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Choices. We make them every day. One day you need to decide which girl you want to go to prom with and then your life choices hit you right in the face. You have to decide. Once and for all. Do you?
Many people I know have "let it be", "it has to be this way" or "it's too late" attitude to life. I have had similar thoughts flying around my head for years. What I thought was: some people are born to win life. And rest are like me. Or maybe you?
Thousand times I said to myself 'I'm gonna do it' and nothing ever happened. I mean, I haven't done anything at all. Does it sound similar?
And with every failure I made I started to feel even more terrible, demotivated, hopeless. I haven't had even a bit of motivation. Of course I heard 'you have to believe in yourself and you're gonna do it'. It doesn't work at all. Try to say something similar to a person with depression like "You just have to smile and you'll be okay".
Yup. You may know that.
So where it all comes from? Why do we afraid of such simple things? Talking to stranger, to try to learn something, go somewhere new, text somebody or just quit your job?
I had a theory that Social Media and Internet in general may be responsible somehow for this unusual anxiety - fear of failure. And I think I haven't never been very far from the truth. Why? Because we share our lives on SM so often and so deep, we sometimes don't see the line between real life and what people show out on SM.
But this is other subject.
Today I'm gonna focus on job. And me, actually. I told my story hundreds of times so I decided to write a post about how I changed my profession from physiotherapist to dev.
Begining of 2016, me - 26.. I moved to another city and simply was tired of fighting for job. Physiotherapists have a really bad situation in Poland. It means they're paid low and working very, very hard. Of course if someone has a job, because there're not many vacancies. And literally everyone can be a physio. There's no registered job like this. ANYWAY.
I started looking for new opportunities and friend of friend told me about web developer job. And I was fascinated because I knew there're such people but always thought they job is quite boring.
You know, you sit in front of screen and what? I made dozens of websites when I was a kid, nothing special. But it was over 15 years ago. Mine were simple and technology has evolved so much I didn't even know what I've been missing. So I decided to take a look.
First thing I touched as an adult about the whole programming thing was C++. Just because of curiosity. Found some free very very old courses online. I wrote few simple apps, learnt what are conditions, loops, arrays etc. Quite nice. But after few weeks I met an obstacle I couldn't pass and stopped my journey with C++. But it was only a beginning.
I started to reach every information about being a web developer. That was the moment I learned about Front-End, Back-End etc. And found out bootcamps.
I've been surprised so much because it was totally new kind of learning for me! Being a programmer in such a short time!
Count me in!
But every rose has its thorns. First: it costs, a lot. Second: finishing a coding bootcamps doesn't make you a programmer. Yet. All you have to do is find a job. That simple. And that hard. And last thing: do I have an time and energy for that?
My bootcamp lasted 7 months. We had classes every second weekend and between those I had to learn coding too. So my usual day looked like this: work->dog->coding->work out->coding->sleep, and all over again. In the second half of course I started going for meetups from time to time. About everything, even things I had no idea about but it was always an occasion to meet new people or learn something new even by accident.
Then looking for a job time has come.
I had my first interview 2 weeks before finishing a bootcamp. I was so excited because it was a dream job for a newbie. Partly remote, young team, development opportunities, business trips to Miami and London. Guy who recruited me was like: "you got this job, man! All I have to do is to consult this with my co-worker to make it more official, but don't worry, it's pure formality.
And it wasn't. That was my first job interview and my first rejection. But I was expecting that. I didn't give up and moved on.
I started sending CVs. Few per day. Some companies replied simply "no thank you" or "we're looking for someone with expierence" and others just left me with totally no information. It was okay.
Worse were moments where I did a task(and I did it good), had a interview, seemed like everything was clear and okay. And then there was a silence. After a month when I've already forgotten about interview I had, the company replies "sorry, but we're looking for someone with a bigger experience". Which I've never understood.
I had a dozens of inteviews, spend so many hours doing tasks, sent hundreds of CVs and there was time I wanted to give up. I had many thoughts saying 'maybe it's not for you?'. And I started to believe in it.
And my job back then wasn't helping me at all. I hated it so much I had to quit. Just like that. I realized that I was in bad position: I haven't had much experience, was a physiotherapist for years and every company had to wait for me to start about month and a half. Because of my job. So I had quit it.
I focused 100% on improving my skills. I had a plenty of time, some money saved for being unemployed for few months, Android course on the way and what was most important:
Recruiter: So, when can you start working at our company?
That was something. Really. Everything has changed. No one wanted to wait for a Baby Junior Developer for so long time! And possibility to have him immediately? Yes, please. But it wasn't enough to get attention. I knew there was someone who wanted me, but when you receive dozens or hundreds of emails everyday, my could just simply disappear between them.
I made a movie. Introvert made a movie. Actually I've been a little tired about answering the same questions for 500 hundreds times but also it was something new. I changed my CV. From then it was simple but also modern.
And I started calling companies.
It's easy to copypast one message 50 times and send it to 50 different companies. Right? There's a little chance someone will find or get interested with your message.
And I called. After this I sent an email with my brand new video CV and waited. That attracted attention. Oh, it did.
To push it even more I posted info on LinkedIn about looking for a job. I didn't expect much and was totally shocked when I've been from 0 to 14 recruiting processes at one time. It was pure madness. Most companies were curious because every one had received my video, so in the end there were only two.
First was quite small software house.
Second was one the biggest and oldest IT company in the world. I was so excited because their offer was so damn good and I almost cried when I had to refuse and chose the first company.
But deep inside I knew that choosing small team will be way better. And this is why:
Big company offered me really good salary as for beginner. And good equipment to work. Really good. And my position? Phew, what a line in CV it would be! But I was a guy who needed guiding, who has to learn fast, a lot, everyday. Will I have this so populated place? My answer was 'no'.
I chose an internship with way lower salary. But what I had was: guidance all the time, I was learning with the project, I met many wonderful and helpful people in one place. I finally got a job I want to go to everyday. My development opportunities? Priceless. I'm already after first promotion and now I've got everything I've ever wanted. Real Junior Developer.
My point is:
a) don't chase money in the beginning. In this time improving skills and learning new are the most important. Salary goes second.
b) big world-popular companies may not be the best choice (don't have to!)
So it's been a year of hard work, disappointments, improving not only my coding skills, but also social and I really had to start believe in myself. And that was the hardest part: to quit my life and start new one.