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S4E4: From Fashion Model to Frontend Developer With Madison Kanna

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In just one year, Madison Kanna transitioned careers from fashion model to software engineer. She is now a fullstack developer at Conversio, and in her spare time blogs about development and life at MadisonKanna.com. Madison has also created a Udemy course, JavaScript For Beginners.

Listen to the episode for the story of Madison's journey from homeschooler to college dropout to fashion model to frontend and then fullstack developer. Along the way, she shares thoughts on productivity, working remotely, pursuing your passions, landing that first job, learning by teaching, and more.

Disclosure: I’m a proud Udemy affiliate. If you buy a Udemy course through my links on this page, I may get a small commission for referring you. Thanks!

Key takeaways:

  • Cheap or free online courses are a good way to discover that you have what it takes and empower yourself for your dream career.
  • When applying for jobs, think about your personal brand and how you can provide value to the company, particularly if you have a non-traditional background. Use your differences to your advantage.
  • You don’t have to be an expert to teach others/share what you know. Go to a meetup and give a talk or write a blog post–teaching helps you learn!
  • As a junior developer, working remotely can be good if you have the self-discipline. Without the distractions/interruptions of an office setting, you can focus on coding.
  • Pick a project that excites you and involves something besides coding. Development combines well with other passions.

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