In the early 2010s I was working in tech support, struggling to support a family, and watching the developers in my same company have a lot more fun and get paid a lot more. In this talk, I share a bit about my path from support to software development in the hopes that it will help someone else exploring this path. I also explain how I ended up shifting away from being a full-time developer to my current marketing role of Developer Relations.
- Focus on a single language, framework, and use case when you're starting out
- Define your goals clearly, and try not to default to taking any job that pays more money than your current one
- Realize that the advice you get may be outdated, since the industry has shifted a lot in the last 5 years
- If, after getting a development job, you realize that it wasn't right for you: there are lots of roles that can still use those skills!
Nočnica Fee is a developer advocate, specializing in cloud applications, serverless computing, and containerization. She writes regularly for The New Stack and has been published in Information Age and Forbes. She blogs on dev.to, streams on Twitch at twitch.tv/serverlessmom, and spends her weekends caring for her dozens of houseplants. Get in touch on Twitter @serverless_mom