I recently interviewed Ricky Garcia about how he became a web developer. We talk about how he taught himself to code, what resources he used and how he used the power of his personal brand to get his first dev job. Check it out!
Archives for October 2017
As a Praxis participant, I get one-on-one sessions with advisors each month. I decide which advisor I want to schedule with and what I’d like for us to focus on. Here are three big goals I set for myself and how I worked with each of my advisors to achieve them.
1. I became a teacher. I’ve always been interested in helping others learn, but I wasn’t sure where to start and always figured you needed a certain certification to teach. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in Praxis it is that you don’t need a piece of paper to do something in the real world. I decided to schedule with Austin Batchelor and create the project of making coding tutorials.
I took all of Austin’s resources, advice, and encouragement and starting putting out videos on my YouTube channel. This seemingly small act of creating tutorials highlights the power of the digital paper trail that Praxis encourages participants to build: my videos ended up being seen by an awesome kids coding program called Hackingtons. The founder offered me a part-time job as a curriculum developer and as a teacher when I have the time. Now I get paid to help kids learn to code, and I love it. Next up, I’ve been building a coding course on Udemy with Austin’s guidance. Who better to ask about building a Udemy course than a Udemy instructor like Austin who builds incredible courses taken by thousands of students?
2. I started an interview series and site. Ever since I started coding, I always wondered what software developers actually did and how they became developers. I booked with Amanda Grimmett to talk about this idea I had where I interviewed developers. Together we made an action plan to make it happen, with sessions on how it was going and what I needed to do next. I was following my plan, scheduling interviews and working with an awesome friend to help me build the site, design ect. However, I found myself procrastinating and I became afraid to actually put my idea out there and make it real. When I scheduled with Amanda about this, her help and support put me back in touch with why I wanted to create this series and pushed me to go for it. When we worked together and broke down the steps, my big idea became tangible and real. And now it’s no longer just an idea.
Before Praxis I assumed advisors were similar to my college professors and would tell me what to do. I discovered the very opposite. When I schedule with Amanda, she never tells me what to do or what might be right for me. She asks me questions that allow me to uncover what I want. I come into a call overwhelmed or lost about a goal. Then, she asks me questions about what I really what and helps me narrow down the steps I can take to get there.
3. I got my dream job working remotely. As I’ve been practicing Deep Work for sometime now, I found the constant interruption of the office made it difficult for me to focus on my programming. Yet I always assumed working remotely was only for people with years of experience. After discussing this with my advisor Amanda Kingsmith, she encouraged me to look for remote work and I ended up moving to a new job as a junior developer with the ability to work from home. This was only the start: next we worked on (and continue to work on) all the ways I can be most efficient, keep myself organized and maximize the results of my work.
Next, Amanda is helping me stay organized and efficient while I’ve been traveling for work more lately. I will also be heading to Europe in early 2018 for a company trip. As Amanda is a world traveler and also hosts an incredible podcast about traveling, she’s knowledgeable about absolutely everything I ask, because she’s done it herself. Plus–she’s an absolute blast to work with.
My Praxis advisors challenge me, support me and help me achieve my biggest goals.