Chris Ferdinandi - Web Developer & Author

David and Chris discuss the pros and cons of the networking process, the benefits of working from home, and how people can transition from one career to web development.

Talking Points:
  • Learn how Chris switched careers from HR to Development.
  • Most important aspects of learning programming.
  • The networking experience.
  • Good talking points to start networking with people.
  • Importance of understanding the hiring process from the hiring manager’s point of view.
  • Tips and tricks that will help you land your first job.
  • Should you get any job in tech or find where you fit? And how do you find that fit?
  • Red and green flags to look for when applying to a job.
  • Working in office vs working from home.
Quotable Quotes:
  • “[Becoming a Junior Dev] really can be much simpler than — broadly speaking — what the internet wants people to believe.” - DG
  • “I hit a point where I was enjoying the tech-web stuff way more than the HR stuff. And that’s when I decided that I wanted to do it for the rest of my career life.” - CF
  • “Learning momentum is such an important part of the [ learning ] process.” - CF
  • “The most important thing I learned from my dad about career stuff is the importance of networking.” - CF
  • “[Networking] bothers my sense of fairness.” - CF
  • “All the questions or many of them that you have about career stuff can be done through networking.” - CF
  • “Job boards just suck. They are the absolute worst way to find a job.” - CF
  • “I don’t think employers realize.…how much it benefits the company when you are remote.” - CF
Notes:
Chris’ Website:
gomakethings.com
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gomakethings.com/junior-to-senior
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