We continue a series of texts where CodeGym University students and graduates share their learning experiences and goals. This story is about Alex Caseres, who learned to program in the Java Fundamentals course, became an intern in the Polish office of the company from the UK, and later got a job offer as a Junior Java developer.
I was offered an internship and after that, a job contractLittle by little, after finishing the modules of Java Fundamentals, I started looking for a job. I went through many interviews and gained lots of experience. Why did I do that? Well, my friends advised me to start. They told me I wouldn’t probably get an offer, but at least I’ll prepare myself beforehand to land a job. I did not expect to receive an offer so quickly! At approximately the end of February 2022, I had an interview with a UK company with offices in Poland. Everything went smoothly during our conversation, and the company offered me join the additional training and internship with them. After that, I received a job offer and a contract to work full-time. Now I am a Junior Java Engineer.
The CodeGym University program is exactly what you need at workI continue my learning as I work full-time. It is challenging to combine work and study, but I somehow manage this. Sometimes, when I do technical assignments at work that require verification by experienced programmers, I get a couple of hours or half a day when I have time to study. The CodeGym University program is exactly what you will need at work. I say this as a person who is already working and has completed an internship.
Two tips for those who want to learn programming
Go to interviews. Conducting interviews is a vital skill. You can be a great programmer but not a great "interlocutor." So you should go through many interviews to become good at it. I just knew that I needed practice and knowledge: what questions they ask you and how to answer them.
Just start. Read articles, solve tasks, and in a couple of months, you will understand that you can write some programs and create basic APIs. So little by little, you will become a programmer.
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