-time developer at a Decentralised finance start-up! In this episode, Alex and Jefferson discuss the challenges of changing careers after 7 years of study. Other topics include staying motivated when learning to code and what Jefferson wished he knew at the beginning that would help him now.🔗 Connect with Jefferson 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 jefferson#8477 on the Scrimba Discord ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/19/202225 minutes, 57 seconds
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An expert guide to technical interviews with Ian Douglas from Postman

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ian Douglas 🇺🇸🇨🇦! Ian has been in the industry for 26 years and in this episode, imparts his wisdom about how stand out then succeed at technical interviews to you. 🔗 Connect with Ian 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Removing the stigma from the interview process (01:39) Why technical interviews are kinda broken (3:16) What the heck does culture fit even mean? (08:57) How to answer “What is your biggest weakness?” in an interview (14:04) More on culture fit  (16:08) The truth behind why companies hide salaries in job descriptions (18:52) Your previous salary has nothing to do with your new one (20:50) Ian’s experience interviewing at 27 companies (23:28) How to increase your callback % when applying to jobs, even if you don’t have much experience yet (27:39) Ian’s LinkedIn #drama (31:15) Rejection isn’t personal and you never know what’s happening internally (36:42) It all works out in the end (39:15) How to practice your interview skills in the real world (40:49) Get your foot in the door and the rest will follow (43:14) How much loyalty should you have to a company? (46:06) How Ian botched an interview at Twilio (46:29) 🧰 Resources mentioned Ian’s website, Techinterview.guide Rezi.ai ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/12/202250 minutes, 36 seconds
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How Ineza stood out with a "why you should hire me" video

Meet Ineza Bonté 🇨🇦🇷🇼! After completing #100DaysOfCode and building a beautiful portfolio, Ineza got his foot in the door by recording a charming "why you should hire me" video. As you might expect, it wasn't all smooth sailing. Ineza struggled with rejection in the early days but his persistence paid off when he was finally hired as a Junior Developer. In this episode, you'll learn exactly how he did!🔗 Connect with Ineza 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 inezabonte#6980 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (00:00) How Ineza got into coding (01:47) Do you need to do #100DaysOfCode in a row? (04:54) Learning how to learn (06:22) Deciding what projects to build (07:46) Why Ineza prioritised building a portfolio and how it helped him (10:20) Ineza's approach to finding a Junior Developer job (11:44) Why this company chose Ineza (14:13) What the interview process looked like (16:31) Challenges Ineza faced you might be facing too (18:57) Ineza's advice to aspiring Junior Developers (20:17) The importance of community when learning to code (21:59) ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
4/5/202224 minutes, 55 seconds
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How to become a successful Junior Developer with Scott Hanselman from Microsoft

Meet Scott Hanselman 🇺🇸! Scott has been coding for 30 years, blogging for 20, and podcasting for 16. He helps new developers learn to code and find success in their tech career so they, too, can have long and happy tech careers. In this episode, Scott reflects on his career to share the most important things you should know as an aspiring junior. We discuss if you need to know algorithms and data structures to be successful and explore some interesting ideas around systems thinking and toast!🔗 Follow Scott 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Becoming an “old” programmer (02:21) How fast does do tools and technology move? (03:56) Upcoming technology to keep an eye on (08:25) Why coding is just like LEGO (10:17) Responsible AI and Alexa (16:39) Learning to code and social mobility (21:19) Systems thinking and burnt bread 🍞 (22:51) How deep down the technology stack should you go? (25:19) What you should know to be a successful junior (33:12) 🧰 Resources mentionedEverything's broken and nobody's upset by Scott⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/29/202234 minutes, 52 seconds
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How LinkedIn helped Buse become a Junior Dev in London

🎙 About the episodeMeet Buse Hizarci 🇹🇷🇬🇧! She just got her first Junior Developer role in London. It’s one of the most competitive tech cities in the world, yet the recruiter came to her through LinkedIn. As an extroverted economics graduate, Buse wasn’t sure if coding was for her. After 5 unsuccessful interviews (and one shockingly rude interview experience, which you’ll hear about towards the end of the episode!), she eventually found success at a well-known company in the UK called Vision Direct. In this episode, you’ll learn how Buse utilised LinkedIn to find success and how she wowed her employers with the take-home task..🔗 Connect with Buse 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 📝Medium 🤖 Bhz#2497 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) From economics graduate to developer (01:35) Why learning web development is great if you want a job  (03:43) How to make what you learn stick with projects (04:30) Building confidence through early job interviews (06:42) Buse’s best interview advice (08:17) Working as a contractor for experience before finding full-time work (10:32) A recruiter reached out to Buse! (12:02) The take-home task that got Buse the job (12:44) Day in the life of a newly-hired junior web developer (14:19) Kill your ego (15:24) Don’t compare your real life to other people’s highlight reel (15:50) What Buse wish she knew at the beginning (16:18) Overcoming stress and anxiety (17:17) What’s next for Buse (18:35) 🧰 Resources mentionedReach out to Recruiters on LinkedIn (as a Developer)⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/22/202220 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why nobody hires junior developers anymore according to an engineering manager

Meet Gregory Witek 🇳🇱! Greg is an experienced developer and engineering manager currently working at Booking.com. There, he made an alarming observation:  While the industry is going nuts for experienced Senior developers, it would seem no one is really hiring junior developers. Why?In this episode, we explore the state of the junior developer job market and how you can maximise your chance for success. Don't worry! Becoming a Junior developer was always going to be tough. Gregory maintains there's room for everyone in this industry and even shares what he would specifically do with the benefit of all his experience breaking into tech and now hiring developers.🔗 Connect with Gregory 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Becoming an engineering manager (01:24) Why nobody hires juniors anymore (02:20) The tragedy of commons (04:37) Companies who only hire mid-level developers cause problems (08:37) Changing jobs normally yields the most profitable salary bump (11:02) Don't we need more juniors to satisfy the demand for online software and services created during the pandemic? (12:14) Juniors are needed but not right now it seems (14:57) Onboarding junior developers remotely is hard (16:56) You can still find success! (19:07) Companies where you'll have the best chance of success as a junior (19:54) How Gregory found his first tech job (22:58) Even if you lack experience you can contribute to experience or volunteer (24:12) If you don't have a job your job is finding a job (25:25) How to know if you're ready to apply for jobs (26:53) Always ask for feedback and don't be afraid to apply again (28:40) How to impress Gregory as a candidate (30:02) How much time to engineering managers spend per resume or application? (31:45) What Alex learned about finding work from Tinder (33:11) What motivates Gregory to help? (36:12) 🧰 Resources mentioned Why nobody hires junior developers and what happens next by Gregory GitLab Handbook ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/15/202238 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Robert got his first developer job at 33

Meet Robert Corrado 🇺🇸! Rob tried to become a coder several times, but as a business owner and Dad, it was hard to carve out time and really make it stick! It was during the pandemic, Robert realized his opportunity to double down on his passion and finally learn to code with Scrimba. As his confidence in JavaScript grew, he started to apply for jobs and sending out feelers. In this episode, you'll learn from Rob's experience doing several coding interviews and how he finally found success!🔗 Connect with Robert 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 RobbyCors#0066 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) From business owner to coder  (01:45) Deciding to finally go for it (04:01) Learning Spanish vs. learning JavaScript (05:01) Robert’s greatest challenges and how he overcame them (06:37) Employers don’t want someone who only knows HTML and CSS? (08:33) As a Junior, you can do the task, you just need a bit more time (10:11) Learning to code and career a little later in life and with kids (11:07) What Rob learned from his unsuccessful interviews (13:18) Self-confidence and the job search (15:54) How Rob got 8 job interviews (17:18) How Rob got his first Junior developer job (18:48) ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/8/202227 minutes, 56 seconds
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How to Actually Use a Web Developer Roadmap: Mike Karan on Better Learning and Must-Have Skills for Junior Developers

