I have developed Android Apps for over 5 years now, though the first professional experience I gained is for the past few months only. Is there any word to describe the experience gained through personal projects?

  • Is "personal experience" not good enough?
    – Jan
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 12:05
  • Should the word / phrase you're looking for also describe the "practical knowledge" of people who know how to, for example, cook - even if they've never worked as a chef? Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 12:08
  • @Jan is it used in such a context? I've always felt personal experience doesn't fit into this. Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 12:21
  • @FumbleFingers basically, a word parallel to 'experience', but talking about the experience I gained through personal projects. I'm afraid just using 'experience' will make people think the experience was gained through employment. Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 12:23
  • In what context do you intend to use it? Like applying for a programmer job? You can check online about how to write a "CV" as a programmer and you'll see what terms other people use. I can tell you "personal experience" or "hobby experience" is often used as opposed to "professional experience."
    – Jan
    Commented Jun 27, 2019 at 12:25

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A programmer who is writing a CV to apply for a new job can mention that he/she has x years of personal or hobby experience and x months/years of professional experience (the later usually means being a part of a programmer group in a company).

If you Google, you can see programmers often mention personal and professional experience in their CVs.

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