Some close friends of mine have just lost their jobs, no fault of their own. We’ve all known for quite some time that it was only a matter of time, but the event is still jarring when it happens. When asked my advice, I always tell people to be as prepared as they can be.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt can cripple you, emotionally and professionally. When confronted with FUD, I prefer to bring in my own version of FUD. Focus, Urgency and Discipline can help you be prepared.
Prepared for what? Prepared for anything. Job loss, job opportunity, entrepreneurship, the unemployment line, the lost deal, the found deal.
How? In the technology field, the best way to stay relevant is to keep educating yourself in the latest technologies. The good news is that all this requires is your time. Open source communities, online education, networking are all free and accessible these days.
Whenever I have uncertainty about what I’m doing, I resort to coding. It can be coding for fun, it can be coding a new project, it can be coding for coding sakes. No matter what area I focus, I find that coding is therapeutic, with the upside of learning something new.
These days I am exploring the wonderful new things announced at the re:Invent AWS conference. I won’t get into the details but, needless to say, I am busily refactoring a project that I did during the summer. In addition, I’m going to stand up that project in the IBM Cloud, Azure and Google Cloud. That’s enough to keep me busy through the holidays.
So, read, blog, communicate, collaborate and, most importantly, code. Even if the code never gets used, you’ll be better for the experience.