Take a tour with a different department

Dear new developer, If you are totally thrilled with your job right now, stop reading. This letter isn't for you. Okay. So you may be unhappy with some aspect of your current job. I have some advice for you. Take a tour with a different department at your current employer. This won't work for everyone. … Continue reading Take a tour with a different department

When is it time to quit my 9-5?

This is a guest post from Pariss Athena. Enjoy. Dear new developer, Honestly, I don’t think there’s one absolute answer. I believe the answer depends on you and the risk you’re comfortable taking. However, I do think there are things you should take into account before jumping the gun. This is how I personally knew … Continue reading When is it time to quit my 9-5?

If you’re trapped in your job, what should you do?

Dear new developer, Perhaps you took the first job offered to you. Perhaps you joined a friend's company, then realized it wasn't quite what you were promised. Perhaps you joined a company as the only developer and didn't realize you should avoid working alone. You might feel trapped by the money, trapped because you believe … Continue reading If you’re trapped in your job, what should you do?

How to make a move to a related occupation

Dear new developer, I've written before about how being a developer sets you up for a lot of adjacent professions. Jobs like: Engineering managerTechnical trainerStartup CTOProduct managerDeveloper advocateSales engineer I have either direct personal experience or have watched a colleague or friend transition to those types of jobs. I'm sure there are many that I'm … Continue reading How to make a move to a related occupation

Three principles for guiding your development career

Dear new developer, I thought this article nicely laid out three principles to guide a developer's career. They were: follow your taste find community take risks Each of these really resonated for me. The first because the wide world of software can lead to analysis paralysis, so you should really have some way of deciding … Continue reading Three principles for guiding your development career