WORK FOR FREE!
[NOT Be an Intern] WORK for FREE!
Work for FREE! vs. Work for Money
Thru my Instagram account @masterhun , a young gentleman, an IT student, interested in coding DM-ed me. Asking for general career advice.
I advised him to work for free. I didn't tell him to find an internship. I told him to work for free.
And told him he should work for free. In exchange for valuable experience and connections.
However, I don't think he "got" it. He was polite in ending the conversation. But, I sensed, reading between the lines, the context, the subtext. You know. He didn't get it.
Even though, I had mentioned my ten years of IT experience on Wall St. And, from what I know, from others in the IT/software development field. Not from books, magazines, the Internet, or TV.
I know two IT professionals at my current church. One works as a coder at a mega corp. The other works as a cybersecurity professional. And a neighbor is a professional C# coder.
I attempted to give him practical career advice that I really believe would have helped him rocket his IT career ahead of the vast majority of IT wannabees who will never get very far.
Am I wrong?
What do you think?