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As some you already know I'm not a web developer since my college/uni years. It me years to realize that there's more I can do in this life for me to be better, have satisfaction, have a job I want to go to. This happened just before I turned 30.
I never say it's easy but it's way easier for student to take internship, work for free(because of learning) of for lower salary than for person who already got a regular job, typical adult duties and takes additional learning classes to change profession. We hardly every have an opportunity to quit job and start an internship just to have a chance to get on IT employee market. I have little knowledge about how it goes in other countries but as far I as read posts of my Instagram's friends(who had similar path to mine), we all had a big piece of hard time on our way to desks.
Poland has a bunch of really great specialist. Companies offer them really good contracts so I'm not surprised that every month there're more people who'd like to join IT/Dev world. But companies need specialists(seniors)! Of course there's always a place for an Intern or Junior, but it's so so hard to find a company who would take you, teach you and trust you enough so you won't leave them at the very first occasion. But nothing is impossible. Let's see your chances.
Looking for a job.
You can look for a job for many ways. With those most popular and those totally unusual(like singing 'Tell Me Baby' by RHCP in a T-Rex costume in front of recruiter. Well, at least you're creative). So, sending a lot of CVs is not a wrong thing to do. If your skills are appropriate, GitHub/BitBucket repositories looks lit and you have some experience you should get hired very soon. But this method have one disadvantage - company's which is currently recruiting inbox is full of mails like yours. What are chances your mail will be open and you get hired? Way too low.
This is probably the reason why most of people don't get response of feedback on their application. How to give your mail +10 to visibility?
I decided to make a phone call just before I sent an email. I introduced myself, told that I'm interested in a position of ... and can I talk to head of recruiters team - Please hold. - *phone rings* - Now I introduce myself once more etc and I ask if I may send my CV. Yes, please. 9/10 recruiter called me back to talk. And mostly those talks took about 30 enjoyable minutes. It doesn't matter if you don't get that job. You got your chance to be remembered as a wise, knowing-what-you-want man/woman. And this counts. And of course, you probably get your job. Because you acted outside the box.
Let's say you made it.
I'm the oldest intern in the company, yay!
Achievement unlocked! You're sitting around your new friends, admiring your new setup, you tried to look sharp on first meeting, it's getting a little weird because everyone knows each other since always and you're just the new guy who'll try to adjust and even maybe won't stay long, so they keep distance for now. You know you're not just stopping by and keep stayed focus on your most important task - learn things.
You're not supposed to know everything. You're on your position to learn, and this is what everyone expect of you. So you do your job as best as you can. Maybe you will have to learn a certain technology till the end of month and do little project with it, maybe you'll be assign to a real project and be under someone who might guide you through of all it (and this is the best and hardest), who knows? You'll do your best anyway.
What if you don't know something and you need it to finish your task? Answer is simple: I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T. If you can't find answer suiting your problem or you don't know what you need to resolve your problem(it happens), read documentation or simply ask someone. If you presume you'll have more struggles with your current task it's better to write down all your struggles and take away your mentor from his work ONCE for longer than FEW TIMES every 10min.
So I'm coding, hell yeah.
Is there anything else you can do? Of course there is. Getting to know your new coworkers is also quite important. Right, there's a group of people who come to workplace, do their job and leave when clock points 4pm. I'm not the one of them. And you shouldn't too. It's always better to have good relations with your peeps at workplace than saying no more but 'hi' and 'bye'. See this: you have fun even when you're screwed, you can always count on somebody to have a piece of advice or big help during your first months, you wake up with a smile and Monday is no longer the worst day ever. Or you can be almost by yourself. With projects you don't know. Bugs you can't resolve. Or you can become genius and make others to come at you first 8)
The day you're waiting the whole internship. Were you good enough to stay? Do peeps like you as a team member? Will company's offer make you wanna stay? Because it's not only about them. Remember that the first thing you gotta think about is 'do I feel good here?'. You can follow all my advices I wrote above, but you shouldn't push yourself just because they gave an offer. If you don't feel the place, there're plenty of other companies who might hire you. But you can hear the offer, can't you?
Of course at this moment you have right to have demands of your salary. Well, you're a dev now. Obviously you won't get the highest wages in the beginning but every time you'll prove you're better today than yesterday, you're increasing your chances. And probably speed up next promotion.
Speaking of, always ask what are your opportunities to improving your skills, learning new technologies, run a team project, generally: what your future will look like more or less if you stay. This is what matters. Well, for me. I can't imagine a place where I do the exactly one thing every day for next few years. That's the moment you know you're stuck. I mean, what's the point of being a developer when you don't have a chance to spread your wings and do it better?
And when everything seems to be alright - take a high five with your boss and go get the world!