Programming for the End Result

Dawson Hanging on a Gate - Hopefully this makes sense with this post by the end... :)

Dawson Hanging on a Gate – Hopefully this makes sense with this post by the end… :)

I’ve been asked an interesting question a number of times in interviews over the past week or so. Today I thought I’d explore my response to the following question.

What do you enjoy the most about web development?

Now there is a loaded question if I ever heard one. If I say that I don’t really enjoy any of it I probably won’t get the job. If I say that I enjoy all of it you’ll probably realize that I’m a bit disillusioned with life and move to another candidate.

So how should I respond? With the truth no doubt.

Here is what I really enjoy the most about web development… Ooops you’ll have to finish reading this by clicking here…

The Other Side of Job Hunting – Its Not All Discouragement

There are always two sides to a mushroom...

There are always two sides to a mushroom…

After my post the other day about the discouragement that can be a part of the a job search, a few interesting things happened. I thought it probably warrants another blog post.

Just a bit of context though… (I feel like I need to make sure that we are all on the same page before I get too far.) At the end of June I completed the most difficult educational period of my life – three months at The Iron Yard in Atlanta.

At the end of those three months everyone in my cohort started looking for jobs. So, its been a few months since I started looking and applying for entry/junior level Ruby on Rails positions.

Job hunting is something that I’ve never really had to do. I’ve always worked for people that I’ve known. There were no cover letters, no application process, no resumes, no interviews… So I’ve been trying to figure the entire process out while doing it for the first time. Read On…!

Job Hunting Is Kind of Discouraging – Coming Up For A Breath of Air

Sunset Over the Barn and Silo

Sunset Over the Barn and Silo

Hey everyone!

I hope you all are doing fine.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve not been posting much here in the past few weeks. There are many reasons, but I thought I’d write a bit and explain a bit why I haven’t been posting.

Firstly it isn’t that I don’t want to write. I enjoy taking words and moulding them into something that either makes sense, evokes a feeling or asks for action. I will always enjoy the creation of content.

Instead I’ve found it is difficult to write these days simply because I seem to lack in the “what to create” department. I’ve tried to write numerous times and given up because it feels like I am writing the same thing over and over.

Here is the truth. Looking for a job can be rather discouraging. Read On…

I Started Asking Questions – Here is What I Learned

This guy was building rock towers in Maine last summer. Definitely some parallels to building skills and looking for a job.

This guy was building rock towers on a beach in Maine last summer. There are definitely some parallels to be applied to building developing skills and looking for a job.

As I’ve been applying for more and more jobs in the past few weeks I’ve noticed a few things recurring. One of those things is that a number of people have written me back saying something along the lines of this…

“At this time we are not able to hire junior level developers. Thanks for applying, we will keep your resume on record and let you know if anything changes in the coming months…”

While this is definitely not what I was looking to hear when I applied for the job I totally understand.

At any rate, I decided to change what I did with those kind of emails. For the first number of them I would just push them to the side, mark that company off of my “resume and cover letter sent – waiting for reply” list and move on… Instead I decided to try a few things and just see what would happen. Find out what I learned!

I Slept in a Tent and Read Harrys Code

I slept in a tent for a few nights recently... not in this location though...

I slept in a tent for a few nights recently… not in this location though…

The last two nights I slept in a tent. Although I slept pretty well, I am confident in saying that I probably didn’t rest as well as I would have sleeping in my own bed.

With that being said, there is something kind of amazing about sleeping outside, hearing the night creatures make their noises, feeling the breeze as it blows through the tent “windows.”

Camping is a wonderful way to break away from the normal every day life. Continue reading

Working on Personal Projects – Scratching My Little Itch

Interestingly enough, although a lot of my time is spent looking for and applying for jobs… I still need other things to do from time to time. Sure, I could just sleep a few more hours every day, that would be welcome in some ways, but I bet I could do something worth a bit more if I’d put my mind to it.

Besides, it makes sense in my head that I would continue to write programs so that I can continue to learn. After all, my favorite way to learn is by doing stuff. Continue reading