Introduction from a <= junior developer looking for work and mentorship

From: Kevin M.
Sent on: Friday, August 24, 2012 10:11 AM
Hello NYC.rb Group,

I am a self-taught Ruby enthusiast moving up to North Jersey from Wilmington, NC next weekend with the sole purpose of joining the NYC Ruby community, continuing to learn as much as I can about ruby/full stack development, and creating a career switch from a sales & marketing background in TV advertising. After building a small static website for a TV client last year, I became instantly hooked on consuming as much coding knowledge as I can. Several months (and 400+ hours of self taught studies) later, I am now making moves to become a full stack developer.

I do have one RoR app in production using RefineryCMS for a small HVAC company here in Wilmington. Even though it is live, it is not complete. Critique is welcome. You can see the live site here or view the source code on Github. I know the code is ugly but it is live and I've learned a lot in the process.

I have a lot of work to do before I feel I am employable at even a junior level. I applied to the Flatiron School, interviewed, and was accepted to join their first class this Fall (Oct 2 - Dec 21). I've been torn between quitting my current job for 3 months to focus on this full-time or trying to find a dev job at my current skill level. After much consideration, I've decided to take the leap and join the course as a way to level up and (hopefully) secure a jr. level position on the other end. Avi Flombaum and Adam Enbar are really passionate about this project which really helped with my decision. It's going to be an intense 12 weeks but I am really stoked on it.

I would love to meet anyone who is interested in causally mentoring a (not quite) jr. developer. I'd be happy to write documentation on your projects or pair on any task. I am also looking to speak with any company who is interested in talking about employment opportunities upon my completion of Flatiron School.

I'll look forward to meeting some of you at the Sept. 11 talk at Pivotal Labs. Anyone interested in meeting up before or after, let me know and I would love to talk. Thanks!

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Kevin McNamee

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