Conf42 Mobile 2022 - Online

How to kickstart as iOS developer

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In the talk, Ivan will address the following: - How to kickstart as an iOS dev today? - What are the best goals for beginners? - What is the difference between private schools and public courses? - Is it worth it to be an iOS dev?


  • Ivan: I'm going to tell you how to kickstart your IELTS career. He says there are three steps: education, GitHub and first job. Ivan: Record your interview to get back to any question at any time. It's important to have a good supervisor.


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Hey everyone, I'm Ivan and today I'm going to tell you how to kickstart your IELTS career. I'm working as iOS software engineer for the last seven years and heading back. I could give you some advices that could improve your way along this trip. So basically, all of this coming to base roadmap with three simple stages with one huge theme behind them, which we will cover later. So the first step is of course it says education. And when we're talking about education, I was working as a teacher and professional instructor for iOS courses alone, six years or something like that. So basically, first thing you should know that anyone could code and you should just find out if it belongs to you or not. So just give it a shot. If you feel like it's yours, continue working on it. Select some basic courses that don't have any prerequirements, so you could start as completely beginner and carefully read them lesson by lesson, finish assignment by assignment. Just be patient and it will work for you. So depending on course, you could learn basics or whole stuff at the same time. I prefer to have them in small chunks, so it's better to break down things to just give information with small portions. But anyway, after you get the basics you could learn the object oriented programming. Also combine it with user interface. Doesn't matter, it will be Swiftui or just regular interface builder things. After this you could get patterns, some kind of delegation, or something more general like MVVM, MVC MVP. So as the finish of this education process, you should have basically three things that you will learn. So first and most important thing, iOS, you should know how to learn things out of those things that you already learned. So basically if you know how to make, I don't know, simple loop that iterate through collection, you should get how to iterate through multidimensional collection or something like that. So basically you should know how to use those building blocks to build more complex programs. You should know how to Google things, how to apply solutions from stack overflow to your code to make it work. And yeah, that's the most important skill of the programmers. Basically you need to know how to solve the problems by yourself. The second thing I think you should come up with after your education process, it's your GitHub profile. So it will be nice to see your GitHub profile. If I will hire you as a junior developer just to see the dynamics of your study with some kind of demo projects or something like that, it will be also very cool. And the third part, which is absolutely optional, but it will be a large benefit in your resume if you've done some application and put it to App Store. Yeah, that's really matter. So it will be really nice to have it on your resume. Some link to your GitHub and link to your app on the App Store. So basically this is it about education. And after that we could switch to the next step, which is first job. So after you've done your resume with links to GitHub and your app, you could search for vacancies on the jobs job sites and get all the technical requirements out of them to the list and just go through this list and find the blind spots, work on them, improve yourself on tech side. You don't have to know everything about for example foundation and UI kit, it just means that you have to know the general things. I don't know, maybe it's like ras dictionaries, how they work, objects versus structures, what is swift and so on. So basically after you get your tech prep, you could apply for these positions and go to interview. So for example, you get to interview, you've done the first step which is recruiting and then you get to technical part of the interview. So the main thing you should learn about and the main tip that I will give you on this step, it's just record your interview to get back to any question at any time. So basically, even if you fall this interview and it wasn't great for you, you could just get back to this recording and try to improve yourself based on what you did before. Of course ask for feedback. So maybe engineers or interviewer will give you the feedback and find out your weak spots as well. But if you record your interview, it will be really nice to have this record for your own purposes. When, when. So when company asks you about, do you have any questions about company, it's really important to ask about what team you apply for, what will be the team. So you could also, in some cases you could also talk to team members, find out is it a good fitment with you? And yeah, it's really important to have a good supervisor. So basically it's your first job, you will spend something like half of year or year or maybe two years in there. So if you get good supervisor, it means that your learning curve will be dramatically increased and you get a lot of new stuff out of them. It's much better than work as a single developer on your first job. Believe me, it wasn't good experience for me. So yeah, just look for some opportunities with good team and good supervisor. After that you could accept the offer. Don't accept the first offer you get because you always could say that I need one more week or something like that to wait for another offer and just compare them and then just make your decision. So as a conclusion on the first job, you should get the most of it. So basically just find the right spot, find the best, find something that works best for you. So the next step is building career. So basically it just breaks down to two by two blocks when the time when I should step up or ask for a raise or change company. And what's the red flags around all this stuff that I have on current company. For example, for example, if you see that your skills doesn't improved for the last two years is definitely the red flag. So maybe it's time to change the team or change the company. If you don't have any challenges and you just sit down and make down all the tasks like routine, it also could be a red flag. So you don't have any kind of progress, you're just doing your things. So basically if you feel like that, just ask about changing the team, find out what works best for you. But in my case, the best opportunities comes up when I go to interview to other companies, something like every six months, you could just go to interview, check out your skills, find out what's the purposes of other companies, what's their propose and yeah, that will be a great experience as well. So maybe everything was changed around for the last two years, but from my experience, every time, every time I go to some interviews I learn something new. Even if you don't want to change your current job, if you have some offers on hand, it will be good reason to get some raise and so on. So all of these steps are important, but most important thing here and it's going behind all of the things is of course it's networking. So networking is major thing that you should pay attention. A lot of my career solutions or decisions were made because of people around me. So basically it's like when you go into some place to some hackathons or just conferences, meetups or something like this, you have cool opportunity to make some connections with people. And who knows, maybe those people will change your life or just will become good friends, give some advice to you or something like that. Basically it's a huge part of all of these things that going on. So yeah, build your network. It's really important after all. As a summary, I would like to say that don't hesitate to spend more time on education process. So for some of my students that was from like two months or three months, they become a developers. Other guys finish their projects in one year or so. So basically it doesn't matter how much time you will spend, it's matter of quality of your education. So just be sure that you get all the topics and invest in your education. Be careful with your first job. So I don't recommend you to be as a solo developer. It's better to find a team that will grow you up. Be open for the challenges. So if you feel like this is the challenge for me, so 100% it's the right spot for you. So after you best this challenge, you will feel that your skill is grow and you can move on and do more with this experience. Of course communication is a key to everything because all this it thing is not only about software, it, it's more about people who you work with. So basically communicate to people, build your connections, build your network, it's really important. And stay tuned and enjoy your developers journey. Have a nice day.

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