How to Figure Out What You Want to Do, with Scrimba Student Amy

Meet Amy Posten πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ! Amy was a veterinary technician for fifteen years before she decided to switch careers. First, she discovered freeCodeCamp while on maternity leave. Later, she joined a premium bootcamp but didn't feel quite ready to apply for coding jobs afterward, so she turned to Scrimba to polish her skills. Nowadays, she's a front-end engineer and instructor.

In this episode, you'll learn how to figure out what kind of job you want and what was a small change in her job-hunting approach that brought Amy immediate results. You'll discover what are the gaps in knowledge one might have after a bootcamp, and how you can make learning to code less lonely. Finally, Amy and Alex discuss generative AI tools and how you can use them in your job hunt.

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⏰ Timestamps
  • How Amy became a Veterinary Technician (01:32)
  • Maternity leave on freeCodeCamp, and a career change brought up by the pandemic (04:38)
  • Why Amy likes JavaScript, HTML, and CSS (06:59)
  • Why Amy decided to join a bootcamp (08:56)
  • The importance of getting to connect with people (11:16)
  • Social media break with Jan the Producer (12:43)
  • How to make learning to code less lonely (14:12)
  • Joining a bootcamp is like drinking from a fire hose (16:27)
  • Amy discovered Scrimba through her bootcamp! (18:31)
  • After the bootcamp, Amy also joined the Scrimba bootcamp (19:37)
  • Why Amy decided to start from scratch on Scrimba (21:35)
  • How Amy found her north star and became a teacher (24:48)
  • Amy changed her approach to job applications and got immediate results! (28:26)
  • Amy's reach-out strategy and how she got a job interview at the company she currently works at (31:52)
  • How to figure out what kind of job you want (35:11)
  • Amy's job interview (36:04)
  • How to use AI tools in your job hunt (40:22)
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How to Figure Out What You Want to Do, with Scrimba Student Amy
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