Work at a small, non-tech company. You can be everything from fullstack developer to support to DevOps to DBA all in one job 😋 I was all of these things when I worked at a public school district. Once I started working in the private sector, I was shocked to hear that developers on my team didn't even know what a load balancer was 🤣
A friend was saying something similar. He said go with someone small. I'm struggling to think how to do this; never really worked for anyone that wasn't a startup/tech or a mid-size+.
I'm definitely not against it, so if you have any tricks, suggestions on how to pursue this path, because I think it's a mistake to hear this feedback from you and others offline and not at least strongly consider it.
Just look for jobs in the public sector - government, universities, school districts, utilities, transportation, etc. The biggest downside is that most of these places are small because they have small budgets, which in turn means smaller salaries and it's the reason you'll wear many hats at your job, because there's not enough budget to hire specialized people. Universities generally are the best to get in to, as they have great benefits and usually come with free tuition (or loan forgiveness if you have any student loans), plus their salary is generally a bit higher and you might have opportunities to teach as adjunct faculty.
Ok I'll definitely try that strategy. I'd definitely be interested in taking advantage of free tuition if that was in the offer. Plus from what I hear they get great vacation packages, so I'd take time with family over $$s any day.
You can also start a side project, provide valuable service online to anyone. It will not only give you the chance to wear all hats, but also the constant out-of-the-comfort-zone that only private initiatives can offer.
Side hustle I'm down for, but I've struggled to figure out how to get freelance work. It's definitely a difficult nut for me to wrap my head around. Always open to tips, because your idea would be great to build off of.
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