Blogging my planned approach to education, Take 1

Since I have yet to sit my ass down and come up with a plan of action for how I plan to educate the world, I think it might be cool to talk about it here. I’m not going to erase anything besides typos from now on.

I’m gonna iterate over this bad boy with each “take”. This will be the starting point. I may be going about thinking about this mess the wrong way, but whatever, let’s give it a go.

I suppose that given my goals, the closest person that I can think of who’s doing what I want to do… wait, I haven’t even defined my priorities and my tasks of interest. Here are my top three priorities in whatever work I do.

  • Strong relationships with individuals
  • Educating individuals in topics and technologies directly relevant to their well being in their careers
    • Also skills! Remember, I’m not deleting anything other than typos!
  • Excellent pay
    • Money… I didn’t grow up poor exactly, but I’ve always been lower-middle class and therefore money was always an issue. Lucky for me, I have next to zero interest in fancy things; I just want to be able to live comfortably and be able to support a family (one day).
    • I know “comfortably” is vague, but whatever, I’ll touch on that later, maybe.

Well, I definitely went into a tangent on that last bullet point, but that’s not an issue. Okay, what tasks do I want to be doing in my job?

  • Preparing a relevant curriculum for young software developers-and-or-testers-to-be to learn skills that will serve them directly in the workplace
    • Continuously updating this curriculum as I learn about new technologies and behavior optimizations
  • Teaching right in the field, directly to individuals
    • I know this doesn’t scale well, but that’s okay, I think. I just want to be connected to individuals that I educate, kinda like how I am with some guys I mentor back at Ohio State, where I went to college
  • Exercising patience with my students, since they’ll move at different paces
    • I learned how bad I am at this a few weeks ago when I was sitting there helping another individual with a codebase navigation exercise

Uhhhhh… I don’t feel like thinking about any other items right now. I’ve been doing a lot of context switching while writing this, and that’s a really bad habit. Okay, I don’t have all the answers like I’ve touched on in previous articles. But here’s what I do know how to do now.

  • Teach individuals how to navigate from their college careers to their software professional careers, at least the beginning of the professional careers
  • Teach hard skills up to junior developer (professional) level
  • Help individuals guide help guide individuals through the nuances of their first full-time software job, whether it’s at a startup or a small business or a large business or a remote position
  • How to educate developers on forming a testing mindset, at least kinda sorta
    • Despite working as a software development test engineer, I often still feel like I think more like a developer than like a tester, which I guess is good? But I could always improve my testing skills

I guess that’s it for now.

So every initiative I’ve talked to in my city (Indianapolis) has either told me to wait, or hasn’t responded to my inquiries. So now I’m bored, frustrated, and need have decided that I need to take matters into my own hands. I think I’m going to allow strikethroughs. I’m getting tired despite it not being very late, and I don’t feel like thinking meticulously about every single word I type. Whatever. I need to take things into my own hands. What can I do right now?

  • Network with people new to development
  • Interview people who have completed local bootcamp-type education and learn about the pros and cons of such an approach and then adjust my approaches accordingly
  • Network with employers seeking junior talent, even though that number is dwindling

I wrote some wonderful things out a couple months ago detailing some actions I could take while talking to one of my senseis at work. I just like to call people who educate me in my life by <name>-sensei because I’m a total weeb. And also to show them respect they deserve, especially when I don’t feel like it’s appropriate to call them refer to them as <name>-sama. Whatever, that’s a tangent. At any rate, I don’t know where I put those notes, but I’ll continue now.

  • Write a curriculum to learn particular technologies
  • Finish my book that’s been almost done for the past ten months or so
    • More on this later
  • Get an office space or a conference room or something and advertise free (to begin with) discussions on improving skills to… college students, for example
    • There are some local universities I can check out

Fuck it, I think that’s enough for now. It’s not even 10:30pm and I already want to lie down and sleep. Publish now even though it’s trash. Hell, I might even delete this once I’ve revamped it.

One thought on “Blogging my planned approach to education, Take 1”

  1. +1 on the testing mindset

    . . . wish I would have developed that a lot earlier. Literally just started doing unit tests 2 months ago, and it’s been a total game changer.

    Also kudos on publishing the article even when you don’t feel it’s perfect. Writing is so f’in hard.


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