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February 13, 2013
Boston Startup School: Dating for hackers and startups

Around
Valentine’s Day you tend to see people looking for love everywhere they go. But
what about a job they’ll love? At Boston Startup School, we’re playing cupid
and have a few arrows in our quiver to help you discover your one true calling.
Here are a couple tips on how to fall head over heels in love with a career in
startups and how to avoid the potential heartbreak and hassle.

Falling
In Love

Just
like dating, the best thing to do when getting into the startup scene is get
out there. Whether you are ready to settle down into a salary plus equity startup, or
just playing the field as a freelancer, you have to be in it to win it. There
are many different options to suit your needs, from startup career fairs, to speed dating equivalents, even services
akin to escort agencies. Go with whatever floats
your boat, but be sure to pick the right setting for the outcome you’re looking
for.

Staying
in Love

Being
in a relationship isn’t easy. It takes hard work and commitment to stay in
love. While the number one reason for interpersonal break ups may be
communication, my guess is the number one reason people fall out of love with their jobs is the lack of challenge.

Always
be growing and contributing. Finding opportunities to gain the skills for
tomorrow’s economy will keep you stay sharp and in demand. It will also keep you on
your toes and in a position where there’s always something new to master, or
some challenge (and opportunity) to take on. This is a good thing no matter
what your career status is.

Avoiding
Heartbreak

As
a developer, the good news is, you are in high demand. Like, extremely high.
The bad news is, the signal to noise ratio you’ll receive with career prospects
will be the exact inverse. Don’t believe me? Go to you nearest meetup and
announce that you are open to exploring new startup opportunities and coding
for free...queue stampede.

At
any rate, having a filter to separate the viable positions at startups can be
tough. Name recognition is one way to do it, but it prevents you from being a
meaningful part of something early. Rely on your network or another trusted
actor to help you select what’s right for you, all while keeping the trolls at
bay.

At Boston Startup School, we provide you with
the network, skills and access to be immediately effective in the startup
you’ll join. In the Web Development track specifically, we take folks like you,
whether cowboy coder or pragmatic programmer and equip you with fundamental skills,
access to resources across the startup community, and opportunities to join a
startup team you’ll love.  All in an intensive 8-week experience.

You’ll
have to be honest with yourself and what you are looking for. Is it a career in
startups, or a corporation, or freelancing gigs? If you are looking for early
career upside and acceleration, let us be your
matchmaker.

Shaun Johnson is a Co-Founder of Boston Startup School.  You can follow Shaun on Twitter (@idealexit) by clicking here.

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