Reflection on a Great Medium Article About Software Engineering

Those of you who know me, know that I am a passionate software engineer who loves all the things web related. One of the things I enjoy is reading Medium articles on software engineering. There are any number of articles that get delivered to my inbox each day that I get sucked into. 

One that recently caught my eye was this gem.

The article is about how this person got a full-stack engineering job with no tech degree or work experience. In addition to that, it was this persons second career. 

It goes into depth on the process of making this happen. I wont bore you with a recap in the event its not your thing… But I will share some insights I pulled from the article that apply to more than just software engineering. 

  • You don’t need a college degree. You can learn what you need to know to get you foot in the door at a decent company for the price of attending a code school. (Get them 529 accounts setup for your kids)
  • It only works if you have a passion to learn about code. Like many other things in life, if you don’t have passion for what you’re doing, you are far more likely to half-ass it. Don’t half ass it. Hole-ass it. Hard.
  • Being a fast learner is probably the best skill you can have. Fine tune that skill. 
  • Managers are getting better at sniffing out bullshitters. They want you to prove you can do what you say you can do. So whether that is in software engineer or not, backup your claims with proof. In my case it is code.