How to Hone Your Python Skills

2020-09-17  |  Created by  CareerTu

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Let’s face it—2020 is the year of Python.

 

Tech giants use Python for big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, and all manner of projects. The likes of Google, Facebook, Youtube, and Dropbox are always on the lookout for new Python engineers to hire. This makes Python an ideal programming language to learn for anyone on the digital job market looking for a hot skill to make their resume stand above the rest.

 

Whether you’re a beginner who’s only been exposed to the Python essentials, or someone who’s never laid eyes on a line of code before, we’ll throw a few tips and resources your way so you can give a boost to your digital job search. 

 

Read on, and let’s learn Python!

 

Make Use of Online Resources

In the age of lockdowns and quarantines, the best introduction to computer science and Python programming is always going to be an online course or some other online resource. It’s the quickest means of getting acquainted with the basic syntax of the language. 

 

Finding a suitable selection of courses online shouldn’t be difficult in the least. There are plenty of coding bootcamps for Python on the web. 

 

Determining which courses are right for you is another matter entirely. It’s going to depend on the kind of digital job you’re looking to secure, whether a course qualifies you for that job with the issuance of a certificate, whether potential employers consider completion of that course a valid qualification, and what kind of companies course alumni have placed in. 

 

As far as course skills go, make sure you get used to taking notes throughout! This will help you retain more information from the courses and increase your chances of acing interviews for Python developer positions. (Oftentimes, interviewers for this position will ask you to write outlines of code on the fly.)

 

However, courses aren’t your only online Python resource.

 

Don’t forget that Python is an open-source programming language, meaning that anyone can contribute to the body of knowledge surrounding it. There are dozens of Python libraries on the web, including some published by engineers working at highly-reputable tech companies. Pick and pull from these libraries as you learn more and more Python essentials from online courses. 

 

Practice Makes Perfect

If solid online courses are the foundation for learning Python essentials, then projects are what you’ll be building on top of that firm foundation.

 

Once you’re tackling a project that you genuinely want to complete, you’ll quickly find the motivation to test and seek out additional knowledge. It’s also a good way to avoid getting stuck studying Python essentials that aren’t directly relevant to your chosen career path. An aspiring web developer doesn’t need to learn every piece of Python syntax when an introduction to a framework like Django will suffice!

 

A beginner-lever project could involve building a number guessing game, automatic email response, dice roll simulator, automatic text message reminder, or simple calculator app. You could also submit bug fix requests to open-source Python projects as a way to test your developing skills in the language. (The project managers might respond to you with advice and suggestions!)

 

As you work on these projects, you’ll find yourself asking new questions about how to complete certain tasks, which should send you back to your online resources, whether it’s your initial Python bootcamp, a new one, or open-source material. Structured projects (organized in tiers of different difficulties and skills) are especially helpful in this regard. Start small, and work your way to greater levels of difficulty. Optimize or commercialize your previous projects, and save them as different files as you go to keep track of your changes.

 

The other upside to taking on projects? You’ll have a portfolio to show prospective employers!

 

Make It Cooperative

Coding doesn’t have to be a solitary experience. In fact, many learn and work better in a cooperative environment. 

 

For example, suppose you and a friend are interested in learning Python essentials for your respective job searches. Instead of going off and learning everything on your own, you might want to consider going through the same or different Python boot camps simultaneously. 

 

This way you can compare notes, share tips and tricks, and most of all keep one another accountable for progressing along the path of Python mastery. Learning Python essentials becomes a lot easier if you’re learning from your peers and teaching them at the same time! 

 

Although the lockdowns might have made this type of community learning more difficult, it’s still a possibility, especially with the help of video chat platforms. Put aside big annual events and monthly meetups in favor of online communities and face-to-monitor groups.

 

Reddit, Stackoverflow, and Quora aren’t the only communities out there—CareerTu’s Students Community and Career-Switchers Community are additional ways to meet people on a similar Python journey. Post about your intention to join a Python bootcamp or start a new project, and ask if anyone else would like to do the same. 

 

Make It Competitive

Another aspect to any good Python learning community, aside from cooperation, is competition. Sometimes competition for the same goal is the only way to bring out the best in ourselves and others.

 

Although the ultimate goal for completing various courses and projects will always be Python proficiency, intermediate goals usually work best. These goals could simply be the recognition that comes with completing a project first, or it could be a material incentive, like a prize.

 

CareerTu’s 7-Day Python Challenge makes projects, competition, and cooperation the bedrock of the Python learning experience. Not only will teams compete for a university donation, individuals will compete for individual prizes by completing 7 different projects.

 

As you complete each level and post a screenshot or photo of your badge of completion to Instagram with the #careertu and #pythonchallenge hashtags, you’ll be eligible for different prizes, including free courses for Python. These prizes are limited and awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, so you’ll be in a race against time to beat others to the win.

 

You can register here for a one-of-a-kind nationwide Python experience!

 

Get a Python-Oriented Internship

An internship requiring you to put your Python skills to the test is an intermediate step towards getting hired and a concrete way of testing what you learned from your courses and projects. These internships will likely deal with an array of different skills, so you’ll want to pick the internship that best reflects the entry-level job or junior position you’re hoping to snag later on.

 

You should consider CareerTu’s Capstone Project if you’re looking for an internship that has succeeded in placing alumni in the careers they wanted. Our 6-month-long internship program combines hands-on experience in designing, launching, and marketing for top-tier brands with comprehensive instruction.

 

The takeaway? Don’t worry about learning Python in one day. All you need to succeed is a little dedication and the right resources to rely on. 

 

Most online courses focus on a few specific skills, without providing education in a wider array of skill sets that often round out desirable tech careers. What makes an online business school like CareerTu different from other Python bootcamps is the fact that we provide a variety of online courses, projects, and resources specifically designed to transform you into a ready-for-hire candidate at any of the top tech companies the world over.