Bad Advice

So a quick update on my journey at Launch School. I am now writing in object oriented programming in Ruby and I am currently learning about testing and it’s pretty awesome.

Now to get to the what this entry is all about. I find a lot of beginners like myself given bad advice from people who most of the time do not have a lot of credibility in software engineering.

A lot of people will tell you that you can know the basics and become job ready, in other words you can do the bare minimum and get a job. While there is a little bit of truth in this, I will tell you right now, that is not the job that you want.

The reason why you don’t want those type of jobs is because you don’t want to work for a company desperate to take just anybody because often times, they will expect so much out of you that you were just not ready for yet and a lot of times people end up miserable in those jobs and may leave.

Here is a story for you.

Before starting Launch School, I was building a portfolio of basic projects and thought it was enough to get a job and I applied for this one company, which is an advertising agency. I though I was overqualified for their job, because I was very familiar with everything on the job description.

Well one week later…..

I get an email back from the CEO and he tells me that they will not consider me at this time. I was shocked, upset, and devastated. I thought for sure, I would at least get an interview. I called one of my friends who is a developer and he told me, “What did you expect? You thought they would hire you because you made a Todo List and a Calculator?” He was right I wasn’t fooling anyone.

So if you find people telling you the following

  • “All you have to do is know the basics and you’ll get the job”
  • “They will train you just do this”
  • “You can just do super small projects and get that job”


These people are telling you all sorts of lies. I just want to let people know the realities of finding a job as a developer.

Chris Lee, Instructor at Launch School, says “People complain all the time about how the market is saturated, which isn’t the case. It’s just that most people that apply for a junior position don’t even fit the bill of a junior developer.”

So before you send your resume and click apply after reading that book on HTML and CSS, close that window now! You have no business applying to such job.

I just want people to avoid those pitfalls and I promise that if you do the work, money and job will come.

That’s it for now, I just want new developer to be aware of these pitfalls.

I’ll end it with this quote

~ There are no destinations without journies