McD might need a burger flipper part time.
So I was browsing Dice the other day and realized that there do exist part-time developer positions. I realized, hey why not? I usually have plenty of time and my current dev job allows me to telework so I could easily (maybe) do both jobs in tandem. We use the Agile-Scrum methodology and I usually finish my tasks way ahead of others -- which ends up me sitting around doing nothing (not true, I actually do self-study stuff but the point remains).
Problem is that I'd love to learn newer technologies but our current software is an old-ass ASP.NET Web Form application and we never get to use any of the new hotness. I thought maybe a part-time job out there might fit the bill in helping becoming more proficient with newer frameworks. Or, in the very least, bring in a few extra bucks. Also, I'm really not interested in changing jobs currently so that's the reason behind the interest in something part-time.
So I'm wondering does anyone here have any advice on this? Is this a good or bad idea, etc.
My recommendation: Do a survey of job postings and availability in your area (or that let you telecommute). Of the technologies used in those jobs, find out which ones you are either experienced in or interested in. Then figure out a set of skills you need for those jobs and do a hobby programming project that uses them. Make a website that explains this project, has blogs about it and the source code etc, then use that as leverage to demonstrate experience for a job.
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