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mike Karan 🇨🇦! Mike is a successful web development business owner and a co-host of the HTML All The Things podcast. His podcast and social media platforms have had tremendous growth in 2021, but Mike explains it's not all about the stats: it's about creating value and connecting with people. In this episode, we're talking roadmaps! If you're learning to code, it's easier to follow a roadmap that somebody else has made. But, that can also be tricky: it's not always clear when to branch out or move on to another part of a roadmap. You'll learn how to recognize these opportunities, how to figure out if you should quit learning something, and why you should only focus on one framework at a time. Plus, there's a rant about regex.🔗 Connect with Mike 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Mike's podcast and Twitter growth (02:00) How Mike chose the front-end developer career path (07:08) Step by step guide for learning to become a front-end developer (09:08) What can you achieve with just HTML and CSS? When is the right time to learn JavaScript? (14:00) How should you look at a roadmap? (17:49) Figure out what you hate! (18:48) How to know you've given something enough of a try? (21:34) When to monetize your skills? (24:51) On roadmaps and choosing the right framework (27:21) What does a junior developer have to know? (33:47) Apply your knowledge! (36:45) 🧰 Resources mentioned HTML All The Things web developer roadmap Junior web developer checklist Mike's podcast ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoyed this episode please leave a 5-star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
3/1/202246 minutes, 20 seconds
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How to market yourself as a developer (according to a marketer turned developer!)

🎙 About the episodeMeet Stefi Rosca 🇷🇴🇪🇸. Stefi worked as a marketer but couldn't ignore her passion for tech anymore! Using Scrimba and other resources, Stefi learned to code online and now works at Adevinta - a company almost everyone in Spain knows. Believe it or not, when she first applied, they ignored her! It was only through her perseverance (following up and connecting with people in the company) that Stefi earned this prestigious opportunity. In this episode, you'll learn how meetups gave Stefi the connections and confidence she needed to find success.🔗 Connect with Stefi 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Stefi’s experience doing a mock React interview with Scrimba (01:30) Transitioning from marketing to development (02:46) Working at a company all your friends and family recognise 🤩 (06:41) Recurse center (07:34) Code Bar (09:51) How meetups impacted Stefi’s career success (12:29) Navigating meetups as an introvert (13:45) Challenges transitioning from marketing to coding (15:14) How to market yourself as a developer, according to a developer (20:04) Stefi’s EPIC story about how she got a job at Adevinta (25:49) 🧰 Resources mentioned Stefi’s mock React interview with Scrimba Recurse center Code Bar
2/22/202237 minutes, 42 seconds
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2/22/20221 minute, 52 seconds
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Career Advice From a Vue Core Team Member

🎙 About the episodeMeet Ben Hong 🇺🇸! Ben is a Senior Staff Developer Experience Engineer at Netlify, Vue Core Team member, Google Developer Expert, and teacher. After studying psychology at school, Ben picked up programming in his own time, making him one of the most successful self-taught programmers on the podcast to date! He joins us to share his best advice about learning to code and the many career benefits of getting involved with open source.🔗 Connect with Ben 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Ben’s transition from psychology to programming (01:06) Developer experience and why it matters more than you think (04:26) Developer experience as a profession (05:25) Ben is part of the Vue core team (07:08) How Ben got involved in one of the biggest JavaScript open source projects in the world (07:53) How to start with open source yourself (10:38) Why Ben works so hard (16:21) Passion vs. discipline as a profesional (18:36) How Vue compares to React and other front-end tech (20:56) Should you abandon React to learn Vue?? (23:27) Ben’s best advice for anyone learning to code (25:27) Quick-fire questions (29:36) 🧰 Resources mentioned Vue Mastery Computed properties in Vue Watch Ben code on Twitch Learn to take notes in Obsidian with Ben ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/15/202234 minutes, 32 seconds
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Learning to Code Alongside a Full-Time Job: How Josh Went from Property Manager to Junior Developer in 10 Months with Scrimba

🎙 About the episodeMeet Joshua Smith 🇦🇺! While working full-time as a property manager, Joshua made time after work to learn to code on Scrimba. After just 10 months and, in part, thanks to a referral, Josh was recently hired as a junior web developer 🎉! In this episode, you’ll see how networking and referals don’t have to be complicated. In Josh’s case, he proved his skills to a friend who then vouched for him. From here, it was still up to Josh to crack the coding interview and take-home task.🔗 Connect with GUEST 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 jshsmth.eth#7668 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Why Josh is participating in a bootcamp even though he has a job  (02:56) How bootcamps compare to Scrimba (04:06) A day in the life of a newly-hired junior dev (07:31) How Josh found success by securing a referral (09:24) What the interview process looked like for Josh (11:02) Josh got the job in around 10 months  🎉(12:12) Josh’s advice for anyone else learning to code (14:28) Josh found success quicker than he was planning - does he regret not applying sooner? (16:36) A job is the ultimate learning environment (19:03) Challenges learning to code alongside a full-time job (19:48) 🧰 Resources mentioned Josh’s Rick and Morty website Learn React on Scrimba  ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/8/202221 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lessons Learned Recruiting and Managing Junior Developers for 10 Years

🎙 About the episodeJason has been recruiting and supporting Junior Developers for more than a decade! He joins us to share his inspiring story breaking into tech after sustaining a head injury, and what he’s learned about how to find success as a Junior without a degree along the way.🔗 Connect with Jason 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) How a head injury at 16 influenced Jason’s career path (01:27) Interns vs. juniors (05:07) Job titles matter, but not for the reasons you might think (08:04) Are there more juniors than junior jobs? (10:35) Why recruiters sometimes get it wrong and what that means for you, the candidate (11:38) The job description is not a list of hard requirements (15:44) How to improve your self-awareness (19:05) Coding vs. programming and why it matters (22:04) Justin’s favourite question to ask during interviews: What games do you play? (23:40) Are you born or made a programmer? (24:56) Tech is vast and has many career paths to offer (27:26) 🧰 Resources mentioned Tell Alex from Scrimba @bookercodes what you thought of the episode Read Jason’s fantastic advice on dev.to ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
2/1/202229 minutes, 21 seconds
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Advice from a Junior Developer Career Coach

🎙 About the episodeAnna is well-regarded as the Opera singer who turned into a Developer! Before serenading the masses, Anna was a marketer and code-tinkerer. This concoction of marketing know-how, work experience, and an inclination to solve problems enabled Anna to find work as a Junior Developer in the wake of the pandemic in record time. Aside from working full-time, Anna also coaches Junior Developers on her YouTube channel, Twitter, and around the web. In this episode, we peel back the curtain to learn Anna’s streamlined advice for new programmers looking to find their success as a Junior.🔗 Connect with Anna 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 📹 YouTube ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) From opera singer to developer (01:01) How long does it take to become a developer? (03:36) Born programmer vs. made programmer (07:23) 9 Belbin Team Roles (12:32) Coding in a team and how it differs from solo work (13:30) Answering “what is your biggest weakness?” (16:02) Remember: Rejection is redirection (17:08) How Anna found success as a Junior quicker than she anticipated (18:51) Pitching yourself like a pro (23:46) It’s not enough to be the best coder, sorry! (28:17) Dissecting Anna’s winning video (29:44) Quick-fire questions (30:28) 🧰 Resources mentioned Anna’s iconic Tweet and video How to build a programming career book by Anna 9 Belbin roles ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/25/202234 minutes, 15 seconds
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3 Months and 600 Job Applications Later: How Fredrik Became a Junior Developer in Record Time with Scrimba

