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Fascinating read. And if any #juniorsintech want to know why tech is so focused on gatekeeping, & why trying to get your first tech job is a stressful, humiliating experience, this provides some reasons why.

It wasn't always this way, and we can fix it.

nytimes.com/2019/02/13/mag…
The CS degree didn't exist back in the day. No one knew how to code.

"So instead, institutions that needed programmers just used aptitude tests to evaluate applicants’ ability to think logically."

And then they learned on the job.
I mean, wow. What a concept. Instead of expecting applicants to know everything, or asking them to do difficult exercises that have nothing to do with the day to day work of a coder, hire for potential. Then give them the opportunity to learn.
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Gather round, #juniorsintech. Non-juniors in tech. People who don't work in tech.

Or, anyone who has a job and thinks their job is safe.

Is it?

You sure?

In this economy? In this capitalism?

Are you prepared for what you'd do if you lost your job tomorrow?

Was I? Nope.
Still have a job? Good. Start preparing for when you won't have one. Or when you'll need to find another one.

If you're in tech, you know what that means. Get your portfolio together. Get your resume together. Reach out to your network & keep your connections warm.
Have you added your latest UX case studies to your portfolio?

When's the last time you went on HackerRank or CodeWars and tried one of the problems?

Do you still keep in touch with folks who went to your bootcamp?
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