From dropout to advocate: challenges and lessons from a web dev, PHP, and Drupal noob

Accepting failure can be hard, and a fresh start in a new field can be even harder. Two years after withdrawing from a graduate program, finding a place at brought a new and exciting community, but also plenty of stress, imposter syndrome, and a real need to catch up fast on all things web development and DevOps, all while working remotely for a 100% distributed company. It was difficult and isolating at times, especially working with PHP and Drupal for the first time (coming from a Python background). This talk will cover the challenges and lessons that come with a fish out of water becoming a developer advocate (and being human).

Chad Carlson

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