🎙 About the episodeMeet Fredrik Ridderfalk from Sweden 🇸🇪! He went from not knowing any code to landing a Junior Developer role in just 3 months! Having studied before, Fredrik knew exactly how to structure his learning on Scrimba so that it worked best for him. Thanks to trying some other jobs in the past, he also had a good idea of how to crack the coding interview.  In this episode, Fredrik imparts the knowledge that got him hired in record time to YOU.🔗 Connect with Fredrik Ridderfalk 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 Deepity#4791 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Creating your own Junior Developer roadmap (03:37) How Fredrik became job-ready in 3 months (06:13) How to remember what you learn better (08:08) Applying to 600 jobs  (11:01) Remember: A job ad is a wish list not a must-have list (12:48) Accidentally being interviewed for Senior roles  (14:18) Fredrik lost faith in tailoring cover letters to the job - is it really necessary? (15:35) Building original projects to stand out (17:18) Expanding on Scrimba Career Path projects (20:49) What the interview process looked like specifically (24:15) What does a Junior Developer do now they’re hired? (26:42) Getting paid to learn (28:22) 🧰 Resources mentionedAngelList⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/18/202229 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to become a successful Junior Developer with Danny Thompson

🎙 About the episodeMeet Danny Thompson 🇺🇸! Danny worked in gas stations frying chicken for 10 years before teaching himself how to code. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, working at Google for a stint before returning to a company called FrontDoor as a Software Engineer. Along the way, he’s amassed 140k+ followers on Twitter, helping others learn to code and break into tech with measured, actionable advice. He joins the Scrimba Podcast to talk job-hunting strategies and mindset, plus answer quick-fire questions so we can get to know him better.🔗 Connect with Danny 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 📹 YouTube 💯 TikTok ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Danny has 141K followers but he doesn’t want you to follow his advice blindly (01:22) Danny’s new role - returning to work at his previous company after working at a FAANG company (03:02) Should Juniors look for work in their local area, remote, or both? (14:59) Transferring skills from your previous non-technical jobs with confidence (17:32) Alex challenges Danny about what to do if you’re sensitive to rejection (21:24) “The best thing that never happened to me” (25:34) Tailor your application to the role or you’re probably going to fail (27:37) Anticipate what employers want to know and prepare an elevator pitch (30:05) Quick-fire questions (32:20) Closing words by Danny (37:16) 🧰 Resources mentioned HOW TO USE LINKEDIN PROFILES TO GET JOBS! Stand out where the hiring managers hang out! Ask an Expert: Improve your LinkedIn Page with Danny Thompson Ask an Expert: How to get a job with no CS degree Danny’s Commit your Code Discord community (join link) Code Connector Find a Google Developer Group ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
1/11/202239 minutes, 2 seconds
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This Scrimba student dropped out of college to learn online instead - now she's a Junior Developer!

🎙 About the episodeMeet Elly! She dropped out from their CompiSci degree to double down on frontend web development with Scrimba. After showing a recruiter their beautifully-presented portfolio, Elly managed to secure their first “real” job: A Junior Developer role at a purpose-driven web agency!🔗 Connect with Elly 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter 🤖 elly#5924 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Elly dropped out from their CompSci degree to pursue front end  (02:59) Replacing university with Scrimba’s Frontend Career Path and community (06:00) Did Elly need to know Data Structures and Algorithms? (08:03) Elly’s wonderful HTML resume template (09:05) HTML vs. PDF resume in Elly’s opinion (12:39) All about Elly’s new job at Portable (13:24) Elly’s experience working with an external recruiter (15:20) How Elly stood out and found work so quickly (19:17) The importance of having a good vibe (rapport) with your interviewer (20:24) The interview! (21:25) What would Elly have done differently? (22:51) Elly’s advice to aspiring Developers and closing words (24:34) 🧰 Resources mentioned Ask an Expert: Chat with a Tech Recruiter Ask an Expert: CV Review with a Tech Recruiter Want to learn frontend development and secure your first technical job like Elly did? Enroll in the Scrimba Frontend Developer Career Path 🎉 ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet your host, Alex from Scrimba, at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏!
1/4/202225 minutes, 49 seconds
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Origin of the name Scrimba, winning the lottery, and our biggest mistakes - Christmas special QnA with Team Scrimba

🎙 About the episodeMerry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In this special episode, Scrimba co-founders Per (CEO) and Sindre (CTO), plus Bob, Leanne, Michael, Abdellah, and Matias from Team Scrimba join to answer your questions - some serious ones (like the origin of Scrimba) and some totally random and fun ones (like what we would all do if we won the lottery).🔗 Connect with Team Scrimba 🐦 Alex from Scrimba (Host) 🐦 Per from Scrimba 🐦 Sindre from Scrimba 🐦 Bob from Scrimba 🐦 Leanne from Scrimba 🐦 Michael from Scrimba 🐦 Matias from Scrimba 🐦 Abdellah from Scrimba ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/28/202133 minutes, 22 seconds
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Career advice from the maintainer Redux, Mark Erikson

🎙 About the episodeMeet Mark! Mark maintains Redux and is a seasoned developer with more than a decade of professional experience coding and working with Juniors. In this episode, Alex and Mark explore if beginners need to know Redux before delving into Mark's best coding career advice around searching and evaluating online information efficiently and how to find meaningful information on even the most obscure programming errors!🔗 Connect with Mark 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🐦 Twitter ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Working at the same company for a decade (01:47) What is Redux and should newer developers bother learning it? (02:38) Where does Redux shine? (06:24) Quick introduction to TodoMVC (09:58) Redux vs Context API (12:12) Does Mark with more than a decade experience need Google anymore?  Yes! (17:40) How to search information efficiently (20:10) How do you search hairy error messages to find meaningful results? (20:44) Why TypeScript errors trip a lot of people up (23:53) Mark's best advice to folks new in their career (25:07) 🧰 Resources mentioned Redux Redux documentation Fundamentals of Redux Course from Dan Abramov Mark's coding career advice series of posts ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/21/202126 minutes, 26 seconds
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Recruited by Activision to code email templates (best first Developer job ever?)

🎙 About the episodeTony is a successful Scrimba student from Los Angeles who was recently got their first Junior Developer job at Activision! Tony used to work in finance but hated it. He knew he wanted to find meaningful work that allowed him to prioritize his mental health but couldn't afford to quit outright. For months on end, Tony learned to code alongside his full-time job. Despite many setbacks, he managed to come out on top by niching down and becoming an expert at creating email templates. In this episode, you'll learn all about it!🔗 Connect with Tony 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🤖 tonymoreno86#6931 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Tony transitioned from the world of finance to coding (01:04) Learning to code alongside a full time job (02:33) The role of community and friendships in Tony's success (04:00) How to make your Dad proud (05:02) Joining Activision! (07:30) Finding riches in niches by coding email templates (08:29) Working 400+ hours on UpWork to earn reputation (12:33) How Tony discovered their niche for email templates (14:31) Activision reached out to Tony on LinkedIn (16:45) Perks of the job (18:03) Moving around in the company a little (18:49) What do you think were the most significant contributors to landing this job based on what you experienced during the interview process? (21:23) What would you do differently? (22:23) 🧰 Resources mentioned Ask an Expert: CV review with Jermaine Jupiter 1 Ask an Expert: CV review with Jermaine Jupiter 2 ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/14/202124 minutes, 8 seconds
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How an effective portfolio landed Claire her first remote Junior Developer role

🎙 About the episodeClaire Ramming is a successful Scrimba student from New York City 🇺🇸, who recently got their first full-time developer job 🎉! Before learning to code, Claire studied Data Science and received mentorship on how to choose projects that standout and navigate the job market without a degree. Claire joins us today to share the tactics she learned and how specifically they helped her land this awesome new opportunity. Stay tuned for the end where Alex asks Claire a mock job interview question.🔗 Connect with Claire 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🤖 clay2k#2840 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Claire's first lines of code (01:30) Building a standout portfolio full of projects (03:55) Can you use Scrimba projects in your portfolio? (05:23) Changing companies without your boss knowing 🤫 (06:45) Claire's clever idea to apply to Asana by cloning their app (08:50) Finding success on Hired (09:07) How to successfully answer "Tell us about yourself" (14:23) Do. Your. Homework. (15:41) How to answer "Do you like to work alone or as part of a team?" (16;08) In-depth account of Claire's interview process and how long it took for them to get back  (17:17) What would Claire do differently if they did it again? (24:42) Mock interview question: "What is the hardest thing you've ever done?" (26:35) 🧰 Resources mentioned Hired Mapbox (SDK for adding maps to apps like Uber Eats) The data science bootcamp Claire attended (Springboard) ⭐️ Leave a ReviewIf you enjoy this episode please leave a 5 star review here and let us know who you want to see on the next podcast.You can also Tweet Alex from Scrimba at @bookercodes and tell them what lessons you learned from the episode so they can thank you personally for tuning in 🙏
12/7/202129 minutes, 18 seconds
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From Photographer to Developer at 35

