POLITICO The best way to get a job in tech is to learn from a friend or colleague who’s working on a project you’ve been wanting to work on for years.
It’s a strategy that can be traced back to a time when hiring was hard for people who wanted to work remotely, according to a new report from CareerBuilder.
The study is based on interviews conducted with more than 1,000 people in technology who’ve completed at least one year of work experience in an IT job, including programmers, software engineers, software designers, programmers and system administrators.
It found that the most common reasons why someone chose to work away from home in the past year included not being able to afford to pay rent, not being in a position to hire a colleague, not having a good job offer, or not being motivated by their current job.
It’s not surprising, then, that people who have a job they’re interested in pursuing are less likely to get it, according the study, which focused on people ages 18 to 34 who had at least a bachelor’s degree.
“There’s no doubt that working from home is not the ideal way to learn, but it’s also not the worst way,” said Ryan Smith, the lead author of the study and a senior analyst at CareerBuilder, in an interview with Politico.
“If you’re in a good position to make money, and you’re not in a great position to work in an industry that has limited options for advancement, then you have to do something to get yourself out of the situation.”
It’s worth noting that not all people who are in this position have a good-paying job, according.
Many of those interviewed said they are willing to work for free, but they’re not willing to do that in order to get to work.
More than half of the people interviewed said that they wouldn’t want to work at a company that paid them for a day or two a week, but only 30 percent said they would like to work there for less than two weeks a year.
Those who are not in this situation may be able to find a job that pays less than what they’d make working remotely, but many people say that they’d rather work for a company where they can take advantage of a pay scale that’s closer to their current salary.
“You might think that working remotely is more like working from a hotel than it is a good deal for the person,” said Dan Gorman, the co-founder of LinkedIn, a job search platform.
“There are a lot of people that are really struggling with the fact that they can’t afford to live in the house.”
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