Let Nothing Stop You

Hallo allerseits,

It’s been a little while since I last posted, so I wanted to write about the reason why. Essentially, it’s because I’ve been crazy busy.

As you may have read from 3 posts ago, I’m currently a QA. I’m excited to be involved in the steps that it takes to release software, and glad that I have the opportunity to learn first-hand what it looks like to be agile. This is definitely a step in the right direction that I’m very thankful for, and I’m excited to continue growing as I strive to become a developer.

One of the reasons I’m currently in this position is that I don’t have a strong amount of experience. This is a difficult thing to overcome, because you need a job to get experience and you need experience to get a job. If I happened to discover the awesomeness that is development before I graduated high school, I might have enrolled in some classes or even gone to college for a computer science degree. That didn’t happen though, so I have to find some way of accruing experience without the assistance of education if I expect any results within the next couple years (I could and may enroll to get a degree, but that wouldn’t benefit me until I’m in school for awhile. Also, juggling family, a full-time job and school is something that the word “difficult” just doesn’t seem to describe well.)

Despite those facts, I’m determined, so I’ve come up with another way: open source projects. Whether it’ll work or not, I’ll soon find out.

Essentially, I’m going to put aside all the katas and practice projects I’ve been doing and focus on writing for already-existing projects. This allows me to get realistic experience and will allow people to see the work I’m doing. Also, because I have a family and full-time job that utilizes most of my time, open source is good because it’s flexible enough where I won’t be under time constraints.

Thus far, I’ve looked into the Mono project due to my experience in mobile development and interest in becoming a cross-platform developer. I’d considered checking out some Linux distros, but want to stay focused on honing my experience with .NET, JavaScript and Ruby. If any of you readers are aware of some projects that would fit my need, I’d greatly appreciate input here in the comments section or on any of my social sites.

Even though I’m not doing exactly what I want to do right now, I hope this will be an encouragement to anyone who has a dream but feels like it’s too far out of reach. Sometimes I struggle with confidence, thinking I won’t make it or I’ll never be good enough. However, I’ve gotten this far, and have to constantly remind myself to keep going, always considering that the goal is close, that this career pretty much requires a lifetime of learning to be good at it, and that there’s people who believe I can do it.

So, in closing, let nothing, EVEN YOURSELF, stop you.

As always, Dank für Lesen!

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