Christopher Kühn is a Scrimba student from Cologne, Germany 🇩🇪, who recently got their first Developer job 🎉! At the ripe age of 35 and after 3 arduous years learning to code alongside a full-time job and 70 job applications, this is the interview about how Christopher finally completed the transition from Photographer to Developer. In the conversation, Alex from Scrimba and Christopher talk about changing careers later in life, keeping motivated, and what the job interview process specifically looked like.🔗 Connect with Christopher 👨🏻‍💼 LinkedIn 🐦 Twitter 🌐 Website 👩‍🚀 GitHub 🤖 KlarLuCK#1266 on the Scrimba Discord ⏰ Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Christopher on learning to code at 35  (00:57) Christopher's bizarre encounter that made them want to learn React (03:03) "The JavaScript Masterplan" (05:49) Learning and managing your energy learning to code alongside a full-time job (07:44) How to know if you're ready to apply (10:59) Christopher worked for free to build a reputation - it worked (14:01) Be honest about what you want with recruiters (15:18) Remember to subscribe to job alerts by email (16:48) How Christopher specifically got this job and what the interview process looked like (19:16) Christopher got the job (24:47)  🧰 Resources mentioned "JavaScript Masterplan" spreadsheet Xing
11/30/202127 minutes, 22 seconds
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Becoming a Standout Developer with Randall Kanna

Once upon a time, Randall learned the unsettling truth that almost everyone on her team earned more money than her. She mustered the courage to confront her her boss and said, “Hey! Google are interested in me. I could go there or you can give me the fair salary bump I deserve!” They obliged and in that moment, Randall learned just how important it is to advocate yourself.Randall wants you to have the best possible start to your tech career and joins the podcast to share what she’s learned about how to stand out and thrive in tech. Spoiler: It’s not just about your coding skills.⏰ Timestamps Introduction (0:00) How Randall got into tech (01:25) How to actually improve your communication and collaboration skills (03:24) Make the most of LinkedIn with these tips (04:26) How to stand out in tech (11:06) Randall and Alex get DEEP (14:34) How to write a superb Junior Developer resume (15:39) Randall's scariest moment in tech - confronting her employers because she was underpaid (20:18) Are you a dark matter developer? (25:41) How to structure your learning as a self-taught developer and stay motivated (27:33) Your unfair advantage as a self-taught developer (33:57) How to genuinely and convincingly answer "why do you want to work here?" (36:10)
11/23/202137 minutes, 35 seconds
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From a PhD in Materials Science to Junior Developer with Scrimba

Maeling earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering before realising her passion for code! After months of practice and with help from her new friends in various communities, she’s now working as a Junior Developer at a remote start-up. In this episode, you’ll learn how Maeling found the job through a virtual career fair and how you, too, can find success.Timestamps Introduction (0:00) About Maeling's new job (00:48) How Maeling found this opportunity through a virtual job fair (02:30) How Maeling used Twitter to lern to code (02:55) Community and learning to code (06:35) Self-directed learning compared to university (09:33) Don't compare yourself to others (11:37) Homeschooling while learning to code (14:02) Building a homeschooling journal app (15:30) What the interview process looked like  (18:59) Maeling's top tips for anyone wanting to become a Junior Developer (23:19) Links Follow Maeling on Twitter Maeling's homeschool journal web app Career Karma Virtual Coffee Code Connector
11/16/202125 minutes, 36 seconds
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Advice from a Senior Silicon Valley Engineer

Swizec Teller moved from Slovenia to Silicon Valley to work with the best engineers on the most challenging problems. Along the way, he hired and continuous to mentor countless juniors. In this episode, you'll learn what Swizec looks for in Junior Developer in 2021 and how you can crack the coding interview by highlighting your potential.Timestamps Introduction (0:00) What employers look for in Juniors (02:32) What projects will impress employers? (05:01) The difference between front-end engineer and front-end developer (07:28) An introduction to JSON bureaucracy (10:57) How to measure your own ability and skill (14:39) How Google hire Juniors (20:50) What Swizec learned from Richard Hamming (23:11) Swizec's career vision (25:37) An introduction to the Senior Mindset (28:07) What Juniors can expect from seniors (29:09) Links Follow Swizec on Twitter Follow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter Swizec's website Your career needs a vision by Swizec Senior Mindset series
11/9/202132 minutes, 15 seconds
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From Guitar Teacher to Software Developer after Scrimba

John Mckay (also known fondly as Johno in the Scrimba community) used to work as a Guitar Teacher. After learning to code on Scrimba, he now works as a full-time trainee developer at one of the UK's largest supermarkets! As a trainee, Johno will spend 20 months working on different real-world parts of the business, while learning from mentors and some dedicated training. In this episode, you will learn how you, too, can earn to learn!Timestamps Introduction (0:00) How John found a 20 month employee training program (1:24) How John got started programming (03:07) John's experience with procrastination (04:38) Don't just learn to code - learn to market yourself too (09:29) How to write your first developer resume when you have no experience (10:48) Communication skills are key (12:50) What John finds intimidating about their new job (14:08) Competency based interviews deconstructed (17:27) What surprised John now he's on the team (27:11) The role of the Scrimba community in John's success (28:59)
11/2/202131 minutes, 29 seconds
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Last-minute guide to Hacktoberfest (there's still time), featuring GitHub Star Of The Year, Eddie Jaoude

The month-long celebration of Hacktoberfest is nearly over but don't threat! There's still time to get involved and potentially earn a Hacktoberfest T-shirt. In this episode, GitHub Star of the Year 2020, Eddie Jaoude shares everything you need to know to get involved in these remaining days.Who is Eddie? Eddie Jaoude is an open source advocate and leader of the EddieHub open source community. He believes OPEN SOURCE is NOT just about code, it is about people, communication and collaboration.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) What is Hacktoberfest (01:13) Is it too late to get involved? (01:50) Open source can catapult your career as it did for Eddie (03:02) Genuinely meaningful ways to contribute to open source that don't even involve writing code (07:10) Where to find your first open source project (09:21) How Hacktoberfest measures your contributions (14:32) "It's always about adding value, not amount of lines that have changed" (15:43) Challenges you might encounter and how to overcome them (18:52) Maintaining your own project and taking part in Hacktoberfest (20:23) Quick-fire questions with Eddie Jaoude (22:35) Links Follow Eddie Jaoude on Twitter Follow Alex (host) on Twitter Check out the EddieHub inclusive open source community Contribute to Scrimba's Weekly Web Dev Challenge page
10/26/202125 minutes, 38 seconds
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How to make money as a developer with Florin Pop

Florin Pop is a JavaScript developer who made $22K in August. After years of experimentation and brand-building, Florin has uncovered several sources of income that enable him to earn good money without a boss and, in some cases, without working at all (Florin earns some passive income). In this episode, Florin and Alex outline several ways to make money if you know how to code and are willing to put in hard work.
10/19/202133 minutes, 14 seconds
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From Circus to coding - how Milos turned COVID into an opportunity

