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Challenges for Junior Devs w/ Monarch Wadia

March 2, 2021
March 3, 2021
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In this episode, Matt and Mike have a special guest on the show - Monarch Wadia. Monarch is an advocate for new developers running online hackathons among other events in countries all over the world. He also runs his own software development firm out of Toronto, Canada.


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Show Notes

What is HTML All The Things

HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.

Guest Introduction

Today, we're speaking with Monarch Wadia, an industry veteran and founder of Mintbean, an organization that has hosted over 150 events including hackathons, webinars, and workshops. These events have spanned over 100 campuses across 150+ cities internationally.

And while that's already a lot, Monarch is also the founder of Zero Projects a software development firm from Toronto, Canada.

Show Notes

5:00 - Should you attend programming events or buckle down and code on your own?

11:14 - Coding is a trade

16:20 - Jr. Developer Training (or lack there of)

23:50 - Budgeting time for company structural changes

27:39 - Senior vs Junior dev pay gap

33:20 - Legacy web agencies vs startups that use new tech

40:00 - The need for Cobalt and Fortran developers

43:10 - Interview techniques

50:00 - Does traditional education matter

55:50 - Mintbean Hackathons

61:04 - Jack of all trades, master of none

Key Takeaways

  • 80% coding vs 20% networking
  • Use hackathons to do both at the same time
  • provides weekly online hackathons to promote this
  • Regardless of the level of coding knowledge you're at, just code code code
  • Coding is more of a trade then a traditional job
  • Systems need to be put in place to allow masters to pass their knowledge on to students
  • Apprenticeships are needed to facilitate the passing of knowledge
  • Coding is a 'craft' and if you don't enjoy doing it for long periods of time, coding might not be for you
  • Plenty of other careers in this space that are associated to coding, i.e project manager
  • Sink and swim mentality in a lot of startups can bury junior developers
  • Training is never standardized across companies and sometimes is non-existent

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