Personal Trainer to FrontEnd Developer – The Story of Our Student, Gábor Baranyi

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Gábor Baranyi used to work as a personal trainer, and also held training sessions for groups at a gym. Since then, he has found something that fulfils him, and where he can develop continuously: he is working as a junior frontend developer at a medium-sized company.

I live here: Szeged, Hungary

I work here: Minero IT Hungary KFT.

Time spent studying with CodeBerry: 10 months

I work with: Fujitsu Lifebook A555, Windows 7, IntelliJ, SourceTree

When you’re asked about your profession, how do you answer?

It depends on who’s asking. If it is a professional in the field, I say a frontend developer. If it is a layperson showing some interest, my answer is that I am a programmer or software developer.

What did you do for a living before you switched to web development?

I used to work full time as a personal trainer and held group training sessions at a functional gym. I still offer these group sessions, in addition to working as a programmer.

Why did you decide to start learning web development?

I have always been interested in web design, in how and why a website looks as it does. Besides that, the gym’s webpage was partly managed by us, trainers, so I spent a lot of time writing and designing our WordPress blog, which I really enjoyed.

I spotted a good opportunity on Facebook, where they advertised an online web development course. I looked it up, and I knew that I have to master the ins and outs of this profession on this platform… or at least the basics of it. It was the advertisement of CodeBerry.

How did you learn programming? What kind of courses, books etc. did you use?

After seeing the above-mentioned advertisement, I started to study at CodeBerry’s online course in September 2016, and later I added Codecademy and Udemy courses to my learning resources as well. I searched for and learned specific programming languages on video sharing sites.

What did CodeBerry offer you? What was it like to study at our school?

It was very useful. I really liked your monthly subscription system, because this way I could study at my own pace. I loved the explanations, the examples through which the tasks are presented.

This is how a frontend developer’s desk looks like

Gábor’s Desk

Do you have any experience, tips or tricks to share with those who are just starting their studies?

I find it very important to learn the basics well and to revise the earlier lessons to see the connections and to be able to put the new material in context. Revision is crucial.

Tell me a little about where you work now, what your duties are. What do you do on a typical day or week?

Currently, I work at a Budapest based company’s office in Szeged. We are developing an internal project where I deal with the frontend, consisting of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

I arrive at the office around 8 a.m. and I leave at 5 p.m. I try to do something different when I am not there; training or holding group training, so I can face the next working day energized and refreshed.

Who do you work with, and how do they help your work?

There are currently about 20 people working in the office. I have a mentor helping me with my progress, who also supervises the project we are working on.

What kind of software, tools or technologies do you work with currently?

The development environment is IntelliJ, for version control we use SourceTree and for repo, we use BitBucket.

In the project, we use HTML, CSS (SCSS), jQuery, Angular JS, Angular Material and FUSE.

How long were you looking for a job? Was it hard to find a place to work?

Actually, I was still studying when my friend suggested that I send my CV to the company he works for. They invited me for an interview, and a few weeks later they called me saying that they would like to work with me, based on my performance.

How was the interview process?

After a brief introduction of the company, the interview continued in English, and it was my turn to introduce myself, talk a bit about my private life and about how and where I learned programming, also in English.

This was followed by a technical part, where they assessed my knowledge and gave me a few logic tests to solve.

The whole interview took about an hour.

Do you have any advice for those who are currently preparing for a job interview?

It is very important that everything you say has to be positive. Even if something negative comes up, try to talk about it from a positive aspect or perspective. Always stay confident, and show that you are able and willing to improve in any field.

What is the next step for you? What direction are you taking?

I want to know as much about frontend development as possible and get a taste of backend development as well to see and understand the whole background process.

In our “CodeBerry Student Stories” series we chat with our students who succeeded in finding a job as a developer.

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