Who doesn’t want to be a cool software engineer geeking it out at a FAANG company making more than some doctors without spending ten to fourteen years in school and residency?
I’m a Senior software engineer / UI Lead and youtuber (@jamescross). Here I share strategies for getting started in software development as well as insights from my personal experiences to help you speed up your journey. There are a lot of different paths to becoming a software engineer.
My story is that of a history major who turned to construction for survival and eventually went down the self-taught programmer route by focusing on learning how to build single page web applications and mobile hybrid apps.
Choices have consequences and I made a horrible career choice that ultimately cost me more than four hundred thousand dollars and took away years of my life. In another video I talked about the right way to choose a college major after having done it the wrong way.
Real quick for those who don’t know what exempt means, here’s a quick explanation. In the United States, if you work more than forty hours in a work week on an hourly basis, you are paid one and a half times your normal hourly rate for the extra hours.