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Knowing How To Learn

Okay, so this post will highlight something that I think is not being discussed enough, not just in Laravel, but in programming field in general. And this is very much applicable to those who are still studying and fresh grads.

Someone, a while ago, just ranted to me something in the lines of "nakakainis po kasi hindi po tinuro sa amin to sa college" (it's annoying because it wasn't taught to us in college).

Now look, first and foremost I think one, if not the most, important skill of a good programmer is knowing how to learn. That means your willingness and ability to research and discover things on your own. Let me tell you that there are a lot of people in this field who either did not go through college, did not finish college or had a completely different degree in college, but are notably successful, just because they know how to learn.

As someone who often screens people for developer position, I weigh too much on the candidate's ability to adapt and learn things. I do not ask candidates during the interview "did your college teach you about interfaces?", instead I ask "do you know about interfaces?". Because this field does not care how you gained such knowledge, this field cares if you already know it or at least willing to know it.

And if your answer to those types of questions is along the lines of you don't know it because your college did not teach you then do not expect a callback from your interviewer.

Second, the point of going through a computer college is not to spoon feed you all the skills that you need to be successful on the field. The point is so you could acquire the ability to learn on your own. Computer colleges will give you the fundamentals, but it's up to you to expand your knowledge around what you've learned.

Technology improves so fast that you can't really expect your college curriculum to be up-to-date. So if you are the type of person who is lazy, or hates reading and researching, or used to getting spoon fed in high school then better shift to another course because you'll just waste your parents' money on this field.

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