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.
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- 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.
Links and mentions from the episode:
- Madison’s website
- Wes Bos
- Frontend Masters
- Udacity’s Front-End Web Developer Nanodegree
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
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