I just read Steve Corona’s (CTO of Twitpic) post about how he created success by not going to college. I wouldn’t dare to leave it at “by not going to college” because it is far from that. It’s about how he felt that the huge cost of a degree was too much, and how the education required to achieve that degree was put to shame by what he could learn/achieve by himself.
So, he dropped out (actually, he failed with a GPA of 0.33) of college. What did he do? He cried, complained, and demanded success in return for zero effort. Nope. He put in all his effort to determine his own success; despite not having a degree.
I taught myself Rails and Linux. I freelanced on the side. I resold computers and camera lenses on Craigslist and eBay. Whatever it took.
He did web design, for 10 dollars an hour. Living in Vancouver, this kind of wage is pretty much only going to pay for rent. I’m sure it was more or less the same for him.
A few weeks ago I had a client who was well funded but did not yet have a team of fulltime web developers as part of their arsenal.
Working with this client gave me the opportunity to take a look at how developers may see me when I am only represented by my resume.
This particular client wanted a revamp of their current website, which was still fairly new. They had their own UX team onboard which really helped with the outcome of the product.
Anyways, since they did not have their own team of web developers, they asked if I could help find another freelancer who would be suitable to work with me and their UX team on the project. Given a generous contract, I went and posted free postings in many job boards seeking for someone who was experienced in the technologies used for this revamp. I posted a fairly generic ad, much like many of the ones looking for a fulltime developer but I made sure to state that it was a short-term contract with great pay.