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2020: the summary

Another year has gone by and what a year it’s been! Hell of the rollercoaster ๐ŸŽข ride for most of us, right?
As every December, I like to pause for a minute, create a list of things that were awesome that year, and also some resolutions for the year ahead.
It’s really cool to look back in the past and see how we, and everything around has changed, so let’s look into my last year’s resolutions:

Going into resolutions for 2020, I would like to:

  • attend another hackathon or two,
  • still ace at uni and learn new things (maybe another programming language?),
  • read at least a book a month,
  • travel a little
    and
  • keep on posting here about my dev journey

For obvious reasons I only managed to travel a tiny bit in January and unfortunately didn’t attend any more hackathons, but overall I think I did quite all right! ๐Ÿ˜€
If you’d like to read my full 2019 summary, you can do so HERE.

Awesome things that happened in 2020:

  • Completed 1st year at Uni ( +amazing grades)
  • Attended Work In The Web workshop in Leeds
  • Produced 2 youtube videos
  • Did Happy Hour industry talk (virtually, because lockdown happened)
  • Kept writing blog posts about my dev journey
  • Dev internship!
  • My first paid front end dev position
    so I could…
  • Leave hospitality job!
  • Wrote an article for GirlCode
  • Attended Code First, Girls course (+my project won ๐Ÿ†)
  • learned a lot!
  • Did a little RaspberryPi project
  • Saved some money
  • Bought my first stock shares
  • Didn’t get infected with Covid-19 ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ˜ท

Of course a lot of not-so-good things happened this year too. Both me and my husband being furloughed during the first lockdown, having family member diagnosed with life threatening condition, my sister’s wedding postponed and not able to see my family are just a few of them. However, I always try to find a bright side and focus on the good rather than bad.

What are my resolutions for 2021?

  • keep acing at Uni
  • learn!
  • read at least 1 book a month
  • save money (#housedeposit)
  • keep posting here
  • get a pay-rise
  • go to Poland to see my family
  • not get infected with Covid-19 ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • do some photoshoots

How was your 2019?

Tell me about your wins and achievements this year, and resolutions for the next one!

*Featured image by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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Work In The Web 2020

One of my resolutions for this year was to be open for any opportunity “knocking on my door”. So when I got an email from my course leader about ‘Work in the web’ workshop, I didn’t hesitate to apply. In the end, I had nothing to loose, and loads to gain!

Work In The Web is a 3-day development workshop for students who wants to work in the web industry. The initiative from Mixd agency, based in Leeds, is their way to give back and help out new generations of programmers to learn about to industry, new skills and get the  insight of how it really is like in the real dev world.

There was only 20 spaces available this year, so you can imagine how happy, but also just a tiny bit surprised, I was when I got my acceptance email. The event took place in Leeds, but Solent Uni have gladly agreed to cover the cost of my travel and accommodation for those few days (Yay for attending a great Uni that cares about it’s students ๐Ÿ™Œ)

Journey from Southampton to Leeds is a lengthy 5 hours and 2 changes over in London, but I was excited about going on a great new adventure and to the city that once I was calling my own. (funny fact about Kat- I used to live in Leeds looooong time ago :))

Day 1 began from an informal breakfast and coffee (provided by one of the sponsors). I got to meet and talk to other attendees and all the lovely people from Mixd. Everybody was so nice and you could feel this positive vibe in the air. I instantly knew that this will be great 3 days!

When everyone gathered, we headed upstairs for some talks and lectures. And there was a lot of those that day!

First lecture was all about Design for the Web. Mike has covered basic principles, how to communicate effectively, the use of typography and colours, reading patterns and grids. In the end, he shared what tools they are using in Mixd while designing. I was really happy to know that tools I was encouraged to use at uni for my assignments, are the actual tools used in the industry. Next, we had various talks about workflow, domains, hosting, time management, content for the web, accessibility and SEO. Erin, a lovely studio manager, talked about do and don’ts of applying for a job. After a quick lunch break, Ed and Rory prepared  a workshop to get us all comfortable with the terminal and using Git. To be honest, terminal always scares me for some reason, so I found this panel very helpful. At the end of the day, we all headed to a nearby pub to let of steam from our brains and get to know each other a bit more. After hours of soaking up the knowledge, this was just what we needed.

The second day of the workshop began from a Java Script panel, then Paul from Berwins Digital, one of the guest speakers, came to talk about legal touch points for designers and developers. It’s important to know the law and be safe rather than sorry! (always sign the contract guys! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) The rest of the day we’ve spent learning about Content Management Systems (CMS) and the most popular of all: WordPress.

On day three, Mike Francis from Bulb energy has taught us a lot about APIs (and about this funny 416 response code. aka “I’m not a teapot” ๐Ÿ˜€ ) Alex and Phil then did an amazing talk about UX design and made us all do a sympathy mapping and design our cereal boxes. The last panel was run by Harry Roberts (@csswizardry) about Web Performance. He even gave us some amazing, super secret tips how to improve our websites so they are faster!

There is a saying, that time flies when you’re having fun. I had an amazing time during Work in The Web workshop! Not only I gained a lot of valuable knowledge about the industry, but I also met so many talented people (those working in Mixd but also my fellow attendees! They are a smart bunch and they will go far I’m telling ya!)

Attending this workshop has also reassured me, that what we are taught in Uni, is really what we’ll be using after we graduate! It’s a great feeling, knowing that the course I’m undertaking has an up to date curriculum and I’m not taught old stuff!

For anyone who would like to work in tech, I would highly recommend to apply for the next year edition of WITW.

TL:DR

If you would like to read some more about Work In The Web( or just to see more photos from the event): HERE

Official WITW website: HERE

Mixd twitter: HERE

Photo credits: Mixd + me

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2019: the summary

The year of 2019 is coming to an end so it’s time for a little recap!

Every December I am making two lists, a list of what I did good this year, and a resolutions for a next year. Thanks to being way to organised, I was able to look back on my last years lists, and can happily say that I managed to fulfil most of my resolutions for 2019. Yay for me!

The biggest highlight of this year though, was being accepted to university and literally thriving in the first semester!

Other great things that happened in 2019:

…and a few more achievements which are a bit more personal so I will keep them for myself.

Going into resolutions for 2020, I would like to:

  • attend another hackathon or two,
  • still ace at uni and learn new things (maybe another programming language?),
  • read at least a book a month,
  • travel a little
    and
  • keep on posting here about my dev journey

Do you take time to look back and see how many great things actually happened in the last 365 days, or do u make resolutions for the next year? Let me know in the comments!

*Featured Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

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