Android Developer Career Paths

What Android developer career paths are available and viable in 2020? What question do you ask yourself when considering your career future?

How To Get The Most Out Of Attending A Tech Conference

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1️⃣ Above All Else

If you take nothing else away from this post, I hope you may at least consider the following as a framework for how to approach a conference, a meetup, or any other gathering of peers where you plan to learn something.

Learn 3 New Things, and Meet 3 New People

That’s it.

What do Android devs wish they had known?

What do Android developers wish they would have known when starting out? I have my own thoughts, but I was curious what others in the Android community had to say. So, I asked. preping my #chicagoroboto talk this weekend would love to include community examples of challenges or "things you wish you would have known"…

One Path to Tech?

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I really enjoy chatting with people starting a journey into tech; hearing about their challenges, successes, struggles, worries, etc.

It really illustrates the barriers present when starting a career.

Some of these are inherent and part of the nature of learning anything new.  Learning is a challenge.  Developing a new skill set is not easy, and learning to apply it in the real world even less so.

However, there are some barriers which, I believe, are largely due to a flawed system, and I think are easy to lose sight of once you’re past them (or never encountered at all)

My year with Udacity’s Android Nanodegree

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Motivations and Starting Out

A little over a year ago, I had never heard of Udacity and had zero experience with MOOCs. I was a relatively new developer, having only completed my graduate work a year prior. I was eager to improve my skills both with the Android platform and as a software engineer in general.

Then, while live-streaming the Google I/O 2015 keynote I saw an announcement about this thing called a Nanodegree program as a means of learning about Android development using a curriculum and courses developed in conjunction with Google. I was immediately intrigued. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to level-up my skill-set, and I registered for a free trial that same week.

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