I never went to a good school, college, or university. Can I still become a good programmer and get recruited by the top companies?

I never went to a good school, college, or university. Can I still become a good programmer and get recruited by the top companies?

Well.

Well done on recognising that the ‘odds are forever against you’ to invert The Hunger Games strapline

Yes you are from:

  • A developing country
  • A no-name university

Which means an ambitious man can do two things:

  • Get upset and feel the situation is hopeless (as we all do sometimes)
    • This is self-pity
  • An also realise that:

I would suggest a blanket bombing approach day 1:

  • Brush up your resume
  • Join an online coding school in the languages of your choice
  • Document your journey via a:
    • Blog
    • Twitter
    • Just SOMETHING online
  • Start a creative coding project
    • An app for Android or IOS
  • Contribute to an Open Source project
    • Develop upon other people’s work
  • Pick up interesting freelance projects
    • Porftfolio build!
  • Keep learning, keep reading
  • Look into the Visa’s surrounding:
    • Entry to the States
  • Look into College applications
    • What scholarships are available?
    • What is the international application process like?
  • Look into local living costs
    • If you get to move over there. Now you know how much money you’ll need
  • Look into doing a cheap trip out to visit your favourite companies/colleges
    • Work out flight costs, accommodation, food, return flights
    • Go and see them all :slight_smile:

And realise that every Goliath was once a David. Live your dream and push.

Also you have internet I see.

So there are no ‘reasons’ to not try your darn best. There are actions or excuses.

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