It was almost a year ago when I was introduced to Zapier. I was 18 and graduating high school and started looking for available jobs. I was planning on studying Computer Science at university and dreamed about working somewhere where I can learn a skill that I can use to improve myself in that field. The opportunity came up to work with Luhhu. I had no idea what Zapier or automating marketing was.
I remember Googling both in English and Hungarian (which is my native language) looking to learn what Zapier does, and luckily I found so many articles which helped me a lot. As part of the hiring process, Luhhu had me build a “zap” entirely on my own. I watched a lot of Youtube videos and after a few hours of playing around, things started to make sense. Anyon reading this should take this as a sign of how easy it is to learn the basics!
But, to understand the logic and really to be creative with Zapier takes a little bit of time. I did training tasks, where I was able to practice and see how it works. I would say it took around 1-2 months to get conformable using Zapier. I’m constantly improving yourself, trying to learn new techniques.
In my opinion, both of them are extremely important and they go hand-in-hand. Because of the nocode movement, more folks can be involved in this field which currently lacks enough people. Learning programming can be tiring and it’s just not for everybody which is perfectly okay. But with tools like Zapier the basic logic behind coding can be understood more easily.
It’s not really a tool, but I use Stack Overflow’s forum constantly! It’s the programmer’s best friend!
Watch a LOT of the youtube videos and try out things! Zapier themselves are also very helpful, and have a growing collection of platform guides worth reading through. This may sound silly but what helped me is also picturing the end result, what I want at the end and if I get stuck I always draw the steps in a notebook. I don’t know why but drawing a “think-map” always helps me. But most importantly have fun and create stuff you enjoy!
I haven’t really got into the startup scene yet, because I’m mainly focusing on my studies and my work. But for example, at my university they really encourage us to start one, they offer funding and even advisors. So there are definitely opportunities we just have to grab them.
As I said before right now I’m focusing on my studies first, so at the moment I don’t have any ongoing projects, but I have a few ideas. One of them is creating a student support system at my university. Mental health is really important and a bunch of us are working on expanding the opportunities for our fellow students to get the help they need. I’m really excited to see where this will go and how we can use tech in this situation too.