Hello fellow programmers, my name is Florin Mirosnicencu and in today’s article I want to talk about your local dev comunity and why do you want to be part of it.
What do I mean by ‘local community’? In almost every decent size city there is a code meetup and maybe a FB group. If you start interacting with the participants you are going to see that they are very similar to you. They are people interested in technology that want to talk to other people that are interested in technology.
You may be asking yourself:
Why would I want to go to a random meet up after work?
Now, this is a very good question, and the answer is even shorter because you need to meet people.
If you know other developers, then you can ask
Let’s say you want to change your job because you think your current company isn’t a great fit anymore. Of course, you can look on the internet and apply to jobs with your CV and your LinkedIn profile, just like any other developer would do.
If you have been going to a meet-up regularly and you know developers that come in every month, you can ask them if they know of any opportunity maybe from their friends or from their company.
If you find out about a job from a friend, then you can ask them a lot of questions about the company how they work etc, before even submitting your CV. This information is really valuable, and it can save you months of wasted time, if your new job is not what you expected/wished, and you need to look for a new job again.
You can share and receive information
Let’s be honest, there are some taboo questions in the software development area that can’t be discussed freely with your colleagues.
- How much money you make?
- Are you looking for a new job?
- Etc (Anything related about interviewing and compensation)
From my experience it’s a lot easier to have a discussion that touch those subjects at a meet up because you don’t work together, so you can be honest (at least this is how I am).
There are other advantages, but meeting other developers and getting the chance to ask them questions it’s going to help you in the long term.
You can also help with the organisation part so you can put on your resume that you are co-organiser :), or maybe you can give a 15 minute talk about a technology you work with.
Let me know if I got this one right from your point of view 🙂