Essam Hassan
A pragmatic software engineer, cyber security enthusiast and a Linux geek. I curse at my machine on a daily basis at Google. My views are my own.
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15 pieces of advice I wish I had been given before graduating computer science

15 pieces of advice I wish I had been given before graduating computer science

I’m not sure if I’m even qualified to give advices but lets say these are based on my top mistakes

1- Be open to learning everything even the tools and technologies you don’t like.

2- The best way to learn a new thing is to use it.

3- Learn as many languages as you want BUT always have this one language you excel at. And by excel at I mean a language your googling/typing ratio with it is 1 Search / 100 LOC or less

4- Read books and fat references. Get the concrete big picture and not only the “Up and Running” version

5- Invest alot of time planning for your first job.

6- Ask for feedback frequently and use those feedbacks

7- Learn about the market needs

8- Take good care of your resume. Develop it iteratively and take industry feedback whenever you can

9- Algorithms and Data Structures is 50% boost in your career and sometimes more. So Practice, practice, practice

10- Work life balance is not a choice. By overworking you are not necessarily over achieving

11- Avoid Imposters and beware of falling into the dunning kruger effect. Always remember, you are not there yet.

12- Ask others about how they achieved what they achieved. Get insights from your peers and ask for feedback.

13- Networking and maintaining good work relations are not luxuries. Career is not only about being a good coder.

14- Maintain a Trello board (or basically any other board) of your plans and achievements. Monitor your performance

15- Eat healthy and workout. Your health is important not only for your productivity but also for your overall happiness. Nobody wants to spend the day at hospitals

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