If you work in the tech industry you've heard it before: "we only work with the best." While this phrase may not have caused you to pause before, it should. It's one of the most counter-productive mindsets a person, a company, or an industry can have, and it is rampant in tech. Here's why it is so destructive:
The most important measure of progress in building blogging expertise is not word count, it’s how many timers you hit the publish button. Every post is either a rock or a gem dropped into the water; the rocks will sink and be forgotten but the gems will be scooped up and shared. Drop enough rocks in the water and you are more likely to create a gem.
So push the publish button already.
I recently read an article written on the craft of software development and that got me thinking about how we as a society prepare our citizens for their careers. The gold standard for getting into a great career has been our university system for decades, if not centuries.
The software industry is facing a workforce shortage of unprecedented proportions.
The bureau of labor statistic is projecting a shortage of 1 million people over the next five years, when they compare the number of jobs that will be posted that require a Computer Science degree with the number of graduates the university system will be able to turn out within that same time window. Looking at this huge gap, it's time fot the industry to look at vocational programming schools and apprenticeships as a viable way to solve this problem.