Portrait of Anthyra, apprentice web developer

Today we're here with Anthyra, a work-linked developer, who tells us about his career path.

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Anthyra, also known as Anthyra, is a developer I met on Twitter. He shares his daily life and is always ready to help others. He's an inspiring individual that I'd like to introduce to you.

Hello, Anthyra, could you introduce yourself briefly?

  • Hello, I'm Anthyra, soon to be 26 years old! What can I say? I've been in the process of a career change since early 2021. Currently, I'm pursuing a master's degree through an apprenticeship program, and I live in France. I'm passionate about new technologies in general and always strive to optimize what I do.

What's your background?

  • Well, I dropped out of school very early, during my secondary education. It wasn't a matter of ability but rather the environment. Having been placed in a certain setting since I was young, I was completely lost. Gradually, I underwent training as an IT Support Technician and worked in that field for a few years. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. I decided that I wanted to truly pursue my passion, so I took the leap and began my journey to become a developer.

What educational path did you take to learn development?

  • I started learning development through a 9-month DWWM (Web and Mobile Web Developer) program!

What do you enjoy the most about your job as a web developer?

  • I appreciate the fact that there are multiple ways to address client needs, and that there are various valid approaches to development. You can always find a way to have fun while accomplishing a task with quality.

What does a typical day with Anthyra look like?

  • When I'm not attending classes, I'm working remotely full-time! It's definitely a luxury. I wake up between 7am and 8am, have some coffee, and depending on my schedule, I either do some research or work on a project. I start around 9am and connect with my colleague on Discord.

  • We discuss our schedules, any challenges from the previous day, and engage in pair programming if necessary. The afternoon is usually more relaxed. I aim for 7 hours of work per day, but I manage my hours differently based on my inspiration at the moment. In the late afternoon, I have a short gaming session, and in the evening after dinner, I engage in gaming, projects, or just chilling!

What technologies do you use on a daily basis?

  • I create custom themes for WordPress! We use Roots, which provides a more modern WordPress base. We've customized this base to make our WordPress setup resemble Symfony, incorporating our controllers and views. We have services to enhance functionalities, and we use ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) for most of our projects, and WooCommerce for e-commerce projects!

Any advice for those who aspire to pursue the same career as you?

  • It can be really tough, especially during a career transition, but never give up. Hold on, even when facing challenges, and know that enduring some tough times now will lead to happiness later. Occasionally step back to see what you've accomplished, but don't rest solely on that. Keep your goals in sight and remember where you started.

Any recommended resources? (Books, websites, podcasts…)

  • Well, the basics, but I believe many of us have used OpenClassrooms. Their courses are truly excellent and a goldmine of knowledge.
  • The YouTube channel Grafikart is a solid foundation.
  • Then, there's the one that made me love Symfony: Yoandev.
  • Finally, in terms of books, I really enjoyed the freely accessible book about Richard Stallman: here

Where can we find you on social media?

You can find me on Twitter, Twitch, and recently on BlueSky!

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