Potluck - Career Switch at 33 × Cover Letters × Kids × Learning Quickly × More!
It’s another potluck! In this episode, Scott and Wes answer your questions about career changes, preprocessors, moving, “the gap”, hip hop and more!Sentry - Sponsor
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1:54 - Q: I am 33 with a wife and two young daughters, and am trying to change careers. My job pays $80,000 a year, but I hate it. My wife is ok with me doing university, but she wants me to stay at the job I don’t like. Should I stand my ground? Any tips on achieving my goals to make me happy, but also keep my family happy?
10:10 - Q: What is your advice to very junior/junior devs in writing cover letters for jobs? I wonder what to say without sounding canned and fake.
14:35 - Q: Scott, what was the stack you were using at Ford?
17:09 - Q: Other than reading the docs, how do you guys go about learning/trying out new technologies? Do you rebuild similar applications or pick out individual features you think are “sIcK”?
22:32 - Q: Is it always necessary to use setState in react when storing data (for example, a form input) even if you don’t intend on re-rendering the page, or can you get away without using state?
25:04 - Q: Development has a stereotype for being a young person’s game. As someone who started their career out of university, I often wonder how long I can sling divs for? Do you think you could make it to retirement age or do you think the game will change out from under you?
30:34 - Q: Scott, you’ve mentioned you love hip hop. Would you be willing to share any playlists of your all-time favorite hip hop artists?
32:08 - Q: What are your thoughts on HTML pre-processors? If you use one, which one(s) do you prefer and why?
36:04 - Q: What advice would you have for someone considering to “level up” their career by moving from a city with few tech jobs to a city with more opportunity for tech jobs? What are some of the biggest things to consider when moving possibly cross-country to further a career?
42:11 - Q: What are your recommendations in terms of resources for first time dads (and moms) like books, podcasts, etc. and generally good co-parenting advice for working professionals?
- Syntax 044: How to Learn New Things Quickly
- Scott’s Spotify playlist - “Rap Music To Code To = Level Up Tutorials”
- Scott’s Spotify playlist - “Golden Era”
- Scott’s music picks
- Apache - Apache Ain’t Shit
- MF DOOM - MM…Food
- Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly
- GZA - Liquid Swords
- Gang Starr - Daily Operation
- Slick Rick - The Ruler’s Back
- Redman & Method Man - Blackout
- Q-Tip - The Renaissance
- Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)[Expanded Edition] - Wu-Tang Clan
- Pete Rock on Spotify
- Preemo on Spotify
- Codeland Conference
- Syntax 142: Travis Neilson on Skills Gap, Design, Focus and Working at Google
- Scott: Oculus Quest All-in-one VR Gaming Headset
- Wes: Marpac Rhom Portable White Noise Sound Machine
- Scott’s new course - “Dev Tools and Debugging”
- Wes’ Courses - Use the coupon code ‘Syntax’ for $10 off!
- Scott’s Instagram
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