[Baypiggies] Career Advice

jim jim at systemateka.com
Tue Feb 15 19:25:03 CET 2011

    seems like you're doing things right. keep doing. 
get to know more python coders. take classes, teach 
classes, join sprints (e.g. the PyPy sprint coming 
up this March 5 and 6 at Noisebridge in SF) and join 
hackerdojo, noisebridge, and superhappydev and other 
such groups. 
    as to open source projects, consider 
which is a python-based open source project that 
maps coders (and others) to needful projects. 

    identify application areas you're interested in 
and learn to use the available packages. 
    be sure you know the tools for developing an app 
from planning through coding and testing to build. 
    Try to recall the questions you've been asked and 
ensure you can answer them. 

On Tue, 2011-02-15 at 10:07 -0800, Bryce Verdier wrote:
> Hello Fellow Bay Piggies,
> I would really appreciate the help as I have an interesting situation
> that I can't seem to figure out.
> My current job title is System Engineer. Although I do a fair amount
> of script writing (in python) I am performing a Systems Administrator
> job role. I took this job a little over a year ago because I had
> experience as such before I went back to school and I graduated during
> a pretty rough economy. I do not regret taking this job as I've
> learned some pretty cool things. However, I'm at the point where I
> realized I want my first programming job and I would really like it to
> be a python based job.
> Somehow my resume looks good enough for me to get the occasional
> programming interview. But this is where the problem starts. While I
> do believe that scripting has helped me keep my programming skills
> from going completely dull, I don't spend forty plus hours a week
> doing it. Thus when I do enter an interview, the interviewer is asking
> me questions that I haven't seen or even thought about since I was in
> school. Or asking me about the esoteric aspects of a language that I
> don't get exposure to as scripting doesn't required them.
> I realize that the economy still isn't great and that most companies
> aren't hiring junior level programmers right now, as there are enough
> mid-level programmers unemployed and willing to work for the same
> salary.
> My question for the group is, what can I do to position myself better
> towards getting a junior developer job when those start to open up
> again? Or what should I prioritize in my studying to help me cross
> over from sys. admin. to developer? Are there any jobs that you guys
> are aware of that a hybrid job between these two roles that would help
> facilitate the cross over? I am aware of the option to program for an
> open source project, but I'm not sure which one. Though I am
> looking. ;)
> Thanks in advance for your time and any thoughts you may share,
> Bryce
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