People are increasingly switching their careers to the IT field, especially programming. 💻
Oftentimes, they cannot answer why they want to learn how to code, except for financial motivations.
Because the question is often asked during job interviews, it is important to have a good answer. What can you do about it?
In my professional experience, the royal road to the IT field is immersing yourself in a disciplined process of research, support, and planning.💡
This includes taking online courses (e.g. Coursera, Udemy, edX), finding a mentor (e.g. Women Go Tech, idialogue), and getting proper career coaching.
An industry-informed coach will help you deal with your fears, collect your thoughts around your values, goals, and motivations, as well as come up with a reasonable career plan.
After that, you will be able to provide solid reasons why you want to join the IT field as well as explain your vision and plan for the future. ☀️
Do you think interviewing for grit is important while hiring? How to interview for grit?
Asked by Mangirdas Adomaitis
There are different definitions of grit, so let me give you mine. I define grit as "passionate perseverance despite failure".
Research shows that grit is associated with career success, along with high consciousness (personality trait) and particularly high IQ (general intelligence).
Contrary to consciousness and IQ that are "programmed" by our genes and developed through proper parenting/schooling, grit is one of the few abilities that can be actually taught or learned, even in later stages of life.
So, if you are a hiring manager and you want to identify grit in your candidates, here is what you can do at every recruitment stage:
1. Employer branding. Share the success stories of your employees that you consider gritty. Make sure that gritty candidates could identify with your gritty colleagues. A good example will always attract good people.
2. Pre-screening. Look in the CV or LinkedIn for hints of projects that required a lot of time and effort and had a high risk of failure. If the candidate managed to surf through the project and feels proud about it, whether the project succeeded or failed, the person might be gritty.
3. Interviewing. While listening to the person's story, look for hints of perseverance and passion. People who are considered gritty do not give up easily, maintain focus, and are able to postpone pleasure, e.g. product shipment, high revenues, etc. You can also ask to provide specific examples.
4. Psychological assessment. If you have the resources, you can always test people using personality tests. Here is an example of a valid and reliable one: https://angeladuckworth.com/grit-scale/. However, do not trust only in the test results, see the bigger picture.
Here is a list of red flags that may indicate a lack of grit:
- Tendency to switch between jobs or projects without no particular reason (however, do not jump to conclusions without hearing the candidate's story first)
- Tendency to drop out of the university or college, especially during the last years of study (however, make sure that the person just did not choose an interesting job over boring studies)
- Difficulty keeping attention on a single task, especially if the task is supposed to be interesting and engaging (this is more visible during hands-on technical interviews)
- Lack of passion or excitement about one's job, area of interest, or field of expertise (gritty people are usually "geeks" in their own unique way and they will let you know about their nerdiness during the interview)
Hope I answered!
What makes a good software engineer? 💻
This is the question which popped in my head when I decided to improvise a video and upload it on Qoorio.
No preparation, no makeup, no filters, just sheer stream of consciousness on topic(s) which I find important.
Despite the low volume and weird intonation, I found the video relatively bearable to watch, what do you think? 🌿
The book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck categorises people in two groups based on their mindset: a rigid mindset or a growth one. The first one is possessed by people who have innate skills that more difficulty will be developed and bettered. The second one, on the other hand, is possessed by people who think that commitment, passion for learning and humility can make anyone reach their determined goals. Choosing the right mindset is crucial in relationships, athletic careers, business and drastically change the course of your life.