If you’re a junior developer who’s ever wondered if joining tech was a terrible idea, this is the talk for you!
I was equally exhilarated and terrified to start my first job in tech. The road to success is often zigzaggy, and my view as to whether it was worth it - and whether I would make it - varied from one day to the next. Four years later, those fears have been dispelled, as have several key misconceptions I had about tech (and being a programmer). In this talk, we’ll explore them together (plus a few badass Rails tricks to help you level up).
RailsConf 2019: What I learned my first year as a full-time programmer
What I learned my
ﬁrst year as a full-time
Hello! I’m Hilary Stohs-Krause.
Software developer, Ten Forward Consulting
Puns, tech and feminism at @hilarysk
Programmers != the most important people in tech.
They’re bad for business.
✖ More likely to break
✖ More productive, but
lower quality work
✖ Negative behavior is
Forget rockstar-ninja-10x coders1
What actually brings success?
★ Don’t go rogue
★ Slow and steady
★ Collaborative, not
“... converting [a superstar worker] to an
average worker enhances performance to a
much greater extent than replacing an
average worker with a superstar worker.1
How to clear your head
★ Reframe your feelings5
★ Go for a walk7
★ Switch to paper8
★ Clean (or rearrange) your desk
★ Help someone else6
How to ask for help4
1. What are you trying to do?
2. What have you already tried?
3. What else might work that you haven’t tried?
4. How, exactly, can the other person help you?
1. “Toxic Workers” (Harvard Business School)
2. “It’s Not You, It’s It: Voice Recognition Doesn’t Recognize Women” (Time)
3. “Amazon’s Face Recognition Disproportionately Matched Congressional Members
of Color With Mugshots” (The Root)
4. “A guide for junior devs: How to ask for help in 5 steps” (Ten Forward Consulting)
5. “How to Strategically Manage Frustration at Work” (Glassdoor)
6. “7 Science-Backed Methods To Get You Out Of Your Head” (Forbes)
7. “Give Your Ideas Some Legs: The Positive Effect of Walking on Creative Thinking”
(American Psychological Association)
8. “A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop” (Scientiﬁc American)
9. “Study: U.S. Demand for Skilled Tech Workers Rises While Optimism for Finding
Talent Shrinks” (Consumer Technology Association)
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