At 32 years of age and after 10 years of climbing the ranks in the theatre industry, Milos Dokic from Australia had to start again because of the pandemic.While many entertainment workers weathered the storm, Milos mustered the discipline to explore his growing interest in programming, enroll in a university course, and get ahead. The university course was fine but when Milos started to look for work he realized he was totally unprepared. There weren't many jobs around C or C++, which he was learning at school, and because Milos hadn't yet graduated, he didn't have any credentials to get in the door.Around that time, Milos discovered Scrimba and the Front-end Developer career path! He built some exciting front-end projects and developed a stand-out portfolio and LinkedIn page. Along the way, he realized more of his experience was transferrable than he first thought.Milos joins us to share all the specific details about how he found his job and what the interview process looked like. You will learn more about what to expect and how to succeed yourself!Links Guest Connect with Milos Dokic on LinkedIn Join the Scrimba Discord and message Milos (their username is Samurai#3301) HostFollow Alex Booker from Scrimba on Twitter Timestamps Introduction (0:00) Milos' journey from Cirque du Soleil  to Junior Developer (00:50) When the pandemic hit Cirque du Soleil came to a halt but Milos was determined to turn it around (05:54) How Scrimba compared to Milos' experience at university? (09:31) Milos' experience buying a CV template from Etsy (10:19) Staying focused and on-track even when you experience setbacks (13:28) How learning Linux helped Milos feel comfortable with commands and servers (14:48) How Milos specifically found this job and what the interview process looked like  (15:49) Milos' take-home task and how it went (17:56) Changing carers at 32 and after 10 years in theatre (20:42) How to stand out among thousands of developers according to Milos (22:42)
10/12/202126 minutes, 8 seconds
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How to stand out as a new developer (and ask amazing questions) with Dan Moore from FusionAuth

What do you wish someone had told you when you were just starting out? If you are a new developer (we’re not using “junior developer” here - listen along to find out why!), there are skills you have, skills you can transfer from somewhere else, and skills you don’t even know you need. You probably also have a lot of assumptions… and not too many people who can tell you whether they’re true. Dan wants to change that!Who is Dan Moore? He is the author of Letters to a New Developer - a blog and book of advice he wishes he had gotten at the beginning of his career. Dan is a developer with twenty years of experience, currently working as a Solutions Architect at FusionAuth.Links Guest Follow Dan Moore on Twitter Follow Dan Moore on LinkedIn Check out Dan’s blog HostFollow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter Episode linksDan’s book of letters to a new developer
10/5/202128 minutes, 50 seconds
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Overcoming interview nerves - how this Scrimba student recovered from failure to become a Junior Developer

Scrimba student Serhan almost canceled his interview at Microsoft because he was nervous. Even though it turned out to be an unsuccessful interview, overcoming that initial hurdle set everything into motion for Serhan. The worse thing that could happen had already happened. Turns out, being rejected from a company wasn't that bad.After that, Serhan was much calmer in interviews now and was offered a job much sooner than he expected! We think the same could happen to you if you adapt Serhan's mindset when teaching yourself to code and applying for Junior Developer jobs.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Serhan's transition from Economics to code (01:07) How Serhan taught himself to code (01:59) The most frustrating thing about learning to code (03:14) The importance of community when learning to code (05:41) How Serhan got an interview at Microsoft (06:42) Recovering from a rejection by Microsoft 😪 (10:16) Serhan started doing interviews to get used to hearing "no" (10:36) How Serhan ensured a constant pipeline of job interviews (15:14) What Serhan learned from a consultation with a recruiter (19:19) Serhan got two job offers and finally found success 🎉 (22:32) LinksGuest Connect with Serhan on LinkedIn Serhan is Serhan#6676 in the Scrimba Discord community (join)
9/28/202125 minutes, 36 seconds
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What a good developer resume looks like and how to write one - learnings from an Uber Engineering Manager

Your resume determines if you will be called in for an interview or not. It’s an advertisement targeted towards your future boss and it can make or break your application. Yet, most programmers fail to write a good resume! In this episode, you will learn to increases the chances that your resume makes it to the “yes” pile according to an actual Hiring Manager.Who is Gergely? Gergely is the author of The Tech Resume Inside Out - a highly-rated book about what the hiring process look like inside companies and how to make sure your resume stands out. Before that, he worked as an Engineering Manager at Uber for 3 years.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Most resumes suck so Gergely wrote  The Tech Resume Inside Out (01:27) Remember: Your resume is a sales tool (07:52) Create a master resume template (14:26) The problem with using LinkedIn as your resume (15:20) How hiring funnels work from the inside out(18:35) Myth-busting Application Tracking Systems (26:20) Avoid photos on your resume (35:22) Why resumes should look plain Jane (35:25) References  available upon request? Obviously  (36:34) Internships and Computer Science degrees (36:48) Employment travel visa options for new programmers  are few for a reason  (39:12) The dreaded reference check (41:29) Links Guest Follow Gergely Orosz on Twiitter Follow Gergely Orosz on LinkedIn Check out Gergely's blog HostFollow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter Episode linksGergely's book on writing a tech resume
9/21/202144 minutes, 32 seconds
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Lessons learned from 400 unsuccessful job applications - how Scrimba student Gandev finally found success

With every rejection, Gandev felt more determined than ever. It didn't matter to him that no one had replied positively yet because he was only really testing the waters - applying to jobs before he was ready in order to see what he could learn about job-hunting while simultaneously skilling up on Scrimba. In the end, Gandev learned the key to his success was to connect with the people behind the jobs. In this episode, you are will learn how to do the same.Who is Gandev? Gandev is a Scrimba community member and Frontend Career Path graduate with a tenacious attitude. He was recently hired as a Junior Frontend Developer at a London-based web development agency, and joins the podcast to share exactly how he got there.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Gandevs immensely productive Scrimba schedule (01:45) Recovering from failures and finding your drive  (08:07) What Gandev learned applying to 400 jobs (13:57) How to make your own luck by connecting with Senior developers and recruiters (17:22) How to assure employers you will pull your weight (22:53) LinksFollow Alex Booker (host) on Twitter
9/14/202125 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to work with recruiters according to Senior Recruiter Taylor Desseyn

For every sucky recruiter conflating Java and JavaScript (oh boy), there is a recruiter like Taylor Desseyn ready to listen to your goals, craft your resume, and help you land your first Junior Developer job. Yes, even new programers are eligible to work with a recruiter! In this episode, Taylor breaks it down step-by-step.Who is Taylor? Taylor is a Senior Recruiter who has been recruiting since 2011 and has helped place more than 450 people land their dream jobs. He joins us today to share his best advice on how to connect with and utilize recruiters in general.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Recruiting is inherently broken (01:52) Differentiate between agency and internal recruiters  (04:11) How to connect with agency recruiters even if you are a Junior (05:38) You wouldn't wait to go to the gym until you're in shape... (09:37) 3 rules to write an impressive cold message (10:10) LinkedIn is where it's at but do not discount Twitter and Polywork (14:57) How to stand out on LinkedIn (17:50) The tenants of a standout resume (21:37) Links Follow the guest Follow Taylor Desseyn on Twiitter TaylorDesseyn.com Follow the hostFollow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter Links mentioned in the episode Vaco Taylor's foolproof resume How social media can land you your dream job
9/7/202125 minutes, 33 seconds
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How to remember everything you learn with Ali Spittel from Amazon Web Services

Ali has helped hundreds of new developers learn to code through her work as a lead bootcamp instructor and author. She’s an equally talented developer and teacher and In this episode, shares techniques and tips to help you better understand what you’re learning and make it stick once and for all!Timestamps Introduction (00:00) How Ali got her first Junior Developer job (01:31) What Ali learned helping new programmers as a Lead Instructor at General Assembly (06:16) What you can learn from successful bootcamp students (07:51) How to know if you're ready to apply to jobs (11:28) Ali's experience as a hiring manager (11:39) Is the first programming language the hardest to learn? (15:38) How to remember everything you learn (21:34) How to escape tutorial hell (22:23) Should you hustle non-stop or take breaks? (28:15) Focused vs. diffused thinking (30:13) How Ali schedules time to learn on the job (31:16) Ali's progression to a Senior role and what Juniors should know about Seniors (33:39) Links Follow Ali Spittel on Twitter We Learn Code (Ali's website) Follow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter
8/31/202139 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to get started in Developer Relations according to Head of Developer Relations Phil Leggetter

