You’re interested in getting into technology, but it’s a whole new world and you’re not really sure where to start. You may have a lot of experience in your current industry that you want to bring to the fore, or you may be just starting out. You might be interested in the more ‘technical’ side of becoming a software developer, or you might be interested in bringing in higher user value as a product manager. Maybe development management is your thing.

Or maybe you really don’t know yet – something has caught your attention, and you want to know more.

This is where Tech Meetups come in. They are an open community just looking for new faces. If you’re looking to take the first step in a new world and career, Meetup is the perfect place to start. No prior knowledge required, just interested to know more.

And isn’t it always easier to chat with people before you find the job you need, when you’re there purely for the experience? Take some pressure off yourself from your future. There is no time like the present to join in.

Three big reasons to go to your first tech meetup

1. A Window into Specific Companies
Larger meetings (but often smaller ones) will often be organized by a local company, or even move between multiple company offices.

This gives a great opportunity to look inside buildings you’d normally need a keycard to access, and get an idea of ​​what it can be like to work there. Or even if you’re not particularly interested in them, you’ll be able to compare what you see and feel to the places you’re interested in.

Does it feel welcome? How many people are there at 7 pm and what is their attitude? Is it very business oriented, or more casual?

I’ve certainly been surprised by some offices in the past, and quickly understood what the ‘standard’ is for offices in my area. After that, it would be interesting to check out meets in other regions and see if anything is different.

2. Relationships with real people
It’s definitely easier said than done before you even start participating. Initially, ‘networking’ is less likely to be your first thought, and the lack of pressure certainly makes it easier for most people to have a real conversation.

Veterans and freshmen alike can be found at meetups from all different backgrounds. Finding your place within that community can help you understand more about what you’re looking for. Being able to talk to people who are doing the job to get an idea of ​​what it’s like is much better than reading articles online (no matter how good the author is?) Not sure what to do. want? The same applies – just talk to people.

And remember, the ‘Meetup’ is in the title – everyone who is there is ready to talk to you. A little scared to talk to new people? It will be so for most people. If you’re about to resolve to say hello, you’re probably making the day of someone who’s less confident than you.

3. Learning Unexpected Things
Meetings happen for many things. Just keep in mind that sometimes the best people don’t stand out if you limit yourself to the discipline you’re directly interested in.

I recently heard Maria Gutierrez speak about remote working at an event I attended just to keep a friend company. To my surprise, I was inspired and impressed by both his passion and methods. There were new avenues for me as well, and I’m someone who works with remote collaborators. So there will certainly be a lot of information for those who have only ever co-located.

And if you’re not in the industry yet, meetings also provide a risk free way to learn some ‘basics’ that aren’t really basic. Heard of ‘agile’ but not really sure what it is? See if there is a meeting about improving agile practices. No experience with UX? Feel the world by spending a few hours with people whose passion is right there. Don’t worry about being a newcomer – people love to teach others about their favorite thing.

4. Wait, what…?
Yes, I said 3, but… it’s an added bonus, and there’s a little tongue in cheek so I don’t count it. As you might have guessed from the hero image above: Pizza! , Large meetups offer meals, and you can usually get gluten-free as well as veggie options if you ask ahead. It helps you plan your day if you can attend meeting as well as have dinner.

So how do you go about it?
The most universal place to start would be meetup.com. One advantage of using this platform is that, since people have clicked that they are participating, you can see their name on the list when you inevitably forget about it later! There’s a whole bunch of get-togethers out there, and this is a great place to start.

Most places will also have more local sites, whether they are independent, or at a university.

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