Foot in the Door

Free book about breaking into tech as a self taught engineer

A software engineers personal story from graduating college with an art degree to teaching herself to code by making web games, building her portfolio, and landing her first job as a developer. Interlaced with advice and takeaways for those just starting out.
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Hey Product Hunt! I made this book as a resource I wish I had when I was starting out. I was inspired to start writing the book about a year ago but originally was going to write about my whole tech career. This turned out to be an overwhelming task because I've job hopped a many times. As a result, I stopped working on the book for a while. Fast forward to the beginning of October and I found out about the Just F*ing Ship It Challenge sponsored by Women Make. It occurred to me that I could shorten the book and write about the beginning of my tech journey getting my foot in the door, rather than needing to cover every single job I've had. There are so many resources out there for learning to code, but what about maintaining motivation and persistence during the hard times? It's easy enough to google different technologies but what about figuring out which courses are right for you and your learning style? These are the types of things I tackle in the book. Honestly even with the final product at 70 pages I still feel like there is so much more to say. Being a woman with an arts background I experienced a great deal of imposter syndrome, self doubt, and anxiety during my transition. I hope this book helps other non traditional folks enter the tech field feeling like they have more resources at their disposal. If I managed to do it, I believe with determination and patience you can do it too!