[DevDay2019] Things i wish I knew when I was a 23-year-old Developer - By Christophe Kim Ngo, Founder and President at Code Engine Studio
Christophe will talk about what he's learned from his almost 20 years of experience in the IT industry, and his career and training advice for the upcoming generation. This include his personal experiences, what motivates him everyday, and hopefully may help you define your path to “success”. This is not about any specific technology.
Web Dev: JS, Vue, React
Backend: Java, PHP, Node
Mobile Web & Native Apps
SEO & SEM
UX & Design
Our mission is to unleash the God given
potential in our team to do amazing work
beyond their wildest dreams and become
visionary leaders who can wholeheartedly serve
and change our community for the better.
Work tip. #1
Don’t pick a job. Pick a boss.
Your first boss is the biggest factor in your
career success. A boss who doesn’t trust you
won’t give you opportunities to grow.
- William Raduchel
Work tip. #2
Patience, discipline and dedication are
required. The road to “senior” lies within
quality, not quantity. Time is the only way to
gain the necessary experience. Like many
things in life, there are no shortcuts.
● Build a firm foundation: knowledge &
● Invest in your tools
“'Life is a journey, not a
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Work tip. #3
Understand who and why!
Technology is a tool, it serves the business,
understand the business and the big picture.
● Who is it for? Who wants it?
● Why do they want it? Why is this the best
Work tip. #4
Know, communicate & reset expectations!
● Ask questions! Make sure you really
● Understand what the client and your
supervisor care about.
● There will be language and culture barriers.
● Over communicate.
Work tip. #5
Feel free to complain!
Yet you must remember:
● Complain and come with a solution.
● Complain directly to the person who can
“Choose a job you love, and
you will never have to work a
day in your life.”
“Do something you love. If you are
doing something you are passionate
about, you are just naturally going to
succeed, and a lot of other things will
happen that you don’t need to worry”.
CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra
Life tip. #2
Don’t fear failure.
● Growth requires you go outside of your
● If it's easy, it's not growing you. If it's hard
● The harder it is, the higher the chance for
growth and failure! Get comfortable with it if
you want to reach higher.
Whether you think you can or can't, you're right.
Life tip. #3
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your (character),
Your values become your destiny.”
The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s
greener where you water it.
● We often don’t appreciate what we have, and
take it for granted.
● We fail to see and create opportunities.
Life tip. #5
It's not about how to achieve your dreams, it's
about how to lead your life. If you lead your life
the right way, the dreams will come to you.
Seize every moment because "time is all you
have...and you may find one day that you have
less than you think".