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How to Jump Start a Career in Open Source [Slideshow]

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How to Jump Start a Career in Open Source [Slideshow]

Check out this slideshow presentation from Eric Schabell's talk at the Shift Developer Conference to find out what it takes to break into open source.

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As previously posted, I spent this week at the largest developer conference in Southeast Europe, known as the Shift Developer Conference 2018.

I gave a talk on the soft skill side of development, suggesting some ways to jump-start a career in open source. I did not mention coding, pull requests or even suggest to join a coding project. It's more subtle than the obvious components one would expect in such a topic.

My career in open source has been a long one and I think I've got a few good tips, tricks and pieces of advice based on what's worked on this long and wonderful journey.

Take a look at the slides to see if you can find a way to jump start your career in open source.

Here's the abstract first:

How To Jump Start a Career in Open Source

It's not magic. It's not luck. It's not going to happen by itself, so what's the secret sauce?

Understanding what makes a career in open source grow, what choices are crucial, and what actions accelerate or damage your open source future are sometimes hard to grasp. Learning to position, expand and grow your personal brand in the open source world is what this session provides. Be ready for your next step in open source. Join me for an hour of power where you'll be given a clear and easy to use plan for jump-starting your open source career immediately.

And the slides (click image to view):

It all took place in the Split National Theater with a main stage you would drool over as a presenter. The audience sat not only in the main flooring area but also all around the stage in a ring of golden loge boxes. 

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I fully enjoyed giving the talk and the chats over beers that ensued. I hope that SplitShift Dev Conf 2019 takes an interest again in my work. See you again next time!

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