Why Side Projects Are SO Important
Passion projects can propel your success.Oct 24, 2020
Side projects aren't what they used to be. It doesn't have to be about starting your own business or founding the next big tech start up. Side projects are an excellent way to create a body of work and experience outside of your day-to-day. What better way to facilitate personal development than through passion projects and continuous learning of things that make you happy!
These projects come into a whole new light when you're job hunting. Being able to show a range of personal work that highlights not only your interests, but your coding abilities too, sounds like a perfect recipe for a portfolio! Although it may sound simple enough, evidencing your coding ability with projects you've worked on... looking over the side project graveyard that is my GitHub 😅, all is not as it seems.
When it comes to side projects, remember quality > quantity. It's so much better to have a select few "perfect" projects that show off the skills and experiences you want to evidence, rather than a bunch of unfinished, abandoned small projects (no shade here, we all have them).
On a similar note, demonstrating passion projects that are outside of what you work on usually, but align more with your career goals for the future can help you get to where you want to be!
Get your hands dirty (figuratively) and create projects that shine a light on your unique ideas, and show off what you can bring to the table in your desired role.