That is the end of 2018 and I’m struggling to understand Java. I’m trying very hard to learn it. But I cannot learn it properly. Maybe it is due to my way of learning it or maybe due to a lack of mentorship. Somehow I managed to understand the core concepts of java and I’m now able to write some simple programs without using StackOverflow or docs.
After that, I started hitting Bangalore roads in the hope to find a better job. But that didn’t go well. It is the hardest part of the entire process. I roamed for up to 7 months in the hope to find a job related to java. Then I realized that java isn’t my thing. At the same time I saw this post “Top 10 programming languages in 2019” there I found that java is not even there in the top 5. Maybe that youtube creator underestimating the power of java. Or maybe he hates java just like me.
OK, now I have a plan. What next?
Angular and JQuery are the oldest frameworks and React is most popular in all of them. We can say that React and Angular are in neck to neck in some countries. But in India especially in Bangalore people are into React. There is a huge community and meetups are held almost every weekend.
So, now what? HIT THE ROAD.
I started attending interviews for front-end React developer. But there’s a problem. Companies using React are looking for developers who have at least more than 2 years of experience which I don’t have. So I decided that I’ve to make connections. But I don’t know anyone in Bangalore who are working in the same field. Then how can I make connections without knowing anyone? The answer is…
You know every weekend in Bangalore there is a React meetup. And the response for that meetup is quite high. I started attending meetups and following people on social media who gave talks there. One fine day the admin of that React meetup group tweeted asking companies if they are looking for freshers.
From that one tweet, I got three call letters for interview. I attended two and I got selected in two. But the package they are offering is very low for my skills. Can’t blame the companies because they are startups and they don’t have many funds. But the interview experience I got from those two companies is invaluable.
One company even made me create a whole twitter app. Surprisingly I’ve done that and I learned a lot doing that. I’ve uploaded that app to Heroku and added it to my resume. The more the projects in your resume the more you’re going to impress the interviewer.
It’s not an easy road. There are lots of setbacks, lots of late nights, lots of hard work, lots of pressure, lots of rejections, lots of traveling and also lots of lines of code. And for what I’ve achieved deserves what I’ve done.
For me, there is no mentor, no coaching classes, no textbooks, no notebooks, no mates. It’s just me and the internet.
Newton and Tesla were right. BE ALONE!