S2E14: Switching from Public Health to Web Development with Jade Applegate

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In today's episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I talk with Jade Applegate. Jade previously worked in public health as a project manager and business consultant. She now works at Fastly as a user experience engineer.

Jade became interested in coding after she observed her company doing a website update. She followed that interest to General Assembly's web development bootcamp. Jade's transition into tech and her learning process can provide valuable insights to new coders.

In our conversation Jade talks about her bootcamp experience and making the most of the program. She highlights the importance of preparation and asking the right questions in an interview. She also gives her advice on networking and narrowing the choices when looking for a job. Ultimately, Jade reminds us it's easy to become overwhelmed while job hunting. Finding balance is essential in order to stay on track.

Key takeaways:

  • Coding bootcamps require an intense commitment for a limited time. Give it your whole attention and remember that you can get back to normal when it's over.
  • You get out of bootcamp what you put into it. You have to complete the assignments and spend the time to take advantage of the full program.
  • Impostor syndrome is normal. Try your best and focus on learning more rather than what you don't know.
  • When you're looking for a job, leverage every single person you've ever met. The more people you can connect with, the more opportunities you'll have.
  • Don't go into your dream job interview without practice. Get comfortable answering questions and you will feel more prepared walking into the interview.
  • Ask clarifying questions during the interview. The goal is to show that you can communicate as you problem solve and do the work. This helps show the interviewer how you will perform day to day.
  • Narrow your job choices before you start applying. Be specific about what you want in a job and it will help you zero in on companies where you want to work.
  • It's important to find balance during your job search. It can become overwhelming, but take time to relax and give yourself a break once in awhile.

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