Practical career advice: resources

April 13, 2015 | career, resources, education

The following resources serve as a followup for my talk “Practical Advice for Establishing Your Engineering Career”.

IRC

I personally use IRCCloud, which is free unless you want backlog ($5/mo).

IRCCloud will walk you through the basic setup of an account, including registering your nick on Freenode so no one else can take it from you.

Podcasts

On the whole, I recommend these podcasts without caveats about assholes, trigger warnings, and problematic language (although I have not listened to every episode). However, please note that there are some specific episodes that should be approached with caution.

Mailing lists

Technical

Career, education, mentorship

Conference talks

Blogs and online media

Books

Code practice and review

While it does require a bit of a technical know-how to setup and install the command line interface for Exercism.io, the exercises are top quality. Once you start submitting things, you’ll be able to view other people’s code as well and do what’s call “nitpick”, which means provide a review or comment on their code.

If you’re initimidated by nitpicking (I know I am!), I highly recommend you create an anonymized Github account (all account creation and authorization for Exercism is done through your Github account).