I wanted to share some thoughts on having been a contractor for the last few years and how what I've seen ties into how we as an industry recruit developers and how we can do better.
I started my career as a contractor and was basically treated like a meat grinder. Not a lot of training and not a lot of cushion if you screw up. very little mentorship. No job security whatsoever, so if they don't like you or whatever, you can be out on your ass with no recourse. I wish I hadn't started out that way because of how difficult it was to learn good habits later.
It definitely exacerbated my latent PTSD from adolescence.
Had to take prevacid every day to deal with anxiety induced heartburn.
Companies should be clearer about recruiting candidates.
Companies should be willing to train people.
It isn't hard.
We're smart people.
We just need a positive environment to grow in,
I hope this is useful to someone.
Because the way we recruit people right now doesn't work for companies or devs.
I've been left to flounder and it's the worst feeling as a professional.
No one should be made to feel that way by their bosses.
We all have a responsibility to do better as an industry.