Monday, November 18, 2013

Ruby on Rails: Faliure

When I was a kid whenever I would put too much food on my plate and then not eat it all my dad would say: "Josh, I guess your eyeballs were bigger than your stomach...don't take more than you can finish".

Well apparently I still have not learned my lesson on that completely which brings me to the very sad news that +Dustin James  and myself have mutually agreed to end the:  Get hired the hard way mentorship program. 

Why? Not from lack of effort on Dustin's part, in fact he is much farther along at one month than I was at 3 months. The simple reason being there are zero listings for RoR jobs in Manatobia, Canada and a very small sporadic Ruby user group. The truth is I should have checked the tech market place and done some research. In short I failed,  my eyes were bigger than my stomach.

The good news is Dustin is still learning Ruby on Rails and I will be giving updates from time to time just not at such a "rabid" style pace. The man is smart and very talented. He will do well! Keep following him along his journey on his Blog

I guess the lesson to be learned is, you may have to move to get hired even if you are good at RoR. There are definitely certain areas of the country where it is easier to get hired as a junior dev just because the demand is so great.

My apologies to the junior rails community, keep coding :-)


  1. You can also work as a freelancer. Remote access work. Many or the guys on the Ruby Rogues podcast are self employed Ruby developers. Sites like elance and odesk provide freelancing resources. Although according to Ruby Rogues you will be underpaid and largely overlooked on these sites from the ideal jobs. Follow freelancing podcasts for more info on marketting yourself.

    1. Good advice man! You are the man who's blog people should be actually have some mad coding skills...hope things are going well for you, you should do a guest post on making a Gem or something since you have like 6,000+ people using yours :-)

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