Hi. Become a programmer by doing.

There are a lot of programming jobs out there. Far more jobs than programmers.

U.S. companies had about 918,000 unfilled IT jobs in the past three months, The Wall Street Journal reports, according to federal employment data analyzed by CompTIA, an IT trade association.

The average programmer’s salary is $120,000 source

Tell me more.

I’m looking to find 3-4 people who are new to programming and turn them into programmers with real-world experience.

You won’t just be learning how to write code in one language, you’ll be learning to write code, troubleshoot, work with databases, debug problems. You’ll work both on the back-end and the front-end.

You’ll learn to become a problem solver, which is an essential skill for a software engineer.

What’s expected of me?

I’m looking for people who are dedicated to learning how to program and become a software engineer.

We will run this like a real software department shop.

We will have a daily standup (status call). We’ll talk about how you’re doing, and what blockers you’ll have. This will be a 15-30 minute call each week day.

We’ll have a common Slack channel where we’ll work together to work through issues.

The plan is still evolving, so this may change.

Why is this called Drop-In Development?

As this project evolves, some people will rotate in and out of the team meaning that people will drop-in. I don’t know…I thought it was clever.

Who are you? Why should I listen to you?

My name is Jeff Kolesnikowicz.

I’ve been in the tech industry since 1998 with all sorts of roles. I’ve been a developer, a software architect, an engineering manager, and now I’m a fractional CTO.

More importantly, I’ve conducted hundreds of job interviews, hired dozens of developers, and managed many teams.

I’ve noticed through the years of working in teams that new developers come into the industry and while they might know a lot about a specific language, they lack real-world experience.

When I was in university, I had a job working at a small programming shop and the real-world experience it gave me was well beyond what my peers at school had. As such, when I left school, I had a lot of options with jobs.

Working as a team is important. Through the years, I saw a lot of developers who didn’t know how to work in a team and were weaker developers because of it. Developers who can work together make the best developers.

I will give you practical experience along with working in a team.

When you’re ready, you’ll have experience and a portfolio and I’ll be able to give you a reference as you apply for jobs.

Sounds good. How do I get started?

Please fill out the form below and I’ll reach out.