This week, I would like to announce that I only have two days left of my WordPress Development Blueprint program. After this Tuesday (4/21), I will be graduating and I can finally venture myself out in to the world. No more imposter syndrome woes,1 and with a shiny certificate, a letter of recommendation or two, and most especially a huge arsenal of tools and support, I can finally declare to the entire world of this fact:
I am a WordPress Web Developer!
I can finally venture out into the world and make my dreams come true of making a lot of money doing something I truly love— at home. During my apprenticeship week, I have watched a good number of very helpful webinars and had constant contacts with the counselors and instructors on how to fine-tune myself as a fresh WordPress developer, from portfolio tips to resume tips. I had to squeeze in as much time as I can during these few weeks because I had been spending a lot of my time at work (of course) and hanging out with my cousins visiting from the Philippines, whom I haven’t seen since childhood.2 In addition to that, with the new love of my life, my confidence just suddenly boost up to do the things I always wanted to do and a few things that I was finally able to accomplish. Here are my recent few weeks so far:
- So far, I have accomplished one thing at my work. As a temp agency employee who have been working part-time at Amazon for seven months now, I applied and got accepted in the Associate Safety Committee (ASC) — leaders who inspire and promote and aid fellow employees safe practices at work. There are still a lot of (stubborn) people among my co-workers who still do unsafe practices on the floor regardless of all the safety tips and standard work tips that has been always brought up and discussed on our stand-up meeting before we head to work. That’s mostly because not everyone is listening. I think that joining the ASC would help come up with ideas to… educate… these hardheaded3 associates that safety should always be the priority in a warehouse work setting.
- A few weeks ago, I signed up, or rather, trying to sign up, to join the volunteer WordPress Theme Team. Because I’m nearing graduation and I still need to prepare myself to really establish myself as a real deal developer, I thought that giving back to the awesome people who created this awesome blog system is one of the best ways for me to continue learning beyond graduation. I could go back to good ol’ Udemy to study more, but I would probably just focus on learning the extras.4
- Becoming more active at the Skillcrush Mightybell Community, not just as a student, but someone who also provides news, tips, and updates to the entire community, my teachers, my classmates, etc. That includes volunteer opportunities, job opportunities, and deals to free resources that benefit web designers and developers. This little requirement may even help me win a Happiness Engineer job at Automattic.5
- I started working on my portfolio and I’m now working on it in my local machine. My counselor told me to focus now on this portfolio than the assignments that still left me scratching my head all the time.
There’s more but then I’m running out of time because it’s almost 3am here.
As of today, I can finally shout out: GRADUATION~!
On the sidenote...
- more on this later… this is actually a very important issue us (aspiring) web designers and developers must overcome! [↩]
- it’s sad…. seriously… [↩]
- not all, mind you… [↩]
- ie. Genesis Framework themes, Photoshop PSDs to WordPress themes, etc. [↩]
- Who knows, maybe I can even get a remote job working for Skillcrush. Lots of the instructors and teaching assistants have. [↩]