Mission Berlin 2017

I haven’t really been able to write for quite a while. The reason being: I moved from my quiet country life in Ireland back into the city of Berlin in order to start a new life – and an actual career in tech.

Despite the whole process being somewhat tiring, running through loopholes in buerocracy and copying and printing and scanning and downloading and uploading and filling out all kinds of papers for everrr…. and having little to no money at all, I finally came to a point where I can say:

The worst is over. I made it, I am here.

I managed to apply for Jobseekers benefit and also managed to receive a so called “Bildungsgutschein” (education voucher) which is given by the German government to people who need a short-term career change or reorientation in order to prevent uemployment. They will pay for my three month long full time Web Developer course at careerfoundry.com. Now, this wasn’t all that easy, but a couple of months ago when I started studying web development on my bed in rural western Ireland, this had just been a remote idea. I didn’t even think I would consider moving back to Berlin at all. Yet, here I am, about to start a course which will allow me to really become a professional developer in a short time. What a lucky bastard_ess I am.

And the third and most difficult accomplishment of all: I found an apartment. My own small cute Berlin apartment. After only 2 weeks of searching, I was offered a place. And what’s best about it? It is amidst a green, quiet park where I see squirrels and sheep while still being relatively central and well connected to public transportation. I couldn’t have asked for more.

I also started earning some small money on the side with offering transcription service on fiverr. I already had a handful of clients and it is a good source to make some bucks on the side (tax-free, but fiverr takes 20% of everything, so you do pay some kind of levy).

Unfortunately, I did not have as much time to code as I would have wished. Finding an apartment in Berlin is basically a full-time job. And now there will be a time of signing contracts (flat and developer course) and I hope to be able to move in right before starting the course. And oh, the flat is completely empty! There is not even a lightbulb! But hey, let’s see how this will unfold. What is sure that I feel just ready to start the next challenges.

I have my goals set, at least: Learn Ruby, learn Rails, deepen Javascript and different frameworks, get professional in WordPress and get tonnns of practise!

Eliane ♥

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Recruiters: Tech vs. CS

I just received my first job invitation, through LinkedIn – from a recruiter looking for a front-end developer who is willing to relocate to Germany and work for a bunch of apparently cool bio.scientists. He uses phrases like: “No doubt I am recruiter number 101 to promise you the dream role…bla bla bla…. what if I could say….actually I know these guys, I have known them for 4+ years….” or “I can honestly say if there is even 1% of you open to a new role, than let’s chat.”

Well, that caught my attention! I mean, it’s a little too casual even for my standards, but he clearly tries to make the job interesting to me and clearly wants me to get in touch.

Obviously this job is way ahead of me, and I am nowhere near taking a role as a JavaScript frontend-dev. But why I am writing this is because want to share the difference between recruiters that offer Customer Service jobs (whom I had to deal with for years now) and the way you get spoken to when they believe you are a developer.

To compare that, I want to paste in some snippets of InMail I received over the last years of recruiters trying to find anyone willing to take the “exciting new opportunity” (= boring, poorly paid CS role) with them.

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Galway, Git & Guinness

It is done. I quit my job, yesterday was my last day! Here I am, freedom!

Right after work I drove my car, myself and my stuff from Shannon to Galway, where I had booked accommodation on Airbnb for the next week. After that, I have no plans, but I am open to everything! Life, show me your magic! ♥

I arrived in Galway in the evening and it was raining heavily. I decided for a welcome pint in a local Galway pub, which is something I always do when I return to my favourite place in Europe. I went to the Salthouse, famous for crazy beer, and when I sat outside I started chatting with two young Irish guys who were both in tech (one stuying IT/Networking, the other one working as a software programmer). It was great to talk tech with them and I picked up a few new terms I had’t heard before. Then I checked into my Airbnb in Roscom near the sea.

The place is affordable, cosy and the host is very friendly. He even made me breakfast! And not only that – he also turns out to be a recent “Software Development” graduate from GMIT (one of Galway’s Universities). Now I see why it is a brilliant idea for me to hang around this city – because there are so many tech students around I will be able to learn from.

This morning during breakfast, I started chatting with Sean about programming languages. He repeated what the guy from the pub had told me yesterday – about this fancy thing (err… fullstack javascript framework) called “mean”: http://mean.io/

We then came to talk about Git and he confirmed to me how important it is to know how it works.  The conversation turned into a mini tutorial and he helped me to install Git on my computer, showed me how to push the files into the .git folder, how to upload them to Github after and also how to add the changes to the Repository. Yay Sean!

Git

Here is the freshly uploaded Repository of my website on Github: https://github.com/BohemianCodes/BohemianCodes.com

Eliane ♥