I’d like to make the switch to becoming a full-time Rails dev, but I
can’t devote much free time to developing the skills and experience
required to comfortably say “Take me for a Senior position”.
So, just to ensure I’m clear - are you asking for shortcuts to be able
get you straight in to a senior position - or just after hints to
you may take a non-senior position and work up to it?
Most of my
free time is spent studying and teaching martial arts, something which I
would not trade for the world.
I feel you, I love teaching Taekwondo…
My question to you is, how would you recommend going about effecting
this transition? Any steps, ideas, advice?
Practice. Start thinking of small, useful ideas and launch sites for
They could be small sites (dynamically generated) with documentation,
search engine automation/mashups. You then get to practice automated
testing, deployment, development.
Set up a github account and make some gems/plugins and put them on there
potential employers to find.
Start trying to help people on here - I always found that in putting
help to those just coming in helped solidify my own learning, sometimes
was right (and got a hearty thanks), sometimes I was wrong (and got the
chance to learn when a more senior developer chimed in). Either way,
getting value. Soon you’ll be at a point when you can do everything and
easily answer questions in interviews (and then you can give more back).
It boils down to learn, practice, teach - the same as in martial arts,
stage has it’s own learnings and each is important.