Welcome to the "CodeNewbie Community Spotlight" — a series where we interview an individual from our community and highlight all that they've accomplished. We can't wait to celebrate our CodeNewbie community in a new and different way each month!
Name: Jos O'shea
I’d ideally like to work as a developer on a small team at a socially responsible company building projects that are doing good for the world and creating meaningful positive experiences for the users. A bonus would be if the company also had a strong focus on the visual design and user experience of their projects especially in regards to accessibility because I think those are such important aspects of the web today.
I’m generally a pretty community-minded person, I’ve started both online and IRL communities and I think having people to share experiences with makes them more meaningful. One of the things I’ve noticed while getting back into coding is that when you try to talk about the specifics of what you’ve been up to with non-technical friends, you’ll quickly see their eyes glaze over as you rattle on about the cool thing you did with the new framework you’re learning. As a result, finding spaces with people who have shared interests seemed like an obvious step, I’m now in multiple coding and tech Slacks and Discords and I even reconnected with an old Tinder match who had graduated from a coding Bootcamp. Attending CodeLand this year as my first tech conference was also super rewarding to participate in and despite being virtual led to cool connections with others!
As someone with ADHD, I struggle with Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria especially when it comes to applying to jobs. The idea of being rejected from a position I applied to would be so intimidating to me that I just wouldn’t apply at all. As I’ve started coding and reading about other early-career dev’s job hunting experiences I’ve tried to apply to jobs I’m interested in even though I know I’m not the most qualified candidate to try and get over that and it’s been going well, No offers yet though :)
I’m pretty passionate about self-propelled transportation, I don’t own a car, have never driven regularly, and my primary transportation is my bike. I also once walked with a group of friends from Lexington, KY to Chicago, IL and I regularly go on long-distance bike tours for vacation.
To read more about Jos' coding journey, you can follow them here on CodeNewbie Community @whatnotery.