The demand for Developer Relations candidates has never been greater. Yet, employers are struggling to fill this unique role. In this episode, Phil Legetter (Head of Developer Relations at PostHog), teaches you what Developer Relation is, the versatile roles within Developer Relations, and what experience you need to succeed. As an experienced Hiring Manager himsself, Phil also shares his experience hiring from the inside out.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) What Developer Relations is (02:30) Can introverts work in Developer Relations? (10:23) How much and what kind of experience do you need? (13:12) Phil cares less about your education and more about your public contributions - very encouraging for self-taught developers (15:10) What did the Developer Relations hiring process look like at an enterprise company? (16:35) How long does Phil spend reviewing each resume? (18:21) Does LinkedIn easy apply ever work? (20:57) How do companies decide on the X in "X years of experience required"  (21:20) Tell us about a memorable candidate (25:08) Links Developer First/Developer Plus Roles within Developer Relations Phil covers many of the activities within DevRel in his older post around Defining DevRel Phil and PostHog's Developer Educator role that he updated the requirements for following the interview 😀
8/24/202128 minutes, 59 seconds
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From Air Conditioning Technician to Junior Developer in 6 months

Meet Dan (35) from Australia 🇦🇺🦘. After working as an Air Conditioning Technician for 9 years, Dan enrolled in Scrimba's Frontend Developer Career Path to become a hireable web developer. 6 months later, here we are!Success found Dan much quicker than he expected - not because he was the absolute best coder (Dan admits he stumbled through the technical interview) but instead because Dan successfully demonstrated his teachability and potential. Now Dan is earning to learn. If you follow Dan's advice, you could too!Timestamps Introduction (00:00) How Dan became a Junior Developer in 7 months (01:32) How Dan managed to stand out to an employer and get a callback (06:45) Dan assumed his test questions were JavaScript but they were actually PHP 😧 (09:44) Instead of idly waiting for a decision Dan improved his skills (14:06) Dan continued to follow-up and sell himself after the interview (15:57) Dan think he stumbled through the on-site interview but the employer reassured him (17:07) Dan got the job 🎉 (19:06) How Dan's experience talking to customers surprisingly helped him land a a Junior Developer job (20:16) Links A screenshot of the cover letter that earned Dan his interview Dan wrote about his whole experience in more detail here: Changed career from HVAC-R tech to junior web dev at 35. Here’s my story... Follow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter
8/17/202122 minutes, 47 seconds
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Tom's portfolio earns him six figures a year

Tom Hirst's inbox is full to the brim. It's practically spilling with emails from companies and clients inquiring to work with him! This demand comes from Tom's effective personal website and earns him six figures a year as a freelance WordPress developer.Whether you are a would-be freelancer or aspiring Junior developer, Tom believes you should build a personal website, niche down to scale up and - above all else - put yourself out there (even if you're an introvert like him!)  In this episode, Tom shows you how.Timestamps Introduction (00:00) Why you need a personal website in 2021 (01:47) How to get your personal website off the ground without getting side-tracked (04:02) A quick quick introduction to SEO and Domain Authority (05:51) "Specialisation at the beginning of your career is one of the smartest things you can do" (10:42) The discipline of specialisation (12:38) How to start freelancing like Tom (15:04) Putting yourself out there as an introvert (17:29) UpWork: Yay or nay? (17:44) How to increase an employers confidence in you when you don't have much experience yet (20:19) Should you work on the cheap to get your foot in the door? (21:32) Building equity in yourself (24:39) Avoiding troublesome employers and manipulative clients (25:20) Tom wrote a book and it's free (27:21) Pricing yourself relative to the competition (28:58) Links Tom's portfolio Ten Steps to Becoming a Better Developer by Tom Follow Tom on Twitter Follow Alex from Scrimba on Twitter
8/10/202132 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ace the job interview with Cassidy Williams from Netlify

There are two sides to every story, and a job interview can seem very different depending on whether you’re the interviewee or the interviewer. Cassidy Williams (Director of Developer Experience at Netlify and teacher here at Scrimba) has experienced both. She joins us today to share her experience and prove the interview process isn't as scary as it may seem.Contents Introduction (00:00) What does Cassidy do at Netlify? (01:51)   How Cassidy stays super productive (and how you can too) (03:58) How to "kill two birds with one scone" (07:31) Why you should learn and work in public (11:21) "The difference between a developer and a senior developer is that the senior developer says, 'I don't know' more." (13:50) How to start your career in tech (17:30) Why rejection is not a reflection of you or your ability (21:48) Should you apply to lots of companies or a few specific ones? (25:48) Small companies or big companies? (29:23) Cassidy's cool sister's (Cammi Williams) experience working at Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook (30:10) The importance of friendship in the developer community (34:00) Networking doesn't have to be gross 😷 - think about it like relationship-building (37:37) Links from the show Getting a Gig: A Guide Mock React job interview (featuring Cassidy Williams and Stefi Rosca) Mock React job interview (featuring Cassidy Williams and Alejandro Aspinwall) Build Your Dream Network by J. Kelly Hoey
8/3/202140 minutes, 11 seconds
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Becoming rejection-proof with Erik Hanchett from Amazon Web Services

When Erik started his coding career, several companies rejected him. Today, he works as a Front End Engineer at Amazon Web Services! Can you imagine how different things might have been had Erik let rejection block him? In this episode, Erik talks about how to think about rejection so it doesn't bother you, the tactics he would use to get a junior developer job in 2021, and how to glide into a recruiter's inbox. Finally, Erik compares React and Vue, and talks about the job prospects for each.
7/27/202134 minutes
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The road from intern to Senior Developer with Darin Doria from Wistia

Darin started his developer career as an intern. Now he works as a Senior Engineer at Wistia! This his advice for  new programmers considering an internship or junior developer position. We also delve into what companies look for in new programmers and if you really need the experience threshold before applying.Links @_darindoria on Twitter @bookercodes from Scrimba on Twitter Subscribe to Darin on YouTube How I Landed My First Developer Job: My Internship Story by Darin Code With Me | 1hr Real Time w/ Lo-Fi Beats by Darin
7/20/202123 minutes, 26 seconds
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Intentional Career Building with Kent C. Dodds

Kent has authored 180 blog posts, created courses on React and unit teseting, hosted podcasts like JavaScript Air and Angular Air. He's also given countless talks and eppared on presentations. From the outside lookign in, it's hard to imagine how he gets so much done!Links @kentcdodds on Twitter @bookercodes from Scrimba on Twitter Zero to 60 in Software Development: How to Jumpstart Your Career (Kent C. Dodds) Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning  (Peter C. Brown et al.) How I Teach (Kent C. Dodds) How to get experience as a software engineer (Kent C. Dodds) Intentional Career Building (Kent C. Dodds) Epic React course (Kent C. Dodds) Solidifying what you learn (Kent C. Dodds)
7/13/202137 minutes, 30 seconds
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How to make your own luck with Shawn Wang (Swyx) from Temporal

Shawn (Swyx) Wang joins us to discuss his book, The Coding Career Handbook. In this episode, you'll learn principles, strategies, and actionable tactics that will help you become a hireable junior developer. For everything else, there's Swyx's book, for which you can receive 30% off using special code, SRIMBA30.Timestamps 00:00 Introduction 1:37 When are you ready to apply for junior developer jobs? 03:40 What is learning in public and why is it important? 07:05 Learning in public is more selfish than alturistic 09:56 How to start learning in public 11:05 Preview of next week's episode 👀 12:30 Introduce a learning exhaust 15:00 The four gears of learning in public 17:47 Why working in the open can be magnetic 19:34 Teaching forces you to learn (and learn in depth) 20.05 Should you apply to lots of companies or just a few you really like? 22.44 How to get "lucky" more often 25.55 Alex shares his experience with learning in public 27:57 Swyx shares his experience learning in public Links The Coding Career Handbook by Swyx (30% discount applied when you use this link) Learn in Public by Swyx Show Your Work by Austin Kleon Luck and the Entrepreneur by Marc Andreesen
7/6/202132 minutes, 43 seconds
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Get started freelancing on Upwork with no experience

