This week we talk about career development in the technology career field.
Iteration Season 06E09 - Release July 22nd 2019
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Roundtable: Getting a Job in Tech
Between books - Discussion about career development in tech
Guest: John Rivera - Link?
John S to lead discussion -
Where do you work now? What do you do?
John S: Run an agency, we are a small team of remote developers, we do mobile apps and web apps.
John R: Just started working on Amazon photos mobile app for the prints feature team, I do cross-platform mobile development primarily using React Native. But I’ve also gotten to do my fair share of project management with ChefSteps, and am seeking to pursue that at Amazon
Where did you start? Where were you before tech?
5mins each on origin story
John S: Dabbled in design + web for ever — I was working in the corporate world a job I didn’t love but I was successful. Stepped back and switched careers at November 2015 - switched career at 25
John R: I worked at uhaul and albertsons as a meat clerk. Started things off by saving up for a bootcamp. Did freelance.
JP: MySpace layouts in 9th grade, 13-14 years ago. Then web design until about 2015
What’s been a key practice or tool in moving your career forward?
John R: Networking, Diving deep, embracing things that aren’t in my domain
John S: Consistency, Keeping up with friendships (networking), Blogging, pushing outside comfort zone.
How do you balance getting work done now vs ongoing learning?
John S: Use new tools and techniques in the day to day
JP: Being proactive with code review and looking to senior engineers
How do you get a good Job in tech?
John S: Network, publishing, making your work visible, random blog post from 2016
JP: I got my job from meetups
What would you have told yourself 3 years ago?
John S: Consistency, life is a marathon not a sprint. Keep stretching yourself outside comfort zone. Focus on less, go deeper on less things.
JP: Take breaks, you won’t forget how to code if you take a day off
CLOSE - no picks
John R - Where can people find you?