A few weeks ago, I met an old friend for breakfast – he’s had his own company for a few years, building a web application, but has been considering going back to work full-time. Excited by the prospect of it, he still felt concerned about being able to pass a technical screen, so I gave him the advice you’ll see below. If you’re looking to return to the tech world – or are changing career paths – these tips will help to get you on the track to success.
The more you know, the more you understand what you don’t know
At first I thought this was typical imposter’s syndrome. My friend has nearly ten years of experience with programming and has been an entrepreneur of one sort or another for more than thirty. For the last five years, he’s been working on his own product, which is a fairly complex J2EE site. But, like a lot of good developers, he thinks that what he does isn’t as impressive as what others are doing. When you work on something for a long time, you become intimately familiar all of its flaws, and then when you see something new that someone else is doing, you only see the positives and begin to compare yourself.
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I told him he was definitely qualified for a programming job if he wanted one, but asked what was up with his project. It turns out that in the last year or so, he had been mainly working on the business side of his project, not the programming, which was largely finished. And, even the business side didn’t need his full-time attention. He wanted to find an agency that would allow him to take on some short-term contract work because he missed programming and had the available time.
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