I'm a newer developer who has worked on some personal projects as well as non-profit/charity projects. However, I seem to be the most "senior" developer in my circle, meaning, most guys come to me for help and when I need some help, they can't help me.
As I don't have a full-time programming job, I'm sort of lost in terms of how to get some professional-grade code review. In other words, before I go full-hog into applying for full-time jobs, I want the opinions of a few reliable/reputable people on how my current code looks, where I could improve, how they would rate me as a programmer, etc... Because currently I have no clue in the slightest and even if I did, it's not just my opinion that matters anyway. The other issue is I have no idea whether my portfolio projects are "good enough" or are just little joke projects in terms of what an employer is looking for. I keep thinking I have to work on bigger projects, but that could go on forever. The thing is, I'd rather do this with someone local in person and not a random stranger on the internet as there is no way to judge whether that person's advice is credible or is in line with where I am trying to go if that makes sense.
Is this type of service offered by programming consultants? I can't be the only one facing this issue. As a self-taught programmer, this is very difficult because people often say put portfolios and projects up, but I have no way to judge whether my code is "good" or not other than my own perception off what I read from books such as Clean Code by Uncle Bob and Code Complete by Steve McConnell. Of course some of this is subjective, but that doesn't mean there isn't some sort of professional standard that can't be attained. Thanks for your advice.
PS: I also hear a lot about "mentoring" yet I've not seen how one would go about getting a mentor at all. I would love a mentor, is this a paid service or is this some type of relationship someone typically has with a more senior co-worker in the context of an office? I'm talking about a real-life person, not a YouTube Channel.