Don’t Call Yourself A Programmer, And Other Career Advice

Came across this blog post by Patrick McKenzie, which I found pretty interesting especially the “other career advice” bit. He makes a lot of good points, although some of them are slightly cynical.

Some of the points I found most interesting, summarised:

  • The only real goals of writing software are increasing business revenue, and decreasing costs.
  • You’re better off working on software that does the former, for various reasons.
  • If you’re talented, the software stack you use doesn’t matter that much when it comes to getting employment.
  • Job benefits like free coffee cost almost nothing and are no excuse for less compensation.
  • Modesty will get you nowhere. Good communication skills and confidence will.
  • What gets you jobs is giving the perception that you can create value.
  • Social grooming affects us all. People back poor ideas of people they like over good ones from people they don’t like. People like people who they think are like them.

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