When you don't have a CompSci degree, you have to get creative 👀! Ehtisham found freelance work on UpWork by doing the work without permission. Next, he transferred his excellent reviews to earn a job interview! Now his job title is Front-end developer and he works remotely. Timestamps 00:00 Introduction 01:03 Start freelancing with no experience 03:36 Getting your first client 05:06 The impact of customer recommendations  06:40 Pricing yourself for opportunity 09:20 Turning freelance work experience into a full-time role 11:00 Ehtisham's new job 11:57 What the interview process looked like  13:15 Ehtisham's recommended resources Links AIESEC Ehtisham on LinkedIn
6/29/202117 minutes, 27 seconds
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Communication skills for developers with Dylan Israel from Amazon

If you want to become a successful developer in 2021, communication skills are more important than you might think. In this episode, Dylan Israel from Amazon talks about Agile software practices, teamwork, working with your manager, boundaries, and dealing with anxiety as someone on the shyer or introverted side.Timestamps 00:00 Introduction 01:40 What to expect when you join a new team 03:39 What is Agile development all about? 08:35 Beware companies masquerading as "Agile" 12:18 Ask these questions in your interview (and avoid a death march) 12:55 Why communication skills are more crucial than you might think 15:10 Effective communication is a learned skill 16:55 Introverts and extroverts 19:00 Communication in the workplace is unique - treat it as such 21:40 Books Dylan used to sharpen his communication skills (see links from the episode below) 24:17 You don't need to understand Agile that well before applying for jobs 25:39 One-way communication (screencasts, talks) vs. two-way communication (team communication) 27:30 How to deal with social anxiety (and how anxiety differs from stress) 32:30 What to expect from your manager and teammates Links Check out Dylan Watch Dylan's courses on Scrimba Connect with Dylan on LinkedIn Hire Dylan to mentor you via MentorCruise Links from the episode Introduction to Clean Code (Scrimba) by Dylan himself Clean Code by Uncle Bob The Clean Coder (a code of conduct for professional programmers) by Uncle Bob Clean Architecutre by Uncle Bob
6/22/202137 minutes, 52 seconds
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Karan didn't meet all the requirements - they hired him anyway

Karan found a job that needed two years of professional experience but as a recent Frontend Developer Career Path Graduate he didn't have any yet 😬 !Equipped with a stunning portfolio and active GitHub profile, Karan applied anyway...They practically hired him on the spot 🎉 proving these requirements don't always apply to the individual, and you should apply anyway!Now Karan's learning lots while working on a project for a Fortune 500 company.In this episode, you'll learn how Karan became a hireable programmer by helping others and what resources he used to crack the coding interview on his first try.Timestamps 00:00 Introduction 01:44 Karan talks about his new role 02:50 How did you learn to code well enough that you felt ready to start applying for jobs? 04:00 How did you structure your learning? 04:48 What was your job-hunting strategy? 07:04 What did your interview process look like? 12:20 Preview of next week's episode with Dylan Israel 14:22 How does a company test your personality or culture fit? 16:46 Karan got the job offer 15 minutes after his interview 🎉 17:20 Community 19:07 "Helping other people made me a good programmer" 22:00 Karan's advice to anyone looking for work 24:11 What resources helped you get the job the most? 26:15 Future of the Scrimba community with Alex Show notes Karan's portfolio The Tech Resume Inside Out by Gergely Orosz De-Coding The Technical Interview Process by Emma Bostian JavaScript Algorithms and Data Structures Best Web Dev Resources by Karan himself Want to learn frontend development and secure your first technical job like Karan did? Enroll in the Scrimba Frontend Developer Career Path 🎉
6/15/202129 minutes, 38 seconds
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How these six self-taught developers got jobs

Pete has interviewed hundreds of self-taught developers for his website, NoCSDegree. In this episode, he shares his top 6 stories that YOU Can learn from to make money as an employee, freelancer, or entrepreneur (Pete covers all 3)Timestamps 00:00 Introduction 02:00 How Beatrice used a meetup to advance their career 07:15 Arvid Kahl founded a $55K/month business 09:45 Please remember to subscribe and share the episode 😇 10:15 Aldhair went from cruise ship worker to developer in 5 months with Scrimba 12:32 Do you need to meet 100% of the requirements to apply for a job (nah) 15:54 Josy got a remote job as a junior dev 🎉 18:26 Richard earned $15k a month at just 22 from a rural area with low living costs 23:21 Tae'lur from waitress to developer 26:22 What do al these developers have in common? 28:05 Outro and thanks Links Check out Pete Follow Pete on Twitter Subscribe to the NoCSDegree newsletter Find entry-level job on NoCSOK Links from the episode Getting a developer apprenticeship with a sociology degree (Beatrice) Learning to code with no CS degree and making $55k a month (Arvid Kahl) Covid career change - from cruise ship cleaner to developer (Aldhair) Josy learned coding and now has a remote developer job (Josy) From Waitress to Software Developer in 8 months (Tae'lur) This 22 year old self-taught PHP developer earns $15k a month and lives in an Austrian farmhouse (Richard)
6/8/202129 minutes, 9 seconds
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How to get a job at Google with Jack Franklin from Google

Jack is a twenty-something Front End Engineer at Google. In this episode, you will learn from his experience as he traveled an ambitious and twisty career path that, ultimately, landed him a high-impact job on the Google Chrome Developers team.Contents 00:00 How did the opportunity at Google come about? 02:39 What it's like working at Google? 04:01 The decision to become a professional developer 05:52 Do you need a computer science degree to work at Google? 9:23 Becoming a speaker 17:31 Publishing a book at 21 21:38 Finding work you love 27:00 Front end engineer vs. developer? 28:57 How Jack got into Google 31:20 Google developer interview process 34:08 How to change jobs when you already have one 37:03 What it's like at Google 38:41 Quick-fire questions 🔥 LinksScrimba swag give-away terms
5/19/202142 minutes, 1 second
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DoorDash driver turned full-time developer

David tried DoorDash part-time while he learned to code on Scrimba. He is also a successful landscaping business owner. If you think these experiences wouldn't help David become a professional developer, then think again! This interview is about how David leveraged his experiences to position himself and secured an exciting developer job 🎉Contents 00:20 Introduction 02:55 How David  got into code 05:30 What David learned about SEO 11:20 How David Tell us about the JOB  and how you stood out (Associate SEO strategist)  12:40 Transferring skills from what seem like irelavent previous experiences 13:45 How the Scrimba community helped David 14:50 How David found the community  16:30 Why talking in front of people is scary and how to overcome it  18:00 Did you make friends at Scrimba and how did they help you? Links The Frontend Developer Career Path Career advice with Career Coach & Tech Recruiter Jermaine Jupiter Scrimba swag give-away terms
5/11/202120 minutes, 39 seconds
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Becoming a six-figure freelancer with Gary Simon

In this episode, YOU will learn how to become a freelance designer or developer in 2021 💸Contents 00:30 Introduction 02:27 What does being freelance mean? 05:39 Winning your first customers 06:36 Learning to love UpWork and Fiverr 08:12 Why you need marketing (even if you hate it) 15:00 Setting and agreeing prices 19:30 Valuing yourself 22:08 Managing client expectations 25:20 Personal branding 29:45 Building the perfect portfolio (avoid skill bars) 34:34 Best technologies for freelancers? 35:40 Gary's biggest mistake 37:38 Are no-code tools like WebFlow a threat? 39:12 Quick-fire questions 🔥 Links🎨 Practice making high-quality mockups a reality in the browser with five stunning projects created by Gary Simon and coded by you
5/3/202141 minutes, 41 seconds
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The future of Scrimba with Per Borgen

