We all know how tough it can be to get on the right career path these days not to mention any job in general.
So I decided to impart a little of my first-hand knowledge I picked up from getting into the job market and any other helpful pointers along the way.
While at University studying computer science we were generally discouraged from picking up any part-time jobs as it could interfere with our studies. It was excellent for the first year, but as you know, the funds soon run out. I did not go down the weekend temp job in a bar like everyone else I knew at the time. Instead, I first tried to make some extra cash from fixing students computers and building budget gaming machines. It was fun but still didn’t get me enough steady income.
Mining from the bottom up
My first online venture was building a bitcoin mining rig and writing a blog about how I made it with setup instructions and illustrations. It was not so profitable as you have to wait a long time to get some revenue and the parts were becoming more expensive. My blog, on the other hand, gained some interest and helped find another project. It was an online gaming website to spend bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Also not a great success but gained some experience with web design and the cryptocurrency market. Something I would encourage if interested in either of these fields.
Manage your time
Then I was asked to write blog posts for our student website regarding maintaining your PC and other good habits while using a computer. We were allowed to use advertising and sponsors on the site, so this was a regular paying job. I liked this work a lot as it fitted around my studies and gained more blogging skills even though the pay was not as much as I would have liked. Soon I encountered a problem where I had too much work and not enough time to finish especially in my second year. So I discovered a trusted essay writing platform that could help with my workload and keep me on track not to mention free up my time.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get
After I left college and started to look for programming work, there was a time where I could not find a company to take on an inexperienced programmer. Luckily the few temporary jobs I kept since one was enough to survive. I even was able to find a position by posting an advert on one blog site. My next tip is don’t be scared to ask the universe (or audience) what you want. At first, I thought this would seem desperate, but if you do it well, it is a legitimate portal to advertise yourself. Blogging is not my desired area of work, but it could be a very successful option if I pursued it further for serious long term employment.
A Techies Takeaway
So upon reflection would I recommend blogging while learning IT? Well yes of course, if you enjoy writing and want to share something with others then go for it. If you are learning graphical design then this could be beneficial and the potential to turn your blogs into something very creative. Which could give you the edge over everybody else? I’ve seen some cool designs with the use of Java and even just photoshop. If you are in the more logical area of studies, I would still advise giving a try also if the money is not satisfactory at first. Just remember don’t be scared to try new things!