It’s easy to get lost in all of the new tools and concepts – and forget about the goals.
For one, we can organize those in a clear place – where everyone can see them – and help keep you on track.
The other thing that would be great to plan for is: how your story is going to unfold in resume form.
What are your goals?
Things like “Provide for my family” and “be creative” and “get into tech” don’t count. You’ll have to be a lot most specific than that. If you can’t clearly understand the “WHY” of what you are doing, it’s very hard to give it the attention/energy it needs to become a reality.
So, take some time (probably longer than you think) to really clarify what those are. They might be really vague and simple right now. That’s OK. They will change as you learn more about yourself – and the industry. Set a timer and just sit through the awkwardness until the ideas appear.
Create a page on your personal website. You could create a folder called
goals/index.html – to start. You have all the HTML elements to work with. Headings, maybe some lists and list items…
Maybe you want to write them out on paper first? What is the best way to mark up these things? How can you most clearly communicate your current goals?
Give it a shot – and then show it to the group and ask for their thoughts and feedback.
Then – make sure that it all matches up visually with all of the other pages. It should match your chosen visual language, space, contrast, fonts, character, colors, etc.
You might not want it public, – so don’t add a link to that page. But – the students should be able to find it so that we can all compare and help each other clarify the goals.
These are what can drive you each day – to make the most of PE / and actually get you to that goal ASAP. Be as explicit and selfish as possible.
Go big. Get really selfish – and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. This is YOUR vision. Get as wild as you want.
End of course vision
What does that look like? What is your day like? What has changed compared to now? This matters a lot – because this is what we are essentially designing with the course.
End of the month
This may be too early for students in their first month or two, but something besides “get the lessons done” – is going to need to happen to make that vision up there ^ a reality. Ask for help.
End of the week
This is usually taken care of in standup. But you could keep a running list – as you complete them. How would that work?
Maybe it’s on LinkedIn. Maybe it’s in an old PDF. Maybe you feel like your past jobs don’t really line up with this new world of HTML and CSS. But – it probably does.
Spend some time (at the very least) practicing your HTML by marking up your resume. You have headings, and lists, and spans, and emphasis, and fonts – and all sorts of tools. Work through your history and all the various life experience you have had. What did you learn there? How does it all tell that story of who you are / and why your current goals the way they are?
Get it in place at
/resume and share it with the group. We can review the actual code – and also help organize the story in a way that you can start believing in – and that recruiters can look at. Even if you do end up having to send out a PDF of it, it’ll be here for you to review.
You can make different versions of it for different jobs/roles too. And you can put it in version control and save a history of how it changes over time (later!).
Make sure that it all matches up visually with all of the other pages. It should match your chosen visual language, space, contrast, fonts, character, colors, etc.
You might not want it public, – so don’t add a link to that page in your index etc.. But – the students should be able to find it so that we can all compare and help elevate it. Be proud. You’re awesome. So, use this to remind yourself.