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Why open-source to get a better job as a developer is nonsense *(and what you should do instead)

Dragos Nedelcu
I help developers get paid what they deserve by gaining massive confidence in their technical skills and becoming experts with a proven 5 steps system | https://codewithdragos.com
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Have you heard it before?

To get a great job as a developer, you should contribute to open-source projects.

I say it is a bunch of nonsense.

Think about it.

If you have a full-time job, you just don't have the time to do it.

Even if you could, where would you get the time from? If you are already employed where can you take the time from and do it? You would have two jobs now, one of them unpaid. You will feel exhausted and burn out. And for what? An entry in your CV?

Doing open-source while having a job puts you at risk of burnout.

I love contributing and giving back to the community, yes. But for the right reasons and in a sustainable way.

If you don’t have a job, your time is better invested elsewhere.

Now, if you don’t have a job, you are better off putting all your time and energy in looking for one instead of forking random projects. You need to pay those bills my friend and unless you are in a special position* the bits and bytes in that boilerplate won’t do it for you. There are easier ways to put a roof under your head and provide for your loved ones.

If you have to pay the bills, you need to code for $$$.

Yet, let’s for a moment imagine you have the time and energy. Let’s imagine you could actually do it.

It might be too far away from your current skills

Let’s say you find a project where you can contribute. And you spend a few hours, onboard yourself and even help out and update some documentation. Yes, you made some progress, but that progress might be too far away from your current skills and from the skills employers demand.

The knowledge you get is probably out of context.

The hard truth is, contributing is just hard. It is something that you can afford once you get that high-paying job at a top tech company. Probably because the company will give you the space to do that in working hours and you will work with like-minded developers that also do it.

And though contributing to open-source can be extremely rewarding for certain developers in certain positions. For the average software developer, it is just incredibly hard.

The good news?

There are easier ways to get better at software development. In fact, at CodeWithDragos we have developed and battle-tested a system whose objective is just that. Turning you into a software rockstar, so you can get that high-paying job you deserve as a developer.

If you truly want a high-paying job as a developer and you are curious about how you could actually get it, just drop me a line or book a FREE consultation call below.

Together we will analyze your situation and build a step-by-step plan to help you get that developer job you dream of.

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I look forward to consulting you personally soon!

Dragos Nedelcu

Founder at CodeWithDragos

Discussion (3)

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Julien Maury

You do open source to help. Period. The good news is you can learn great tricks and even improve your skills by doing that.

It's additional time. If nobody gives time to contribute, then it dies. I was not aware of this "open source for better job/CV" thing. I think you're right. Don't contribute for the wrong reasons, and if you have other goals, then choose other means.

However, I think it depends on how you organize your life, etc. Some people are better at this than others.

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Dragos Nedelcu Author • Edited

"Don't contribute for the wrong reasons, and if you have other goals, then choose other means." - 100% on point Julien

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Jérémie Astor

Do you consult devs in any languages?
Also, I'm curious what you would think:
I make music for a living (so yeah, it's not much)
But I made a programming language for music, in C.
With traits, generic specialization and algebraic effects.
You can find it here
github.com/Gwion/Gwion