In today's episode of the Learn to Code With Me podcast, I speak with Stephen Mayeux. Stephen is a former English teacher who spent two years in Korea while teaching himself how to code. He recently returned to the States where he is now a fullstack developer.
Stephen first became interested in coding as a teacher at the University of California. His passion for new methods of teaching led him to create eslhiphop.com and myskypeteacher.com. Those early coding experiences stuck with him and he continued to learn on his own while in Korea.
In our conversation, Stephen talks about the resources he used while learning to code. He shares his tips on applying for jobs and preparing for interviews. He also discusses the importance of LinkedIn when seeking a coding job. Ultimately, Stephen believes that consistency and hard work are the keys to success in the coding world.
- LinkedIn is a great resource when you are looking for coding jobs. It's more meaningful than just a simple resume. It allows recruiters and hiring managers to put a face to a name and makes it more personal.
- Take advantage of the resources available to you when you're learning to code. Check out coding groups on Facebook or courses on Udemy. Keep moving towards your goal, no matter how long it takes.
- It's okay to take a break once in awhile. It's not possible to commit and concentrate fully on everything at once. Give yourself the chance to pause and come back when you're ready to give it 100% again.
- When you're looking for a job, try to keep things cooking on every burner. Set goals, meet with recruiters, go to meetups, and make progress each day.
- Don't forget that your network can be a valuable resource in the job hunt. Friends and acquaintances can get you through doors that might not otherwise be open to you.
- Teaching yourself how to code is not always easy, and it won't happen overnight. It takes good habits and consistent hard work to make progress.
- Don't talk yourself out of the goals you set. You don't have to be a genius or a natural talent to become good at coding. Like anything else, it's an acquired skill. Put in an honest effort and it will happen for you.
Links and mentions from the episode:
- Viking Code School
- S1E12 of the LTCWM podcast
- Facebook’s Net Developer page
- Stephen Grider on Udemy
- Stephen on LinkedIn
- Stephen on Twitter @eslhiphop
- Stephen on GitHub
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