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Jess Lee
Jess Lee

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What's your dream job?

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lynn

Housewife.

I love cooking and I always feel very accomplished after cleaning. I would love to create a beautiful and supportive household for my family so my children and husband can succeed in whatever they want to do.

In my free time I'd read, write music, and even code!

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cholderby

BTDT and - much to my shock - HATED it.

With all the current talk about increasing gender diversity in tech, I still haven't heard much talk about how incredibly hard is to jump in and out of software development. I took 8 years off. I did lots of freelance and pro bono coding during that time and it was still a very hard hill to climb to come back.

On a totally unrelated subject, I have seen GG Allin in concert, though sadly not the time he famously pooped on stage. Punk legend.

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lynn

Makes total sense. This was more of a "in a perfect world" scenario. Hopefully, in the future, I can manage to find a balance between software development and raising children.

And high five to a fellow gg allin fan! Too bad no poop was thrown, but that's awesome you got to see him in concert. Hope he still put on a memorable show!

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Yechiel Kalmenson

A job at a company with a strong remote-first philosophy that recognizes:

That well-rounded developers > 10x ninja developers.

That having a life outside of work makes for more productive workers.

That having a diverse team from a variety of backgrounds and dispositions > having "cultural fit".

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Gunnar Gissel • Edited on

That sounds like a mighty nice place to work. I'm ready to sign up!

Also, on the 10x devs: en.wikisource.org/wiki/Why_I_Never...

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Yechiel Kalmenson

Waiting to find it first πŸ˜‰

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Ben Halpern

I was inspired to look up the job description of being a ninja:

The functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja

Interestingly, western culture glamorizes the hell out of ninjas but it seems like they had a pretty sleezy rep at the time:

Their covert methods of waging irregular warfare were deemed dishonorable and beneath the samurai, who observed strict rules about honor and combat.[

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Fyodor

This dev ninja culture had started from php as far as I remember. Such methods and reputation are quite normal for php πŸ˜‚

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Yechiel Kalmenson

Yup, sounds just like the type of toxic work culture I'd like to avoid... πŸ˜‰

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Ben Halpern

The elephant's always had a pretty suspicious look if you ask me.

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Patrick O'Dacre

I don't think I would ever apply to a company looking for ninjas, gurus or "brilliant" devs. I can't imagine working with people that really thought that about themselves.

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Rina

😍

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Ryan Palo

I want to teach! Something in the neighborhood of calculus, physics, mechanics, Computer-Aided Design, mechanical design, or -- last but not least -- programming. :)

Right now I'm just working a few odd tutoring jobs here or there, but I'm keeping an eye out for an opportunity to teach in a more classroomy setting, either high-school or college.

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Stefan Dorresteijn

Fiction author. It's completely different from being a CTO but I've got dreams of sitting by a lake in Italy with a herd of dogs and a typewriter.

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Maurice Hayward

YES

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Lara

developing software for the anime industry.

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Rishabh Gupta

I'm totally on-board

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Chrissy Wainwright

I would love to be a photographer that is sent around to world to photograph animals.

But fortunately I love my job as a web developer, which I get to do from home

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Maurice Hayward

Being in a position where I can move to a French-speaking and immerse myself in the language. I don't know what french country yet maybe French Guiana, France, Togo, or Belgium.

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Jen Chan • Edited on

I think dream job (a position i'd enjoy doing all day, everyday forever) is different from an idealized position (being this super meaningful impactful person who solved a big social problem with their talents... )
For the former definition wine sommelier or scent chemist might be super interesting. Maybe writing childrens books about really heavy topics to help people understand them? I'm already an artist and have been for 8 years and that is a longterm commitment.

For the latter, I'd love to be one of the people who wrote the ACLU live recording app for recording state misconduct aclu.org/issues/criminal-law-refor...

But actually, I'm working really happily from home at a civic tech company right now, and learning tons.

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Ben Halpern

I think I'm doing it. I'm making a thing I care about. That's always been a big part of my life. I'm having an impact in things I care about, but not pretending to "make the world a better place" in a platitude sense.

And I'm learning all the time.

In my ideal world I have fewer nagging tasks that pull me away from the thing I really want to do at the moment, but I feel free to strive for that situation. I don't think I'd want the version of my life where I automatically get everything I want.

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Ali Spittel

I really love the intersection of code, art, and social justice. If I could do teaching in the future that joins those things well I would be in heaven.

More realistically, I would love to do developer advocacy/evangelism. I really like doing speaking and blogging. I also love building small projects that show a tool off!

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rhymes

code + art + social justice.

take my money already :D!

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Jen Chan

exactly this

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George Marr

One that pays off my student loans.

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Ben Greenberg • Edited on

A job where I get to bring my passion for connecting with people and my training and experience in community organizing along with my technical skills. Something along the lines of developer advocate, developer evangelist (yes, a rabbi/developer working as a developer evangelist would be hilarious) or developer marketing.

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Wahib-Ul-Haq

I can relates so much with this :) Somehow I try to take small steps towards it by running a slack community of android devs, organizing tech meetups and volunteer in civic innovation projects as mentor.

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Martin Himmel

Game developer - it's been my dream job since I was 5 or 6, shortly after we got an NES.

As a web developer, I'm closer to it now (especially after being a dental tech for 15 years), but not quite there yet. I've dabbled in game dev, but haven't seriously looked for a job in it - not sure what the market really looks like for remote HTML5/JS game devs. Currently learning Unity, but the remote question still comes into play.

Given that last paragraph, I should qualify it as "remote game dev."

Remote is a big thing for me, too. I almost moved to New York 3 years ago for the company I worked for (remotely), but then that company went under. Glad I didn't move. Also decided then that I wouldn't move for a job - something that isn't guaranteed which could jeopardize my family's well-being.

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Jem

I really want to become a mobile app developer but right now due to a growing interest with APIs, I am planning to eventually dive in to JavaScript (maybe, soon if time will suffice), too. I want to create my own APIs for my future mobile apps.

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Donald Merand

I'm a homeschooling parent and also a full-time salaried tech worker. In my dream world, I would be able to do both of those things together, without feeling like they were at cross-purposes. That might sound strange, but I like the idea that my child could participate in my work, or that the work of helping to educate my child could also be part of my salaried job.

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