There has been a lot of talk on Slack about taking jobs just to get out of your current situation (toxic company culture, lack work-life balance, the list goes on), even if those new jobs aren’t a good fit for us. I get it; I’ve done the same.

To help us get out of that cycle, I thought we as a community should be talking more about playing the long game.

Let’s shift the conversation, from “how can I survive at this company?” to “how can I thrive in the next one?”

I want us to talk about long-term goals in #career_talk, #design, and #code_talk.

Here five ways you might want to play the long game:

  1. Refresh your skill set by joining a study group.  Study groups can be a way to learn in a fun, supportive environment.
  2. Learn a new skill that you can show off on GitHub, even if you’re not looking now.
  3. Get to know what remote managers are looking for before you apply for a remote job.
  4. If you’re looking to make valuable connections in the future, stop letting people pick your brain. People who request free labor instead of providing value, aren’t going to help with your long game.
  5. If your long-term goal is to become a freelance dev or designer, take this advice from Maia.
  6. Ask for a raise.

 

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