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Do you worry about getting fired all the time? And does it look bad in your resume if you got fired vs if you have resigned from a place? And what's with the new employer always asking about your last salary? Why should it matter? I am constantly worried about increasing my salary not because I need the money but because I feel like if I have a bigger amount right now, then when I switch, I can get a better hike. I don't have a near-future plan of getting hired by a large company. I like working in smaller startups and products. But is your last salary that important on getting a good hike? and does getting fired vs quitting make any difference in your future interviews?
I guess, I am constantly filled with anxiety about my future job security and I wanna make sure that I have all my bases covered. But with some gaps in between my jobs and having a history of getting fired once from a company, I am constantly worried that I won't get a good offer if I leave my current company. Even though I have been getting job offers constantly, but I am scared to leave my current company because I wanna make sure I work in a company long term this time because for some reason it's a big deal for companies if you switch too much.
What do you think? Have you switched your jobs a couple of times? And are things like last salary, time spent in last companies, and gaps make a huge impact on your future offer?5
Who the fuck thought React would be a great idea. I mean I have been creating app from scratch for almost 3 years now and I was able to learn almost anything that was thrown at me, from PHP, Python, Django, Laravel, Node-Express, custom frameworks and everything in between.
Even after 3 years in the industry, I still constantly feel like I am extremely underpaid... It doesn't help that there's shit ton of below average companies trying to hire. For me, it seems like the job scene is flooded with bad companies and I can never get connected to the right company. So, I compromise and take crappy jobs with crappy salary. I thought by now I'll be earning 6 figures but here I am living paycheck to paycheck. So much for high promises of high paying developer career. Not that I got into the industry for the money in the first place, but it would be great to recieve the salary I think I deserve... It's not like I am asking an impossible amount...and then the managers wonder why I put in the paper.. I mean wake up! It doesn't take much to keep your developers happy.. what the fuck is wrong with these companies..3
So, thus just happened. Few days back, I received a message on LinkedIn by an HR, regarding a job role. So, I asked her about the company and what they do. I researched about it and found out that it's fairly small agency providing software service. But the salary they were offering was great. So, Indulged myself to pursue the opportunity. So, she asked for a cv and I sent her one. Well, then I recieve what seemed like a template message they send out to everyone that applies for the job on the portal. But I was like "dude! You approached me to accept the offer! And now you are sending me message saying 'thanks for applying to our company' and all that shit? Wtf? ... anyways, that should have been a red flag. Next thing I receive is some sort of assessment link. Turns out, it's a fucking Tony Robbinsons DISC assessment..lol..so, I complete it and send the result of the test. I received another message from her telling me that I have cleared the assignment and that I have moved onto the next round, which will be a zoom call.
So, during the zoom call, I find out that she has no interest in me whatsoever. And it felt like she is just reading some scripted questions from some sheet. Whatever, I answer and then she gives me a link to another test. She gives me 30 minutes to complete the mcq questions while I share my screen. Okay! So after finishing the test, I find out it's a fucking IQ test! .. I scored 112 ...she immediately tells me that she's sorry that I couldn't score any higher. The minimum bar for qualifying for the next round is 120, she said. Seriously? 112? And 120? How much of a difference is that again? And a fucking IQ test ? Why ? And no further question or answer. She almost straight up hangs up the call! ... It's a fucking small, web development agency. What the fuck was that IQ test for? And the whole process felt like I was the one who had applied for the role. She was being a pain in the ass on LinkedIn for so long that I thought..what the heck, I'll see what the post is about.. but nope..No talk about the job role, or the company or what they do...whatsoevr...just straight to IQ test...lol...And I don't even remember when was the last time I even took an IQ test. She at least should have let me known before hand that this video call will be an IQ test right? I mean what the fucking fuck.. I felt so fucking insulted..10
It's so fucking frustrating to see new frameworks and languages come out every day that do the same old shit just in a much worse way with just a prettier paint job applied to them. I wish people focused on solving actual problem and getting expertise in the core tech rather than just promoting frameworks and languages and all that shit. The way I see it, software engineering hasn't changed much in last 30 years. Fundamentals are still the same. They just keep slapping new labels on old tech and just push developers to adopt them, which would have been fine if they had made our lives any easier. But what they actually end up doing is just going backwards and making things unnecessarily complicated and slow and tedious. The end result should be to build products and build them well and not care about what latest tech that's running the product. It's just so fucking frustrating to see companies asking for node js and react developers or machine learning or AI experts when most of them haven't even flushed out a plan for proper mvp yet. And they don't even know why they are asking for express over laravel or django over rails. Its5 just so fucking stupid and irritating. I am done learning new stuff anymore. And I am done giving interviews for these stupid roles.6
There has been this itch at the back of my mind recently, to go back and finish my university degree. I had only one semester left when I dropped out and started working. Now, I have over 3 years of experience and I don't know if quitting my job to finish my degree is gonna be a better option in terms of my career. I mean, I had completed all the core computer subjects like ds and algo, discrete maths, calculus, os etc. But only a few subjects was left before I left to work for a company. Now, my parents think completing my degree is gonna help my career. I don't see any point in going back to finish degree since I have real world experience of working in multiple products. But this unfinished degree is causing me a lot of anxiety recently. It makes my imposter syndrome worse by making me feel like I am not a real engineer. But at the same time, I know going back to get my degree isn't gonna add any skills except a certificate.19
Why do people, especially online influencers make such a big deal about having gaps in your work experience? I have never faced any issues finding work due to few months of gaps in between my work. I think considering the nature of our work, everyone should take at least 2 months off every year or every 6-8 months. That could mean taking leave or just quitting job and taking some rnr and then resuming work in another job. Also, what this deal about your next job asking about your last salary?! I mean, if you interview me and if I am right fit, what does my current expectation has to do anything with my last salary?10
Everyone and their grandma seems to have a portfolio site and a blog. Is it that important to market yourself as a developer? I mean I understand if you are a new developer. But is it necessary for an experienced developer to have a blog or a social media presence? Isn't it better to have anonymity on the internet? Isn't it a waste of time for one to maintain a blog and social media presence?22
Is development supposed to be this stressful! ... I am juggling a full-time job and a part-time gig as a full stack developer. And I am sick and tired of constant tight deadlines, unrealistic expectations from the managers and owners.
I literally feel sick, constantly working 12+ hours a day. I thought only the initial year was supposed to be this overwhelming. But I am working professionally for almost 3 years now and I still feel overwhelmed, stressed because of this career.
Should I quit for a few months and continue my studies? Or should I just tough it out?12