There are a number of different steps that bridge the gap between being able to code, and signing your first job offer. The natural progression is:

  • Learning to code
  • Applying to positions
  • Getting an interview
  • Getting an offer
  • Accepting the offer
  • Working as a developer
  • Getting your next job

Navigating the transition between each stage can be difficult. For some people, the process is easy. But for most, it’s not that simple. We brought together three Firehose alumni who landed awesome jobs as web developers to give you their advice for navigating the job market and transitioning from a bootcamp grad to a coding professional.

Take it from someone who has been in your shoes! Hear what they have to say about it all, from getting your foot in the door to leveraging the most valuable asset.

Meet the Panel

Getting Your Foot in the Door

Just getting your foot in the door at companies can be a challenge. How do you get an interview? What can you do to get into the doors of companies? And how should you approach them?

The Interview

Let’s talk about the capital-“I” Interview. What is the interview process like? What types of questions will you be asked? What are some good questions to have? How will your coding skills be evaluated?

A Day in the Life of a Developer

What is it really like to be a web developer? What does a typical day look like? What do you do all day? What are the most valuable skills to have?

Advice to Your Past Self

What things did you do while you were learning to code that served you well in the job search process? Was there anything you wish you had done differently, or focused on more for the experience?

Your First Job versus Your Second One

Is it easier to find your next job than it is to find your first? What are the differences between your first and second jobs? How big of a difference does it make to have some work experience?

Final Piece of Advice

What’s your best advice for people who are looking to land their first position as a web developer?

Now we’ll share some insight on the questions we received from the audience!

How to Measure Your Growth and Progress

How will employers gauge your progress and growth? In what ways can you evaluate your own growth?

Finding Job Flexibility

What about the non-engineering parts of the company? Is it easy or difficult to get involved in the greater business? Is it acceptable or frowned upon?

Types of Employers: The Good and The Bad

Let’s talk about different types of employers. What should you look for in a company? What kind of employers are more likely to give new developers a chance? What defines a bad company to work for? What about a good one?

It’s About Programming

Finding good job opportunities in your area can be a challenge. What should you do when the language you’ve learned isn’t quite relevant where you live?

How to Know What to Apply For

How do you know what job listings to apply for? How do you read the listings? In what ways can you determine the opportunities that are best for you?

Advice for Students Applying to Internships

Let’s talk a bit about students who are applying to internships in web development. How does the process differ from the standard job application process? How can internships benefit you? What’s the best way to land one?

Most Valuable Asset

We tie up our panel with this capstone question: What did you find to be your most valuable asset in the job hunt and interview process?

See the full collection of videos on our panel playlist and connect with more of our alums in our Firehose community!

AuthorKen Mazaika

Ken Mazaika is the CTO and co-founder at Firehose. Previously, he was a tech lead at (acquired by PayPal) and a member of the PayPal/eBay development team in Boston.

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