How to Transition to Remote Work

“I was looking to move to New York but not really ready to move onto a new company, so I really started out by sharing that with my managers and feeling them out.

My manager was open to the idea of me being remote but didn’t want to jump into anything. We made a plan which was that I’d work from home for two weeks, then in the office for two weeks for some time and then I’d move. That  allowed us to figure out the pain points, allowed me to get feedback from my coworkers about my communication skills, and how I could help them work with me remotely.”

“My advice for anyone who wants to be remote but has no experience doing it is to over-communicate. I wanted my coworkers and managers to feel comfortable and believe I could be just as productive, and learn just as much, remotely.”

Learning iOS Development

“I got an internship doing iOS after only a few months of learning it. After I got acquainted with using Xcode (which can be tough without a class), I would do tutorials that I found online and build practice apps.

“iOS is really accessible to me because you can download Xcode and build to the simulator with very little knowledge up front. Swift is a really cool new language (also a good learning language if you are new to coding). I used  and  for tutorials to learn the basic concepts.”

Working From Home and Work-Life Balance

“I wanted to have hobbies outside of my career to keep myself busy. I think it’s definitely a balance, but I genuinely enjoy and am passionate about both my job and writing/DJ-ing.

I also make a point not to overwork at work too. I know it’s common, especially in tech, to work long hours, but I try to keep work at work. I think that helps me avoid getting burnt out and keeps me energized about work.”

{ This is a guest post written by community member Sadie Jones. }


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