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How I got my first dev job and why I left it.

swastikyadav profile image Swastik Yadav Originally published at swastikyadav.com ・3 min read

Recently I left my Software Engineer job at a consulting firm. This was my first job and this is my story on why I left it.

How I got my first dev job.

I don't have a CS degree or any other degree for that matter as I dropped out of my college the very first year in 2018 to work on my Idea.

The idea is to fix the reason, because of which I dropped out. Well, that's a different story.

For the next 1.5 years, I learned basic programming on my own from the internet. Based on that learning I was selected for a programming boot camp (AltCampus) in June 2019.

6 months down the line I was a full-stack MERN developer.

Jan 2020 got a job offer, but the company demanded to learn Ruby On Rails. So, went out of the comfort zone learned a new technology in two months, and joined the company.

Why I left the job.

My intention to learn to program was never to get a job, I just did it for some exposure. But soon realized I won't survive there. As the nature of my job was very repetitive, it felt more like doing labor work than programming.

Talked with senior management, they said and I quote:

We know the work is boring, repetitive, and you are not learning something new, but someone has to do it.

Somehow, I stretched for a year and left as my sanity is more important than money.

Now, you might say it was a bad decision, I should have stayed to gain some experience. See, I don't know if it was a good or a bad decision, but all I can do now is try to make this decision right.

I would not have left if I would have been financially unhealthy. But my family is doing just fine and I think I can take my chance as I don't have any responsibilities on my shoulders at this point.

Getting my hands dirty

I am a bit skeptical about sharing this but let's just do it anyway.

I have tried a few small things here and there in the last few years to get my hands dirty to build and sell products. Here are 4 of them.

1. Streaming platform for schools

2017, I was 18 y/o in the final year of my school. I tried to build a platform (with the No Code tool WordPress) where schools can record their lectures and stream on the platform subject and class wise.

We build the demo version and tried to convince my school to use it. But, as you might have guessed, my parents were called to the school and I was forced to focus only on my final school year.

Today in this covid situation, the world needs such a platform.

2. Learnist

In 2020 every week I use to discuss programming stuff with two of my friends over zoom. One day I thought why not get more people involved in this discussion.

So, we created a Twitter account and set up a basic website. And we were able to get 50-60 people showing up in one of the sessions.

Managed around 6-7 awesome sessions. But then we stopped, don't know why but we just stopped. I guess because none of us were serious about it.

3. Product Suggestion

Feb 2021 - There is a digital entrepreneur on Twitter. I proposed to him a web-app version of his product through cold emails.

Also built a prototype and shared it. He kind of liked the idea, but I was not able to get him on a call.

Learned a lot about sending cold emails which work and which don't.

4. Email Templates

Apr 2021 - Inspired by ThemeForest which sells all sorts of themes and templates I decided to niche down only on email templates. But it failed and here is why.

The plan ahead.

It's been over a year I haven't touched the MERN stack. So, going back to it. And after that will start working on my idea.

After leaving the job, I have been reading and learning a lot about content creation, building products, and startups.

I am documenting my journey on Twitter. So, follow me there if you think I can be of some value to you.

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Abhishek Tripathi

Some have the liberty to put a lot at stake and eventually succeed. However, out of many thousands who try, there is only one Sachin Tendulkar. With a lot of experience behind me and have had my own share of hardship, I would say that you are lucky to have the backing of your family who is supportive of your endeavours at this age. My only suggestion would be to have your basic academics corrected and then focus on a stream in the beginning years. First 3 years are crucial to build your foundation and understand what you desire to achieve in next 5 years. Without those initial years of hardship and commitment, you won't have sufficient knowledge of how you see yourself in the next five years. If you continue to venture into your ideas at this tender age, do understand there are several products already built on those ideas and have greater potential to succeed than your idea. Hope you don't take it as a discouragement but positively to have a better successful future where your ambitions have greater chances to succeed.

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Swastik Yadav Author

I would never take it as discouragement. This is a valid point of view that should be considered.

Yes, the first 3 years will be absolutely difficult, that's why I am not starting to build right away. First I am learning from my mentors. And connecting with amazing people and communities with whom I can get it done.

Thank You for the brotherly advice 😊.

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