By now it’s been about a month since the last post that I released on this blog. And, if I may be allowed to be totally honest, that’s too darn long. It’s been a month packed with experiences adjusting to a new life in a new place. A month getting back in touch with old…Continue Reading “Why I write this blog”
Author’s Note: This post is a sequel to last week’s Lessons from Remote Work Job Interviews around the world. – Pt 1. If you haven’t read that one, I highly suggest starting there.
Last week we talked about the first three lesson’s I got from my 4 month remote work interviewing process. We mainly learned that:
- There will always be someone better, but that doesn’t have to stop us.
- Saying “I don’t know” can be surprisingly powerful.
- Reinforcing your fundamentals can lead you to discover new strengths.
Now, this week, we’re going to be discussing the final three lessons I got from this journey, starting now:Continue Reading "Lessons from Remote Work Job Interviews around the World. – Pt 2"
I’ve spent the past 4 months of my life with a single focus: Getting a Remote Job. This was a process that led me into a journey of self-discovery, learning and personal growth. Here are some of the lessons I learned from Remote Work Job Interviews around the World.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just spend 4 months throwing resumes out there and hoping for the best. That wouldn’t have been enough. These were three of the most hard-working months of my entire life: I’m talking 16 hour days of work and study.
And while I know that it may sound excessive for some people, to me it only made sense. I knew I wanted to change Jobs, and I knew I wasn’t about to settle down for more of the same. I didn’t want another 9 to 5, different office, similar commute.
No, my friends. To me, getting a remote job meant obtaining freedom. Freedom to be wherever I wanted to be, and to visit my friends and family more often.
But, as some of you may already know, remote work isn’t an easy perk to come by. And it’s not that hard to understand why: you’re competing against the whole world for a job like this. This also meant that remote work job interviews were going to be a little more competitive than usual.
So I had to make my mind, was I willing to fight for the kind of life I wanted? And not only was the answer yes, but by now I can also say: It worked.
But this process didn’t come without it’s fair share of challenges. It wasn’t easy. And yet I would be lying if I were to say I didn’t learn anything from it.
I gained more than just the job I wanted from this experience – I gained valuable lessons that will forever change the way I see life. And these are the ones I want to talk about today.Continue Reading "Lessons from Remote Work Job Interviews around the World. – Pt 1"
There comes a point in everybody’s path in which we must decide what we’re going to be doing for the rest of our lives. And, not only must we choose while not being fully mature, we must also be able to [somehow] guess the future viability of our choice. Five years down the line. I’m speaking, of course, about how to choose a fulfilling career.
The idea of this article first came to me while watching the soon-to-be-classic Three Idiots. A movie which, needless to say, is a must watch for anyone. Period. But, I guess, if you’re going through college (specially engineering), then the movie’s going to resonate with you a lot more.
Most of the drama in Three Idiots revolves around the feelings that drive the heroes in their career choices. It also deals with the pressure that comes from basing such choices on the wrong reasons.
While it is a little more complex than this, the three main viewports that the movie provides for picking a career are:
- Pressure from others.
- Fear of embracing your true calling.
- And (if you’re lucky) true passion towards the craft.
And these points are the reason that got me hooked on this movie, in the first place.
Each one of these world views represents one of the main characters: Raju, Farham and Rancho respectively. But they also represent points of view that I held at different points in my life. And I doubt I’m the only one.
During this article, we will be having a look at all three reasons in order. Mostly because I feel that the first two precede the last one in most people’s journey for self understanding.
That being said though, let’s get started.Continue Reading "How to choose a fulfilling career."
“I can’t take a break right now, I’ve been trying for three straight days and It just won’t work” my friend was telling me this as he sat hunched on top of his desk, bags under his eyes and a worried expression on his face. “That is precisely why you need to stop working on it for now”, was what I told him as I took a couple of cold ones out of the fridge.
He looked at me like I was crazy, he couldn’t possibly relax and drink beers with me, and specially not when he had already spent three days to work on code that been estimated in hours. I promised him that if he had just one drink with me, he would find the answer he had been looking for these past three days.
No more than two hours had passed, and we were sitting on the floor talking about life and whatnot; when all of a sudden he lighted up completely and jumped back to his pc.
He had this look on his face like he had just heard the answer of life, the universe and everything; and it didn’t take long before he finished all the work that he wasn’t able to wrap his head around for days.
It happens, we focus so hard on the work we’re trying to do that we lose sight of the original idea. Tiredness, tunnel vision and outright stubbornness can prevent us from being able to think outside of the box we ourselves created around the problem we’re facing.
You can push through all these obstacles and move forward to reach your goal. And there are definitely times when you’ll have to do this.
But most of the time though, I would argue that what you really need is to take a break.
Lately I’ve been seeing an interesting trend in this whole ecosystem that we call “The Workplace”.
And that is the trend of working to live, to survive, to make it to the next pay check. Even more so amongst my generation’s counterparts (I’m what you refer to as a millennial, apparently) I see this trend of working to support their lifestyle, their habits, their hobbies.
But, to be entirely honest with you, this whole trend never really hit home with me. Why, you ask? Well, I do have a very simple answer:
My job started as my hobby.
This is not really all that important but, I do web development. Yup. I’m one of those guys doing stuff on the web. I stress about servers, I complain about lines of code, I argue over homepage real-estate and I make some pretty decent billboards.
Yet above any and all of those things: I am deeply in love with the profession I chose.
It is a relationship that I have nurtured and prioritized throughout my years, and just like any other bond I have shared, it’s had some ups and downs. But what I’ve found is that your relationship to your trade works just like any other one: You have to put in some work to make the best of it.
Grabbed your interest yet? Let’s get to the good parts.