uncubed or not to uncubed

Time is flying by. In less than a week our ACLTC capstone projects will be unveiled at the Showcase at 1871. The bootcamp officially wraps up a few day after that.

This morning, I woke up early to review my resume for the Chicago Uncubed event that I am anxiously looking forward to attend today. It looks like it’ll be a lot of fun and I’ll meet some people doing cool things. That’s the good part of feeling anxious. But mostly, I’m anxious because I feel unprepared. Looking for a job? I’m still in bootcamp land, I don’t want that to end quite yet. I’ve never been particularly enamored with the job seeking process, putting together a resume and cover letter. When I’ve been in positions to do the hiring, I didn’t like it either.

Feeling unprepared, it’s tough to work on your resume with that feeling weighing you down. It doesn’t feel like there is enough time to “fix” all those gaping holes in experience and knowledge glaring back at you from the screen. So I didn’t. I closed my resume file.

Instead of going to Uncubed wondering if I have enough experience, if they will be able to tell that I have only the slightest idea of what they are talking about, if I’ll stick out because I still have so much to learn, I’m going to go precisely because of all those things.

I want to learn more about development and design and the processes that bring them together. I want to learn about different companies and their approaches to solving problems. I want to understand what they are talking about. I doubt I can do that if I stay at home.

Beyond that, I want to see what kind of work environment aligns with what I find valuable. Who supports and encourages employees to keep learning? Who contributes to open source? These are all great points raised by Coraline Ehmke when she talked with our class earlier this week, by the way.

So I’m going not to fix what’s wrong with me, but to continue to calibrate my strengths and weaknesses. I’ve learned a ton over the past few months! I knew nothing about rails or javascript or APIs or SOA when 2015 began. Absolutely nothing. Now, I’m building apps. I understand things I didn’t even know existed before.

Today is not a pressure-filled find-a-job-or-die day. It’s a day to go learn more.