Taking the leap into the tech industry, whether you’ve just finished studying or are making a big career change, can be scary. These are my favourite pieces of advice, from learning new skills, communicating with your team and being kind to yourself.
Unlike other industries, the tech world is always changing around you. If you have learned SQL in your Bootcamp or University classes it doesn’t stop here. You will be faced with new syntax, changes to the language itself and potentially a new language to learn in your first role.
You will never ever know everything about your tools, and that’s ok. What’s important is that you embrace it rather than trying to chase perfection.
:party-corgi:You shouldn't base your learning path on what an influence tweeted out at 2am on a Saturday morning. Do what works for you. The only thing that matters is that you're interested enough to continue learning.19:04 PM - 23 May 2020
Because the tech world changes so quickly it’s more important to learn how to learn. Gaining the skill to learn how your first language fits together, allows you to be in a better position to learn the next one. Learning by memorising syntax means you will find it much harder when things inevitably change.
In tech, things are always changing. The hot new library or language may not be hot for long
It's not important to learn everything about everything, what's important is to learn how to learn so you can get to grips with what's new when things change
#CodeNewbie #womenintech11:07 AM - 17 May 2020
It’s tempting to spend hours and hours watching videos while you are getting to grips with something new. It may seem like you are making progress but it’s pretty passive learning. To take this further, get started building as soon as you can. This real-world experience, working on real-world projects is the better way to get ready for professional tech life.
It’s not as easy as watching videos or doing tutorials, but all the frustrations will help you become accustomed to the reality that things take much longer than you think.
To really learn something you need to stop watching tutorials and start building
Don't worry about not knowing where to start. Just get started, make mistakes, and break things.
It will be frustrating but you'll look back and see how far you've come
#CodeNewbie #womenintech08:41 AM - 19 May 2020
Once you do get started working on real-world projects, they may not end up being finished. This is absolutely ok. Even in your professional life, some projects just don’t get finished. Timelines change, other projects take priority and sometimes the Project Manager just puts things ‘on pause’.
There is no shame in parking a project you’re no longer interested in, or if there is a roadblock you just can’t get past.
You may come back to it later, or not. But you definitely learn from each project even if you don’t finish them all.
#CodeNewbie #womenintech08:49 AM - 21 May 2020
Taking on side projects and extra learning is admirable and worth your time. But, you need to have a plan. Working all hours of the day and night will kill your enthusiasm and leave you burnt out. Make sure you are making time for enough sleep, time to relax and give yourself a bit of a break.
I make good use of my time by working on a project for as long as my laptop battery lasts. It helps me keep focused on the task and not drifting off to scroll around the internet.
If you want to commit to learning, side projects and getting enough rest and relaxation you need to have a plan.
Keep focused and take care of yourself by prioritising what you need to get done without burning out.
#CodeNewbie #DEVCommunity #womenintech10:15 AM - 26 May 2020
Andrew HealeyI like Fridays because I get to enjoy the idea of a weekend where everything is possible:
Side projects completed, blogs written, exercise taken, healthy food meal prepped
When really I will complete 10% of my goals, and relax and eat junk with my wife — and that’s okay too 🥰12:04 PM - 22 May 2020
While you are making connections and listening to presentations it’s easy to start comparing yourself to others. Everyone is on their own journey and you’re seeing the end of someone’s project. It may have taken months, been put on hold, had multiple bugs, and many many frustrating moments. This is the time to learn about how far they have come, not worry that you aren’t quite there yet.
There is so much to learn about how things work in the tech industry, and things are constantly changing.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, use this as motivation to learn more from those around you.
#CodeNewbie #womenintech #100DaysOfCode #AWSCertified08:44 AM - 07 Jun 2020
Bekah Hawrot WeigelWhen I was learning to code, I'd see tweets about code or code samples and think "I can't wait until I can understand what they're talking about." And I realized today that now I do understand a lot of them.
You're making progress even when you don't realize you are.14:41 PM - 21 May 2020
If you are a career switcher it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others. You are coming into the industry with a unique point of view and are not throwing away everything you have achieved so far. Working in retail, hospitality or customer services builds communication skills and patience.
If you have been in business, marketing or any kind of office-based role you come with experience running meetings, collecting requirements and how to juggle multiple tasks.
If you are considering a career change, you are not throwing away what you have done so far and starting again. Nor are you competing with 20-somethings.
You bring a unique point of view and experience that makes you stand out. Not hold you back.
#CodeNewbie #womenintech22:04 PM - 26 May 2020
Because you bring your own point-of-view blogging is a great way to share it. You’re reinforcing your learning or understanding of your chosen technology or tool. So even if you only get a handful of views, you have still done something worthwhile.
Johan Rin@helenanders26 You're totally right about that!
I started blogging when I was preparing my AWS exams. At the beginning, it was only for me. I wrote about the things I didn't understand or needed to experiment myself. It helped me to pass my exams and I will continue for sure to write more!08:03 AM - 30 Apr 2020
Write that blog post you've been thinking about.
If you're holding back because you think it's "too basic" think of all those "basic" questions you spend hours googling. Your Beginner's Guide could become someones go-to resource.
Your knowledge is valuable.03:25 AM - 30 Apr 2020
Communication is important in every job, but more important when communicating technical information. When approaching anyone, no matter how technical you think they are, keep the jargon to a minimum. Don’t assume they know everything about your project or are up to speed about the tools you are using.
Ben ChartrandIt's so nice knowing that the time I spent preparing and presenting ultimately made a positive impact.
I also love seeing the enthusiasm. It's one of my favourite things to do - stoking the flames of enthusiasm. Especially with the kids.09:09 AM - 24 May 2020
If you take nothing else from this post remember to be kind to yourself. Your journey is as unique as you and there is no need to pursue perfection. You’re doing great.
This post originally appeared on helenanderson.co.nz