Dream job 🦄: from student to front-end dev

May 22, 2017 · Orlando, United States of America

For May, we’re shaking things up a bit and hosting our first-ever student meetup! Hello, fellow kids!

Main session: Dream job 🦄
As a college student studying web or digital media, you learn the fundamentals of your craft and may even get an internship that sets your expectations for the real world. But even with the perfect college experience, it’s still tough to land that first job. And not everyone gets it right the first time.

For our meetup, you’ll get to meet a panel of 3 local industry pros Aimee Booth (@ae_booth, Izea), Nick Walsh (@nickawalsh, Envy), and Carlos Souza (@caike, Code School) talking about:

• how they landed a sweet setup
• their not-so-glamorous journey, and pitfalls along the way
• things they wish they would have learned as a student.
• how the industry has rapidly changed in the last couple years

There’ll also be time for some Q&A afterward.

Pre-meetup: Resume/Portfolio review
If you want an extra pair of eyes on your resume and portfolio, send an email before the meetup to [masked], and I’ll share it with our professional panel and give you expert-level feedback. Include some specific questions like “How’s my optimization?” or “Can my animations be more performant?” (good), not general questions like “What do you think?” (bad).

We won’t have time in the meetup to review everyone’s portfolio, which is why we ask you email before May 22. But if you show up, we’d love to talk with you more in-person about your work.

For first-time attendees
This meetup is 100% free (and there’s usually food)! It’s simply a community service made possible by sponsors like Envy and Code School. Meetups are a way to learn from other local developers as well as get connected to employers looking to hire. Others attend for the same reasons you do: they want to meet other people with common interests. It’s a safe, welcoming atmosphere of people wanting to connect to their community.

You don’t have to be a student, or a member of anything, or even know that much about web development. Just make sure to RSVP to the event just so we know how many to accommodate.

For regulars
If you’ve been coming for a while and aren’t a student, please think about attending simply to talk with the students (I can point you out if you’d like). If it’s not your bag, we get it. We’ll resume normal talks in June. But if you’re a long-time professional and you aren’t mentoring anyone, this month is a great way to give back.

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