Offbeat Bits

How to get a job in IT?

🇵🇱 Kliknij tutaj, aby przeczytać polską wersję tego artykułu. I have been working in IT since 2011. Once in a while I am asked to give advice on getting a job in this industry. Much as I love sharing everything I've learnt, giving a concise one-size-fits-all answer is quite a challenging task.

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That tiny JavaScript library that couldn't

In 2019 I was working for this well-known local equivalent of Initech from The Office Space, building and maintaining dozens of landing pages designed to sell entertainment services to millions of people. Apart from tight deadlines, delivering magic as ASAP as possible and bazillions of legacy code my work was slow and devoid of any adrenaline. It was so bad I had to invent my own ways of injecting fun to dull days in the office.

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4 months in Hyrule but is the world my oyster?

Faint female voice broke the silence. Light faded in. I opened my eyes. Still disoriented, I got dressed and picked my smartphone from a wireless charger. No new mail. No Twitter mentions. No missed calls. All right then... Wait, what? Why is it showing March 2120? Why is my system corrupt? What happened last night? And why did 'last night' take 100 years? What happened to that bat virus from China?

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Should you really quit Facebook?

When I'm starting this piece, news of the day is that Facebook's userbase declined for the first time in history. The side effect, apart from crashing stock prices, is that it became fashionable to brag about having quit Facebook a while ago and calling others to do that. I've been living 'Facebook-free' since mid-2010s and I want to say: sure, if you feel like it, go ahead. But first, let me tell you what is gonna change if you decide to quit Facebook cold turkey. Because, you know, maybe you shouldn't.

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Just another personal summary of 2021

When I'm writing these words, 2022 is around the corner. I guess it's a good idea to write some sort of summary of 2021. It also looks like a perfect opportunity to say something foolish so that I can laugh at my past self next year.

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Three months with MacBook Pro

Hell froze. I bought an Apple computer. And now I should write ten paragraphs on how Apple is supremely better than anything and bait those poor Windows plebs to argue with me. I totally should. Not today though. Even I maintain certain standards for cheap laughs on my own blog.

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Remember. No loyalty

In 2016 the corporation I was working for signed a contract for building a unified business solution for all of its companies. The project was developed by an external entity, a very well-known name in the industry. We, the IT department employees, were supposed to maintain the new system once it was done. For a brief moment I thought something new and interesting was behind the corner. Then, a few years later, I abruptly woke up to a feeling I had made one of my biggest professional mistakes.

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What HR says vs what I hear

I have spent a few years sharpening my saw and looking for a new professional challenge after 7 years of a decently paid, yet very boring corporate career. Since 2017 I attended numerous job interviews, talked to dozens of recruiters and cancelled many promising processes at various stages. I also heard certain statements way too often and we need to talk about them.

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Type carefully or deamons shell arice

I've owned way too many domain names. Some of them I use for actual production projects. Some of them wait for their turn to host a new brilliant business idea. Others I buy for funsies because they look cool. Yes, I agree my spending habits are questionable. But sometimes this is too much fun for wrong reasons.

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Let's talk some pandemic

To say 2020 was a rough year is like saying nothing at all. I still have fresh memories of it so I'm going to jot them down before they evaporate so that I can have a moment of oddly-directed nostalgia in 2030.

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