In this episode, I spoke to Per about: The story behind Scrimba? Where did the name Scrimba come from anyhow? How Per reached 24,000 followers on Medium and why does it matter? What makes an awesome Scrimba course? Why did Scrimba make the Front-end Career Path? Diploma of the 21st century Selfish reasons to help other people What people can look forward to at Scrimba and the Scrimba community
4/28/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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An interview with CSS evangelist Kevin Powell

Kevin is the teacher behind Scrimba's ✨ epic ✨ 15 hour Responsive Web Design Bootcamp. You may also know him from his HTML & CSS Crash Course. Leanne from Scrimba (@RybaLeanne) recently interviewed Kevin about CSS on a live stream and invited anyone watching to ask questions. This was great because the viewers probably had similar questions to you! The answers Kevin gave on the spot were so good we thought to adapt that interview for an episode of The Scrimba Podcast.  Some of our favourite questions: Do you need to be good at design and CSS to get a job? What are your top 3 tips for improving CSS? How important and relevant is Sass in 2021? What do you hate about CSS? Where to learn advance CSS (Kevin's Responsive Web Design Bootcamp of course!)
4/9/202147 minutes, 33 seconds
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How new developers can turn rejection into opportunity

Annemarie Visser learned frontend web development and became a full-time Junior Developer in only 5 months.The secret sauce?Anne embraced rejection and turned it into opportunity.With only a few months experience, Anne sent her resume to 25+ companies full well expecting them to reject her. It sounds unorthodox but here is why it worked.With each rejection, Anne politely asked "why?" and with the answers she got, dramatically accelerated her learning.Because Anne was resilient to rejection, she learned what employers are looking for and where her blind spots were. As a result, she was able to focus on improving in the areas that matter most using the Frontend Career Path.It's uncomfortable to face your weaknesses head-on but Anne knew what most people won't accept: Embracing discomfort is quickest path to success!Anne was uniquely brave in this way and proved to us all that the worse someone can say is "no".Of course, they might also say "yes"!To Anne's surprise, she got an offer much earlier than she had anticipated. Now she is earning to learn which, we think, is a dream scenario for any aspiring developer 💸True to character, Anne asked "why?" when she was hired and shares the reasons with us in this interview!In this interview, I also asked Anne about: How Anne learned to code while raising a newborn 👶🏻 Some examples of specific feedback she received when rejected Why Anne made a portfolio early and how number of projects isn't as important as you might think How Anne stood out against the competition for her specific role (Anne could communicate her thought process much clearer) Anne's top tips she WISH she knew at the beginning
4/1/202120 minutes, 28 seconds
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Fending off recruiters after #100DaysOfCode

Alejandro coded EVERY DAY for 100 days and Tweeted his progress with the #100DaysOfCode hashtag. After this 100 days sprit, Alejandro had a beautiful portfolio 🤩 and compelling GitHub account full of projects that proved to employers he could do the job even though he didn't have a computer science degree. While Alejandro continued polished his skills using Scrimba's Frontend Career Path he applied to take part in a special mock React job interview we hosted with Cassidy Williams.HE PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS 🎉 so it was no surprise when 2 months later, Alejandro shared word of his new job.It wasn't that surprising to hear that Alejandro had a lot of interest from recruiters either. Alejandro has a knack for marketing himself. In this episode, you'll learn his top tips to stand out among the competition.
3/29/202123 minutes, 24 seconds
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From noob to developer in 7 months

Meet Paul Lee.In September 2020 Paul decided to learn to code and stumbled upon Scrimba. Just 7 months later he got an entry-level job in Tokyo 🎉In this interview, I spoke to Paul about: Anxieties and doubt learning to code How Paul learned to trust the process and all of a sudden had 2 job offers How developer jobs work in Japan (I learned two-day internships are common) At Scrimba we claim "Our career path helps motivated students become hireable frontend developers for 1% of the cost" I asked Paul if we're telling the truth 😬
3/15/202132 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Justin got his first developer job at 33

Meet Justin Lowen (Justin Lowen#3893 on Discord) from San Antonio 🇺🇸.Justin lost his job in the oil industry because of COVID-19. Less than one year later (and after 163 job applications) he was recruited as a professional developer!Being recruited isn't something that happens by accident. After 163 applications and several failed interviews, Justin managed to progressively optimise his LinkedIn, polish his resume and used Scrimba to close skills gaps revealed in previous interviews. I spoke to Justin so YOU can learn from his experience.In this interview, I also spoke to Justin about: Justin's shotgun approach wherein he applied to more than 160 jobs Changing career later in life - going from senior petroleum engineer to junior software engineer Who should you listen to when it comes to CV/resume advice? How to be humble and prove you don't think you're "over-qualified" while still highlighting your potential to transfer skills from your previous, more senior role How to compete with young computer science and traditional bootcamp graduates
3/11/202143 minutes, 3 seconds
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How 16 year-old prodigy programmer Josh went viral

After a modest launch among friends, Josh earned the attention of local news stations. COVID INVADERS 👾. went from a few hundred players to a few thousand. It was an overnight hit!On the topic of hits, Josh performed a freestyle rap to accompany the game. He even rapped about Scrimba in our interview since it was the Frontend Developer Career Path that helped him build the game!In this interview, Alex from Scrimba spoke to Josh about: How Josh got freelance clients at 15 Why Josh doesn't care about a Computer Science degree Do young people have an unfair advantage when learning to code? How a can-do attitude and a knack for marketing earned Josh such an exciting opportunity How Josh went viral by identifying a trend, making the game work on all platforms (à la Fortnite), and promoting the fact he was young to his advantage - fair play 👏!
2/26/202127 minutes, 42 seconds
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Benedicte was about to quit when she got a call...

When Benedicte returned from her pregnancy break, she was shocked to find that her university had stopped teaching her class!After weighing her options, Benedicte made a brave decision to pursue web development.At first, it was overwhelming. Benedicte didn't think she was smart enough.She repeatedly questioned if she could do it and wondered if she would have to return to retail. Deep down, she knew that wasn't an option because of Coronavirus.18 months into the journey, Benedicte felt tired.Companies still weren't responding to her applications, and it made her want to quit...Less than 2 months later, she got a phone call.It was from a huge newspapers in Norway (VG). "You're HIRED," the manager said cheerfully!In this interview, I spoke to Benedicte about How Scrimba and the Frontend Career Path helped her find success How to become invincible to rejection What to do when a job requires "2 years minimum experience" or a degree 🙄 The specific details of her coding tasks (could you do them??) Her unique interview experience where she did pair programming on a Google Hangout but wasn't allowed to type any code 🤔
2/19/202139 minutes, 49 seconds
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How to go from bus driver to frontend developer

Nico's story is incredible. After working as a bus driver for 5 years, he recently landed his first professional frontend development job showing us all it's never too late to be the change you want to see in your life.In this episode, Nico and I explore many interesting topics including, Escaping the dreaded tutorial hell 🔥 Pushing your comfort zone to secure multiplejob offers  What Nico's two-day interview process looked like 😱 Nico's tips for creating a résumé and portfolio that stand out (here's Nico's portfolio) How Nico weirdly helped himself by helping others in the Scrimba Discord (??) And more
2/11/202121 minutes, 48 seconds
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Proven advice to secure your first developer job

Meet Austėja Kazlauskytė - new mom, law graduate, and "mom-and-pop" entrepreneur turned front-end developer. This is the gutsy story about how Austėja found her passion for front-end development. It's about conquering fears, taking risks, and learning to navigate JavaScript, CSS, and the technical job interview 😱
10/26/202051 minutes