Welcome to Learn to Code With Me’s first podcast episode! To start off this series I talk with Adda Birnir, the co-founder and CEO of Skillcrush.
Adda highlights the importance of following your interests and asking a lot of questions. She also suggests finding a supportive community to help guide you as you learn.
We get to hear about Adda’s early learning attempts and the way she landed her first few projects. She talks about building confidence and valuing your skillset, even when you feel unqualified. We also discover the best way to streamline the learning process so you get the most value in the shortest period of time.
Overall, Adda offers practical advice on transitioning to a career in tech, learning new skills, and turning those skills into real earnings.
- Start by asking questions. Find people who are doing what you want to do and volunteer to help. The more experience you have, the closer you are to your goal.
- Good research skills make all the difference. If you know how to find the answers, you can solve the problem.
- Have a comprehensive learning plan to prevent wasting time. You can stumble your way through it, but you may end up missing out on important aspects of the learning process.
- Free work can be a great way to add things to your portfolio if you don’t have much experience, but paid work should always be the goal.
- Embrace not-knowing as part of learning. You will always be in the process of improving your skillset. The only way to go from not ready to ready is by working your way through a lot of projects.
- You may think your skillset is incomplete, but even basic skills can be valuable to other people.
- You don’t have to know it all to start getting paid for your work. You can get paid for skill A and then learn more and get paid for skill B. Value where you’re at, as well as where you’re going.
- Building websites is a perfect market for beginners because a lot of people don’t have the money to spend on a high-end developer. The more people who know what you’re doing, the more opportunities you’ll have.
- Get involved in an online or in-person community. You can Google your way into coding, but you’ll learn a lot faster by interacting with other people who are doing the same thing as you, especially when they have more experience.
Links and mentions from the episode:
- Code Your Way to 1k
- Adda on Twitter @addabjork
- Skillcrush’s 10-day free Coding Bootcamp
- Free portfolio course
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