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Mike Harding

Got a new job! Spent a month being unemployed, which I feel extremely blessed it wasn't longer. But during that month I found out I'd been taking less than half of what I could have been for a salary, and I hadn't realized how toxic my old job was getting until after I left. They'd just about convinced me that I wasn't cognitively capable of programming at all.

Spent the month submitting applications and contributing to open source to keep my skills sharp, and found that I loved development again, and now I've started this job and I feel passionate about software dev again!

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Gracie Gregory (she/her) Author

So glad you got out of a toxic situation and are feeling passionate again!

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Adam Mikulasev • Edited

Nice work Mike! Finding a great job can take time, hey. A place where we feel empowered to give it our best.

Contributions to open source really do help web devs stand out. Proves that you can use github on a team and that's a big advantage.

Sounds like it's also helped you with motivation too? How do you think it's helped most?

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Mike Harding

Absolutely! I've found that it helped me to not only help me stand out in my job search, but it helped prove to myself that I really enjoy writing code. Rust seems to be the language my brain thinks in, so being able to work on rust projects and just see things click into place was a massive first step into rebuilding my confidence.

Now, I'm seeing how the team I'm on work together and really lift each other up, either through directly helping on a story, or just through words of encouragement or expressing appreciation. It's been huge for me to join in on that and see how it boosts morale and motivation.

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