Don’t Call Yourself a Programmer, and Other Career Advice

Don’t Call Yourself a Programmer, and Other Career Advice

One out of every two jobs is at the end of its predictable, long tenure. Enormous opportunity, a million-dollar bonus, five years of stability

Many of us will be tempted to give up, to pass on the opportunity to transform. We may want to relax into good health or we may want to worry more about the personal commitments that will become necessary to succeed.

But there is no time that is too soon to embrace what success really means. Developing a wonderful professional legacy will really do the trick. So much emphasis is placed on time in our lives that people recognize the dangers of time thinking.

As a teacher in the past, my education policy has always been to concentrate on the semester to obtain more complete and focused education. With that in mind, I always scheduled my afternoon work program. The first class was typically eight hours long, and I would ask the students to start the day with work. But within the hour before class would start, I would usually find them at work, followed by the third class. By the time the program ended, I was well into the fourth or fifth day. Even once people had finished their work, which was often at late noon, I used the excess time to end the day with a vigorous discussion of the inner role of school. The formula I used could be applied to other jobs, too. It was just that the longer the day the greater the energy needed to complete tasks.

Not every job is easy. Usually it is not an easy gig. There will always be people that set unattainable goals and expectations that they would like to achieve. In most jobs, if you meet those goals, you will have to meet them. However, if your goal is to become a world-class programmer, that may not be feasible. In today’s competitive job market, a programmer is highly sought after. The people who want to be programmers are applying through diverse job postings and can easily translate their talents into winning jobs.

If you do want to become a programmer, you have to start by building your network. There are several recruiting sites dedicated to the profession, such as,, and Be sure to look out for opportunities where other colleagues might be qualified. If you know someone who might be able to provide you with the skills or experience you will need to be successful, then it is much easier to apply those skills. If not, you need to decide if you want to focus on career advancement at a company or if you want to be self-employed.

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About Ann Jaye

Ann Jaye Brown is a 28-year-old resident artist at a studio who enjoys planking, writing and badminton. She is energetic and creative, but can also be very greedy and a bit impatient. She is a British Christian who defines herself as straight. She has a degree in chemistry.

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