One Does Not Simply

It was in July 2018 when my journey began. I was two years into my job as a Starbucks barista when an algorithm or two started sending numerous coding bootcamp ads and videos on Reddit and YouTube. Needless to say, the algorithms had the right idea because I certainly got hooked after a month of pushing through the complex unknown. The process was intimidating, but each lesson finished granted me immediate gratification after witnessing my code work! …

Note: Please read my other medium story for context.

Learning Timeline — July 2018 to July 2020


Feb — May

Codecademy — Intermittent Python / JavaScript Lessons (testing the waters)


Codecademy — Started & Finished Python CourseLambda School — Started HTML / CSS / JavaScript Free Course


Codecademy — Started & Finished JavaScript CourseFreeCodeCamp — Intermittent HTML/CSS LessonsLambda School — Finished HTML / CSS / JavaScript Free CourseLambda School — Failed to Enter Lambda School


FreeCodeCamp — Finished HTML / CSS Course


FreeCodeCamp — Started JavaScript Course


FreeCodeCamp — Finished…


These tips were made mostly for self-taught devs looking for their very first job. While I believe that nearly everyone has the potential to learn how to code, use your own judgment whether it is a true fit for you. Not all of our experiences will be the same but hopefully my tips will be of some help.

Learning Tips

  1. Take it one day at a time but stay consistent.
  2. Set an achievable goal for yourself. For example, finishing a 40 hour JavaScript course within 2 months.
  3. Do not compare yourself to others, especially in regards to learning speed…

Cara Lagumen

software developer est 7.2020 lvled up from ⭐bucks barista 100% self-taught part-time est 7.2018

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