Yet Another Post About Things To Know Before Becoming A Developer

Disclaimer: I ripped this from an old blog post of mine and updated (I hope) the relevant bits.

Yes, another one of these posts. I’ve read several, and each one has its merits. So, I decided to write my own. If you’re interested in software development in some capacity, this is probably worth a read. The story isn’t likely unique, but I doubt it’s conventional. Maybe I got to my 10,000 hours earlier than most because of it—who knows. Honestly, I’ve wanted to write code of some kind since I was 7. I thought it was an appropriate enough anecdote to slap on my LinkedIn profile:

I have been hooked on development since my uncle showed me how to write a batch file using edlin on an IBM PS/2–at age 7.

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Giving Back to Motivated Sophomores, Career Lunches, (and doing nice things for others)

The opportunity to drop a little knowledge on a handful of high school sophomores presented itself at a career lunch event hosted at Mt. St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD and sponsored by Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY). As a software developer in today’s age, I jumped at the opportunity to share some of my experience! #hobymd2014

I regrettably wasted a lot of my high school era, so it was a personally rewarding experience to say the least. Thirty-six professionals from all walks of life attended, each given two tables of ~8 sophomores to guide through a two-hour luncheon. Many were local to the area, but they came from a number of professions. HOBY estimated the distribution by gauging BLS for jobs by popularity in 2020, the year 2014-sophomores would likely complete their undergrad work and enter the workforce. Government, education, health, arts and technology professionals were all there, representing their niche in the economy.

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