Starting a job is a lot like moving to a new city.
When I first started at Stack Exchange as a developer, I’d already been living in New York for six years. I knew my way around: what train to take to get to which stop in Manhattan, why you don’t actually eat hot dogs from a cart, when the best time to take a cab is, and so on. These are bits of knowledge locals learn through experience, and if you don’t learn them as a newcomer, the city can quickly become the mean, hard-knock concrete jungle you should have known better about. The best way to navigate your new territory is having the guidance of a local friend: The city doesn’t seem like a labyrinth you want to escape from and instead turns into the energetic place that you’ll grow to love.Read More