[Baypiggies] Career Advice
Steve Piercy - Web Site Builder
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Wed Feb 16 03:55:48 CET 2011
The best time to interview for a new career is when you have a
job. If you don't get hired, you still have a job to fall back on.
But why limit yourself to a job? Why not go down the path of
entrepreneur and create your own career? While working
full-time, I moonlighted and started building up a client base
as a freelance web application developer. After doing that for
a dozen years and building up a sufficient savings cushion, I
launched my own business. I set aside my fears of not having
medical benefits, a retirement account or steady income and just
went for it.
I reckoned the worst that could happen would be that I would
have to get another job when my savings ran out. I'm now
approaching my third year in business for myself, and my only
regret is that I didn't do it sooner. I have greater
flexibility with retirement savings and investment, health care
is affordable, and although my income fluctuates on a monthly
basis, it levels out on a semi-annual basis. And I love what I
do for a living.
Anyway, if you go the job route, in addition to what has already
* Teaching, training and generally showing that you like to help
people to help themselves will take you very far.
* Go through a couple product development cycles as a project
manager. Show that you can lead and get things done.
* Carve out a niche. What do you enjoy doing beside programming
and geeking out? Write an application that supports your
interest and fills a niche. Deploy it and release it.
Best of luck!
On 2/15/11 at 10:07 AM, bryceverdier at gmail.com (Bryce Verdier) pronounced:
>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,
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