How to become a successful Junior Developer with Danny Thompson

JAN 11, 202239 MIN
The Scrimba Podcast

How to become a successful Junior Developer with Danny Thompson

JAN 11, 202239 MIN


🎙 About the episode

Meet Danny Thompson 🇺🇸! Danny worked in gas stations frying chicken for 10 years before teaching himself how to code. Since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, working at Google for a stint before returning to a company called FrontDoor as a Software Engineer. Along the way, he’s amassed 140k+ followers on Twitter, helping others learn to code and break into tech with measured, actionable advice. He joins the Scrimba Podcast to talk job-hunting strategies and mindset, plus answer quick-fire questions so we can get to know him better.

🔗 Connect with Danny

⏰ Timestamps

  • Introduction (0:00)
  • Danny has 141K followers but he doesn’t want you to follow his advice blindly (01:22)
  • Danny’s new role - returning to work at his previous company after working at a FAANG company (03:02)
  • Should Juniors look for work in their local area, remote, or both? (14:59)
  • Transferring skills from your previous non-technical jobs with confidence (17:32)
  • Alex challenges Danny about what to do if you’re sensitive to rejection (21:24)
  • “The best thing that never happened to me” (25:34)
  • Tailor your application to the role or you’re probably going to fail (27:37)
  • Anticipate what employers want to know and prepare an elevator pitch (30:05)
  • Quick-fire questions (32:20)
  • Closing words by Danny (37:16)

🧰 Resources mentioned

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