You Should Write Code Outside Your Day Job

Focus on breadth AND depth instead of just depth.

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Let's imagine you're considering two candidates for a Backend Engineer Position. One candidate is super experienced with Python and has deep language knowledge. The other isn't as proficient in Python but has experience with Kubernetes, Docker, Bash Scripts, and more. Who would you take? Most hiring managers would pick the one with the most extensive breadth of knowledge for one reason: saving time.

You need to start writing code outside your day job because doing so will increase your breadth of knowledge. Aside from opening more job opportunities, you would also have more tools to realize your software ideas. And you would also have the opportunity to teach these things to other people for extra profit. Let's dive into these more in-depth.

Write Code Outside Your Day Job to Increase Your Knowledge

Unless you're working as a Full-Stack Engineer, you're "limited" to either backfront-endrontend code in your day job. And while it's true that a senior backend engineer or a front-endrontend engineer could make a lot of money, focusing on one "niche" or code has its downsides, too.

If you do decide to remain within the confines of your job description, at least increase your breadth of knowledge in that space. If you code in Angular, learn React. If you code in Python, learn NodeJS. That would open more opportunities should you decide to refresh your day job.

Write Code Outside Your Day Job to Make Your Dreams a Reality

If you're willing to learn new technologies and skills outside Your day job, you'll be able to make more of your dreams come true. For example, if you want to build a website, you must know how to launch a server anfront-end front-end, CSS for design, hosting, and more.

If you're not learning those technologies, you're bound to stay in your lane or pay money for other people to realize your dreams. That's an option, too, especially if you're a well-paid software engineer. But I'm assuming you're focused on freedom if you're here. Learning those skills would grant you the freedom to build what you want exactly as you envision it.

Write Code Outside Your Day Job to Teach and Build Community

There are always new people looking to learn coding and software. The world is in a significant shortage of engineers as of 2022 because universities do not meet the demand. So people turn to the internet to learn new skills, and job descriptions no longer put a degree as a mandatory requirement. You could be their source of knowledge and build a community around yourself.

If there was ever a good time to teach online — it's now. Not tomorrow, not yesterday. Start now.


This article explored why you should write code outside your day job. To conclude:

  • It would open more opportunities for you.
  • It would allow you to realize your dreams on your own.
  • It would allow you to teach and build a community of students.

Thank you for reading. I hope this article inspired you to tackle more skills outside your day job skill set. What will you learn next? Let me know in the comments below!