Category Archives: Praxis

Portfolio Project Ideas with Python

July 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

So, you are learning Python and want to build a portfolio that helps you land your first technical job at a company. Here are some project ideas for building your portfolio.

10 Ways to Build Your Personal Brand

July 19, 2018 - Category: Praxis

College degrees don't send the signals they once used to. You have to take charge of building your personal brand and work out loud instead. Here are ten ways to build your brand.

Praxis Daily - Clipboard Managers

July 11, 2018 - Category: Praxis

What if you didn't have to copy, switch window, paste, switch window, copy, switch window, paste, switch window, copy, switch window, and paste just to copy multiple items? With a clipboard manager, you don't have to.

How to Leave Your Job

June 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

So you have a job offer from another company and are ready to leave your existing role. You want to leave without burning the social capital you’ve built up over time. What do you do?

First, relax. Having that first conversation with your manager is usually nerve wracking, but everything will be okay. Switching jobs is expected, and chances are that your manager has been on both sides of the table before. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to your new gig in no time.

12 Tips for New Managers

May 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

Praxis alumni Nate Baker and Nick Rundlett both became new managers this month. Congrats, guys! Nate asked the community for tips on how to be a good supervisor. Here is what our advisors and alumni had to say.

16 Books That Shaped How I Interact with the World

April 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

Yesterday my friend Derek Magill asked the Praxis community about the books that have had the most impact on their career/education.

I love this question. Notice the use of the word impact. He isn't asking for your favorite books, the books you recommend on a specific subject, or the books you agree with the most. He is asking for the books that have had a significant impact on your education. Books that influenced and changed the way you think and interact with the world.

Here is my list, in order of when I read them. I explain what impact they had on my education and how that shifted the way I interact with the world.

How to Get Your GitHub Profile Ready For Job Applications

March 28, 2018 - Category: Praxis

If you are going out for a development job or any sort of technical job, especially if you don’t have a lot of professional experience in the field, the best thing you can do is put some of your work on display. GitHub is the most popular place to do that.

Here are the guidelines we give our technically skilled participants at Praxis for getting their GitHub accounts ready for their apprenticeship applications and interviews.

How to Get Work Done: A Primer

March 11, 2018 - Category: Praxis

Here are the three pillars of getting work done. If you are having trouble with staying on top of your work, chances are that it comes back to one of these three main areas.

This is common advice for our participants as they complete their challenging apprenticeships at growing startups.

Compared to What?

February 19, 2018 - Category: Praxis

People often compare actual things with imagined, perfect, idealized alternatives. Asking Compared to what? helps you frame your decisions in relation to the relevant alternatives and ground them in reality.

Guidelines for Putting Your Projects on Display

December 22, 2017 - Category: Praxis

We emphasize the importance of working out loud throughout our curriculum. Each of our participants make portfolio sections on their websites where they collect projects they've built. How you package and present your projects matter as much as the projects themselves! Here are some general guidelines for what makes a good project write up.

10 Steps to Becoming a Manager

December 15, 2017 - Category: Praxis

I saw this question on Reddit: I recently graduated with a degree in business management, but I’m having a hard time finding a management job. I’m not getting any interviews because I have no experience. What can I do? Here is my answer.

How can I come up with more ideas?

December 13, 2017 - Category: Praxis

The old saying, 'You are what you eat', applies to the creative process. If you want to be creative and come up with ideas, the best thing you can do is engage the creative ideas that are already out there. Not because you want to copy or emulate them, but because creative ideas catalyze other creative ideas.