This blog now officially has fifty posts! Let’s take a step back and talk about where we’ve been… and where we’re going.
Whew! Fifty posts!
Comparing this blog to others out there, that’s small potatoes, I know. Some of the more established blogs have hundreds of posts. Maybe even thousands? But hey, they had to start small too right?
To celebrate this first major milestone, I’d like to take a step back today and look at this blog from a 30,000 foot view. Let’s look at where this blog has been and where it’s going from here.
What interested people the most
By far the most viewed post so far has been prepping for your job interview, which is a good thing because if I could only recommend one post on this site, it would be that one. It essentially acts as a blueprint for you to follow to get you from zero IT knowledge all the way through to passing your job interview. Pretty important stuff!
What surprised me
I was surprised to find that my page gathering all interview questions that you should prep was in fifth place in terms of views. I would have expected it to be the most viewed page, honestly. Interestingly enough, it’s behind two posts (in third and fourth place) that are actual interview questions.
I was also surprised that my post gathering all useful resources I’ve called out so far didn’t get much traction. I thought folks would find it useful to find all the recommendations in one place, but apparently that wasn’t the case. You live, you learn!
What I think is most relevant now
This pandemic has made finding work very challenging. Many companies have scaled back their hiring or even put in place full hiring freezes. Last year, in pre-pandemic days, I wrote a three part series on finding that first job that seems to be even more important now than it was then.
The first part of the series focuses on getting an internship if you’re in college. The second part focuses on how to use your social network to find that first job. This is by far the method I recommend the most, so if you haven’t read that one yet, give it a look! The third part focuses on how to get a guaranteed IT job… but be for-warned: this one comes with a few drawbacks.
One post that’s particularly useful if you’re between the ages of 18 to 24 and haven’t graduated from college yet is this one about YearUp. There are several such programs in the states, so if there’s no YearUp near you, search around for a similar program in your area. YearUp is an amazing opportunity: they train you up in the career track of your choice (they have IT tracks and non-IT tracks) for six months and then place you in an internship for six months with an established company. You’re paid during the whole year! If you’re in the 18 to 24 year old age range and struggling right now, make this the next post you read!
Where we’re going from here
If all goes according to plan, by Thanksgiving of 2021 you’ll be reading a post about reaching 100 posts! For these next fifty posts, I’d like to significantly grow my interview questions bank to the point where all the common questions are captured. There are currently fifteen questions there. I’d like that number to be thirty by the time we hit the 100 post mark.
It’s been a fun journey with you so far! I look forward to sharing another fifty posts with you!
With each post, I cover a new topic to help you get your start (or keep progressing) in your IT career. If it’s your first time visiting this blog, start here. And make sure to check out these top interview questions before you start interviewing!