Hey CodeNewbies -
I went ahead and gave my first talk at the LA Ruby Meetup this past Thursday. I had an awesome time! The topic of my talk was 'How I got my first ruby gig'.
Although I already have a full-time dev job, it was eye opening what a difference it is to be the speaker vs the audience. I had so many people come up to me after the talk for questions, and not just the newbies. I had many experienced devs congratulating me on my journey, and offering advice/suggestions/support. As part of the audience questions, I was even asked for advice on hiring new jr. devs from others who were recruiting.
If I was still looking for work, this would have been an awesome way of landing a great job. Here's the amazing part, I didn't even have a technical topic. My topic was just sharing my story. I figured I'd share with all of you, because you may not think you have something 'talk' worthy to share... yet you have this amazing story on how you're trying to learn something new and improve yourself. My 2 cents... SHARE IT!
Here's my notes and slides if anyone is curious on how I structured the talk.
As a side note - as a result of this talk, my work saw value in me attending these type of events and I was notified I'm getting an expense paid trip to RailsConf!