Yes, yes it’s the middle of the month and I’m only just setting out my monthly priorities again.
I have a good excuse. Two, in fact.
Part of the reason I am learning it is clearly to make myself more employable. But also because it will help me make some web apps that I really want to – and React Native is apparently some kind of way to transform it into Android/iphone apps. Though I haven’t even vaguely looked into React Native so I could just be imagining that part!
Secondly, I’ve been busy applying for jobs.
Last week I becoming slightly disillusioned – everything was very quiet. But then on Tuesday afternoon, my phone went mental, with 5 calls literally one after the other, I must have been talking about roles for nearly two hours almost non-stop, including one telephone interview.
Out of that burst of activity, I ended up with two telephone interviews and a coding challenge. One of the telephone interviews led to an interview, as did the coding challenge. And the aforementioned interview then led to a subsequent coding challenge. So I was pretty non-stop from Wednesday onwards with interview preparation, coding challenges – and fielding more agency calls – not all wasting my time either for a change, and I am waiting on other possible interviews.
Both were very different junior front-end roles, both were for very different companies. Both in good central locations on the Metropolitan line. On the off-chance that I got offered both, it would be a very difficult decision.
I received good feedback from both coding challenges – I believe that both were impressed with me. As they should be! I am still waiting to hear from them both. I feel that I have a decent chance but as ever it depends on my competition – on the previous two roles that I interviewed for that I really wanted, I had done well but was beaten by a candidate with more experience.
I can do brilliantly in the coding challenges and interviews, but if someone else has 12+ month’s experience, or has completed a bootcamp such as Maker’s Academy, or has a real stand-out portfolio, then I may well come second again. I know that I’m in the upper echelons of candidates for these roles, but I’m not yet in the absolute highest level.
So what can I do to get there?
My focus is now going to be on strengthening my portfolio.
I think I have focused enough on learning new technologies and expanding my knowledge. I have done enough training courses for now. It is time to get more practical.
I have a whole list of new projects that I want to do, along with some improvements to existing sites. 19 projects/improvements, in fact.
Firstly I want to finish off the website for my non-existent digital agency, Sunshine Design. I started it over a year ago, got stuck on some functionality I was adding (rain…don’t ask) and left it. Now my knowledge is almost exponentially greater than it was a year ago and I believe it is time to finish it properly. In fact, it isn’t even 20% done so it is more than just a case of finishing! I need clouds, birds, trees, all kind of stuff. Who knows, I might even get the odd client from it.
Next I want to create a new WordPress site for my political betting blog. I am getting quite into placing bets on politics, and have had a few nice winners. I already have a Facebook page, but I want to build this out into a proper website, using WordPress and, of course, have a section where people can use my commission-based links to sign up to bookmakers – I am always looking for a way to earn a few extra quid!
Lots to do and I’m really excited to be doing so.
I look forward to having some more completed projects for my portfolio soon. Well, unless I get offered one of those jobs in which case my priorities would change. And I’ve just found out that I might have a 10 hour coding challenge to do for another role that I’m applying for…10 hours! Yikes.