Concrete Skills


The first pattern in the Apprenticeship Pattern that I read for this week is Concrete Skills. The pattern pretty much talks about skills that are required to be focus on when an apprentice software developer like us start our career. It also lays out a concept, which is to have knowledge about it, does not mean that we can successfully apply it to create a piece of software, and I think that this is crucial to remember.

The pattern starts off by posing a really interesting problem that I think a lot of people, even veteran, are facing I would say, which is having a team, or a company that is not willing to hire someone that will, for sure, not able to not make any contribution to the project, whether it is direct or indirect, and this I think would take away the potential for an individual to learn and maybe even progress himself/herself in the field if it happens to them constantly. As the author starts to explain the solution, which is to acquire and maintain concrete skills, which is really generalized, but when he starts to explain further, it makes a lot of sense to me. He explains that we just simply can bring the ability to learn quickly, or the ability to bring a specific tool or technology that allows the team to work better, and our credibility will be increase among the team, so it is best to be prepared a lot of necessary skills and tools before applying for a position in a team. I like the point where he points out that some hiring manager will have to trust us with what we have and bringing a creation of our own might ensure them that we will fit the job that benefit them. I found it also true that these concrete skills are only noticeable when our resumé is new and lack of experiences. It is certainly be easier as we proceed from job to job, as they are more likely to look at our personal experiences, reputation, and most importantly, our portfolio.

Personally, I think this pattern is really brief about the subject matter, it does not necessary be the most informative patterns, but it certainly motivates me and I am sure a lot other developers out there to learn and do more in their own time in order to make their resumé looks better, as well as gaining more experiences in using tools and languages at the same time. It also made me realize that the demand of tools and technologies are always going to change, so it is quite essential to always learn new things on the go, although our pool of knowledge is filled with a lot of stuff that can easily be used in a team at some point. I feel like this pattern is different as it is more about preparing for getting a job in the field, but it is quite important not to be passed by by new developers.

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