I'd like to know if an org or collective exists that helps new developers with providing the less concrete, less tangible assets that helps people from falling into career traps, the kinds of traps that make professionals comfortable where they are at and miss red flags or "wake-up calls" because they don't see them.
I'm interested in having less experienced people see those things before it takes a toll on their career, or at least find a cause where these actions are currently being taken.
Real life examples of "lost common sense" that people can help new developer avoid:
* I thought it would be okay to be unemployed a few months so long as I have savings to tide me over. Up until recently did I not know it also makes it harder to bargain for higher pay.
* Didn't change my job search strategy for a long time after graduating. For the first 7 years I was only using Craigslist for local jobs and didn't consider many bigger boards or alternative avenues (direct apply on corp websites, contact recruiters first)
* I don't really keep up with my co-workers outside of work for other things like referring them to jobs etc. so my network is rather weak for getting job leads.
Things that I did not know I want to see others help prevent these knowledge gaps and fill them, before they start their career or when they are early in their career. Especially for the self-taught people.
I'm still learning a lot myself, as I still haven't yet succeeded in re-launching my career. But I'd like to find out if there are others out there who are making efforts at preventing new developers from making the same mistakes I did. Having people in your life generally raising your awareness that there’s more out there and having drive and motivation is crucial, and I especially think the former is a bigger problem.