Building Portfolio as a Developer and Engineer

This is a brief summary of the I4G Circle monthly community webinar for the month of August 2022.  By Oluwaseun Dabiri. Which I found very beneficial and thought to share.

He went straight to the point, sharing 5 actionable steps we can follow to build our portfolio and put our work Out there. 

  1. Build Projects
    • Take your time to build projects. Search for project inspirations and implement them.
  2. Document Your process
    • Especially for Backend developers use platforms like GitHub gist, swagger, postman, to document your API and share with people who might want to work with them etc.
  3. Write
    •  Capitalize on writing things like solutions to a problem you encountered. Share how you solved it, and others can avoid possible occurrences. 
    • Try challenging yourself to write once a week, or once every two weeks. And be sure to share them on other social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.
    •  Use platforms like Hashnode, Dev.to, and medium. 
    • The more you write the more you become visible.
  1. Contribute
    • Try to look for projects/products on google, GitHub, and the likes to contribute to. 
    • For example, if a designer designs a product. Take it upon yourself to bring the design to life as that contributes to your Portfolio.
    • Contribute to an open-source project. 
    • Contribute to a friend’s project.
  1. Networking and community
    • This is very important, that is how you get people who speak on your behalf. 
    • Join a community and be active. 
    • Attend events: physically or virtually. Effort in attending physical events. Don’t be shy there, get to know people, and introduce yourself.

Advice from questions answered:

  • Whatever your level is, make an effort to contribute still.
  • Your portfolio grows as your experience grows. Do not be shy, just start somewhere. Build the portfolio according to your skill set.
  • Do not lie about your portfolio. Even if it is only HTML you know, write it that way. 
  • To be hired as a frontend developer, most companies prefer that you are at least proficient with one frontend framework.

Resources:

  1. Who is speaking on your behalf by Prosper Otemuyiwa
  2. Check out https://roadmap.sh/ to give you an idea of what you need to acquire knowledge in a particular field + resources.

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