Hello there friends!
So I want to write about a recent experience but I can't give away all the details; I hope you understand. Just know that I had my first opportunity to complete a pre-interview code challenge for a job!
Even though I am still enrolled in my program and learning more each and every day, I've been proactive in my job hunt, hoping to make a switch in my career in the very near future mainly because my current job is still on the rocks. I would be happy even if I could score a low-paying internship/apprenticeship in the tech field. A chance to learn on the job would be an invaluable opportunity for me. So knowing that I've started my job hunt a little early in relation to my technical skills, I sensed that this code challenge truly would be just that... a challenge. (I was right!)
I had a week to work my way through 8 challenges consisting of Ruby, Rails and JQuery. I took a mini break from my Sinatra project to jump ahead a bit in my curriculum to start learning more about Rails. Additionally I reached out to Google, and to some of programming friends for a tip or two. Unfortunately, I still couldn't figure it out. As my deadline approached, I realized that I still have a lot to learn. What a humbling experience!
I am determined though. Yes, I already admitted defeat by alerting the company of my incapabilities, but I am still going to solve these problems whether the position will be available to me later or not.