On this episode of Ruby for All, Andrew and Julie are excited to have as their guest, Adrian Valenzuela, who’s a Ruby Developer, open source contributor, and maintains a tutorial blog called, Mugen Ruby. Today, Adrian talks about how he got into web development and picking up contract gigs, which he was hired for based on his involvement in the community rather than just his skills. He also dives into his experience and struggles with various corporate job interviews, and the different type of tests he’s taken in interviews. Adrian shares advice how finding a community of people and sharing knowledge is important to overcome struggles, and how he’s going to continue to write tutorials, contribute, help others, and build while waiting for a corporate job to arise. Press download to hear more!
[00:00:53] Adrian talks about his background as a barber and how he got into full-time web development in 2020 due to the pandemic.
[00:04:38] We find out when he started picking up contract gigs but found interviewing for corporate jobs to be a beast, his struggles with the interviews, and how he found it easier to get contract jobs through referrals or another way.
[00:07:47] Julie wonders what the process was like for his contract job, how he connected with a person at RailsDevs, and explains he was hired based on his involvement in the community rather than just his skills.
[00:11:35] Adrian gives us some details on how interviews are structured currently, including types of questions and assessments that are used. He tells us about technical tests, some ghosting after taking tests, and how there’s a lot of competition out there.
[00:15:15] Adrian is currently working on a project implementing an MVP from scratch, and he’s planning to continue writing tutorials, contributing, and building while waiting for corporate opportunities to arise.
[00:17:36] If you’re in the same position as Adrian and experiencing the same kind of struggles, he shares some advice on what’s helped him the most.
[00:21:03] Find out where you can find Adrian and his blog online.
- (00:00) - Background as a barber turned developer
- (04:38) - Struggles with corporate job interviews
- (07:47) - Hired based on community involvement
- (11:35) - Interviews structure and types of tests
- (15:15) - Building and contributing while waiting for corporate opportunities
- (17:36) - Advice for overcoming job search struggles
- (21:03) - Where to find Adrian and Mugen Ruby online
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