I'm Hasan, a self-taught software developer from the UK with over 4 years experience in the software development industry. My goal is to help beginner self-taught developers (without computer science degrees) land their first job as a software developer.
Below we will cover my own journey to getting hired as a software developer and how you can do it too! Scroll down to read more.
Raised by a single mother along with three siblings, in a council house in England, Luton (voted worst town in UK). My childhood was a unpleasant experience so I escaped to the internet.
During my early teens I mostly played online community games like Habbo Hotel and Runescape to make e-friends. For a brief period I was "e-famous" on habbo hotel for being worth the most thrones (considered currency).
I finished high school and college with average grades and then graduated with a Biomedical science degree from a mid tier university with a goal to become a medical doctor.
After working in a hospital, I found the cost/benefit of being a doctor made it not a worthwhile career path to pursue for myself.
I first wrote code at university using a programming language called MATLAB to plot some points on a graph but it wasn't until I read about Elon Musk and the Paypal Mafia that the idea of learning to code really occured to me. They managed to build Paypal with problem solving skills, little resources, few entry barriers and little red tape. I thought what other skill could provide an opportunity to have so much automonomy aswell as a stable, high earning career.
After reading books and watching hundreds of youtube videos about software development I came to the realisation that, software developement seemed like an industry that suited me.
So I applied for a customer support role at a software startup in another country. I was accepted and my starting salary was £2.49 an hour but it was a good chance to get software development industry experience.
After working at the customer support role for a few months I decided to spend my savings on a 3 month intensive coding bootcamp. As I spent all my money on the bootcamp I also had to work at my customer support role part time to support my living costs. This meant attending the bootcamp and working at my customer support role in the evening (I would not recommend this).
At the end of bootcamp we took the photo on the right. By this time I was burnt out. Can you spot my exhausted face?
After the bootcamp I was offered the opportunity to work as an "apprentice software developer" at the company where I worked in a customer support role. After several months at the apprentice position I was finally given the title "software developer!
I remember viewing the company about page and seeing my name next to the word 'developer' and feeling a sense of extreme pride.
Although it might not seem like a big deal I had invested thirteen months, thousands of pounds and my wellbeing into this title, but it was all worth it. That night when I arrived at my tiny studio, filled with software developer books and note, I covered my face into my pillow and wept. Mission accomplished.
It's been nearly five years since I decided to become a software developer and have now worked in the industry for the past 4 years. Working as a software developer has given me an interesting career with alot of freedom and has given me the ability to make a high income, travel the world, meet interresting people and have tremendous experiences. The picture on the right, is me on Jetski exploring the islands of the Phillipines.
Nowerdays, I seek to use my experiences to help self-taught developers early in their journey learn the skills neccesary land their first job and navigate the industry. I'm your shortcut to landing a solid software developer job. I've gone through the process and have helped others, and can help you do the same. Trust me.
If you are a self-taught software developer or are looking to make a switch to a career in software development or early in you software development journey or having a difficult time landing a software developer job I really believe I can help you acheive your goals and it would be an honour to help.
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