6-week GIGIH recap!
Classes are over and I’m quite sad, but in all seriousness these past six weeks have changed my life and way of thought immensely and that is thanks to Generasi Gigih 2.0 by YABB & GoTo 💚
Before I continue, hello! I’m Leona, an aspiring software engineer, third-year student, and a participant of the Generasi Gigih 2.0 Front-end Engineer Track program, and this is my (six-week) GIGIH Recap.
Also, to preface, throughout the first six weeks of this program, we are obliged to participate in the following classes: Technical class, Softskills & Career Readiness workshop, and English classes with Cakap, all in which are key ingredients to becoming an adept software engineer ✨
Each technical class consist of 3 sections:
- Explanation / Live-coding session from our class instructor
- Hands-on session within small groups and assistance from class instructor/ assistant
- QnA session
Don’t underestimate it guys, it’s a lot: 6 modules in 6 weeks? Yep.
My experience with this was that it truly tested my keGIGIHan 🏃🏻 (or grit). I personally started experiencing difficulty on my fourth week onwards, but never did I feel like giving up. On the other hand, I was even more curious week after week.
One tip I’d like to pass on is to explore. 2 hours of in-class sessions may seem like a while, but it seriously isn’t enough to gain a 100% understanding of the materials being delivered. Despite being an IT major and having a slight understanding on web-development, I still experienced difficulty and came across terms and topics that were foreign to me.
Hence, keep exploringgggg 🚀 !
I utilized Github even more frequently — reading public repos, watching YouTube crash courses, reading a whole lot of articles (my favorite sources include Medium & dev.to), and religiously re-reading documentations corresponding to the libraries we discussed 😅
Also, ask questions when you do get stuck. At Generasi Gigih, we are so grateful that we get to meet with super helpful class assistants and instructors who are willing to help even during after-class hours. As long as you understand what you don’t understand (I hope you didn’t get confused there), communicating the difficulties you face should be clear and your assistants/ instructor/ classmates can help you with ease.
We even have extra-classes held by our frontend assistants and here we get to review/ dive deeper into the topics learned in our classes:
Softskills/ Career Readiness Workshop
These sessions occur twice a week and they teach you all the necessary skills to facing the tech-industry and in summary, they opened my perspective and taught me A LOT about the tech-industry.
How to adapt to it, the reality of it, and how to grow in it.
We get the chance to ask questions related to career-building to our very knowledgable and experienced class instructor, as well as get to showcase our hands-on activities — that way we are able to learn from classmates and receive constructive feedback from our peers and instructor 😉
English Class with Cakap
Our English classes are one of the more-intimate classes as they consist of only 10 students at most. It’s super interactive and I have the coolest classmates and teacher ever hehee✌🏼. In our classes, we prioritize discussion and we mainly discuss topics related to business and software engineering. When experiencing difficulty explaining or answering questions, our teacher always helps us and always ensures that we feel comfortable in our classes.
And as you see, we don’t keep it serious all the time:
Well, that’s my recap of my experience as a #SiGIGIH for the past 6 weeks. I loved every single minute shared with my fellow GIGIH friends. Also would like to thank every class instructor, assistant, and a good handful of my classmates who I came across throughout this program so far, because you all were seriously inspirational and made an impact in my life. My motivation and curiosity for software engineering only is growing 🌱
On to the next phase we gooo! 🤸🏽