May 16, 2019

JMS393: How to Change Your Career to Development Later In Life

Changing (or thinking about changing) your career to development, but uncertain because you’re a bit older? Not sure how you to make the switch and still pay the bills? Unsure if you can even make it as a developer.

In this episode, I’ll show you how I made the switch later in life — what you need to know skill-wise, how to build a resume, how to get interviews and how develop plan to manage your switch.

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2 Comments on “JMS393: How to Change Your Career to Development Later In Life

May 17, 2019 at 11:23 am

awesome content as usual John! on the episode you mentioned to list only relevant experience related to tech on your resume. my dillema is: what if ALL of your previous jobs had NOTHING to do with tech(ie; manual labor)? should I just talk about my personal projects that are on my portfolio? thanks in advance!

– Adam

John Morris
May 18, 2019 at 7:04 am

First, really think through your past experience and make sure there’s nothing you can list. I’ll give you two of my own examples. When I was learning how to code, I worked at a pizza restaurant. My actual job had nothing to do with IT. But, I convinced the owner to let my build a website for the company and doing some email marketing. I also built a reservation system into the site where guests could reserve tables online. I would list THAT on my resume. Just come up with some way to make it sound good. Second, when I was in the Army, my job the last 6 years was as an instructor. However, I also got tasked as the S6 for my unit, which is basically the network. I had 100+ laptops, desktops and phones I was responsible for. Plus, 60 or so users. Again, I would list that.

So, really dig through your job history.

Your primary role may not have been in tech, but did you do absolutely anything tech-related in your jobs. If so, find a way to list it.

If there really is absolutely nothing you can list, then you need to create stuff. Start doing things so you can list them.

Another easy thing you can do is to start a business. Then, you can list CEO of my own freelance development agency. I did that a lot. 3 years running your own freelance business, even if, it’s not a successful business is still experience you can list.

So, just get creative. Don’t make stuff up and put it on your resume. But, DO stuff for the precise purpose of being ABLE to put it on your resume.


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