Normally I try to refrain from my political views on any public forum, but this past election cycle in America mixed with current events has given me a lot of feelings. Feelings that I can no longer keep silent about. I know right? My exes reading this would probably laugh at the last sentence since I always seem to receive feedback to be "more emotional" ... but I digress.
My last job was a very unique hybrid role between being a developer and customer support. I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the most amazing people and developers/designers in the tech industry in this job. Friday was my last day working this job to pursue Code School full time with the end goal of a career in software engineering.
There's a popular saying of "those who can't do teach." I for one disagree with this saying.
This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to get invited to be a teaching assistant for the introductory workshop that my code school has once a month. The main purpose is to give students a crash course in HTML and CSS, so they can deploy a finished site while working in groups. Having the exposure to the bare bones basics can give them a taste of what software development is like and they can be better educated on if they'd like to continue down the road of becoming a software developer.
Most companies and organizations have mission statements, so why not create a mission statement for yourself as an individual?
It's important to start with a high level vision of what you'd like to accomplish when starting on a project. It is very easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the micro level steps that are necessary to complete the overall project while forgetting the end goal.
Here's my mission statement for how I'd like to live my life. I recognize that life is in a constant state of evolution and recognize that individual list items might be added, deleted, or amended.
What are some things you'd like to accomplish and/or be remembered for?
Being lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing developers everyday in both my professional and personal life, I've always had a little bit of imposter syndrome when discussing my process in learning how to code and sharing the source code for the projects that I've completed.