- Finding a Job in the WordPress Space: Panel DiscussionLink visible for attendees
For our October Meetup, I've invited a panel of community leaders to discuss their tips for getting involved with and finding a place in the WordPress eco system that matches your skillset and aspirations:
Michelle Frechette @michelleames - she/her
Director of Community Engagement @StellarWP, Cofounder of @underrepdintech, Podcaster with @wpcoffeetalk, and Director of Community Relations @post_status
Rachel Winchester #WCUS Organizer @VisualWebmaster
Product Designer, Public Speaker, and Startup Founder Visual Webmaster L.L.C. Internet Art & Product Design "Building Value with the Web"
Topher DeRosia @topher1kenobe
Web developer. Building the @HeroPress Network.
My inspiration for this panel comes from having met folks over the years who complete expensive and time-intensive coding bootcamps only to discover that finding a job is much harder than they anticipated, particularly now as so many large firms that hire junior developers have done massive layoffs.
Having worked in WordPress since 2007, my feeling is that there is always a space for you in WordPress! Whether you are a newbie developer or in career transition, the WordPress eco-system is so huge, the possibilities are endless.
Some job opportunities include:
- Working with a private company, organization, or college that uses WordPress and needs a developer or content manager to maintain their website.
- Becoming a part of a team at one of the many of thousands of plugin or theme companies.
- Providing customer support or doing development for Automattic or other web hosting company.
- Building a freelance career building, maintaining, or designing WordPress sites.
At the end of this session, I hope you come away excited to explore new possibilities with more awareness of a bigger network of people to follow and engage with as well as a list of new places to check for job postings.