When designing and building this mobile app, David felt that if the app was to be a valuable learning experience then he couldn’t treat it like a science project to play with, it had be designed and built as an industrial strength and fully functional software application. He felt that this personal requirement of high quality, full functionality and professional level marketing would greatly enhance his learning experience. To this end, his efforts included the following activities:
• Do the appropriate market research to determine a feature set.
• Research various cross-application mobile software development tools.
• Select the appropriate development tool for the defined problem.
• Gain a software developer’s understanding of how to use the selected development tool.
• Build, unit test, and beta test the app.
• Develop and implement a marketing plan including social media, various entrepreneurial forums, etc.
• Do all this while conducting a high energy and comprehensive traditional job search.
As you can expect, this dual track of job search and entrepreneurial venture is keeping David quite busy. Well, it is keeping him very busy. But when looking at it from a professional growth perspective, David is making a big investment in his professional future.
As of the posting date of this blog, David has just released his mobile app called Map Explorer and posted it on Google Play, and also released its source code to the developer community on GitHub. He is still in search of the right job, but has already found that LinkedIn searches and profile views have increased 2x-3x, and is starting to get recruiter calls relating to mobile apps. I’m sure it will not be long before David is once again gainfully employed. He can be found at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/davidasher.
In closing, I would just like to say that I decided to write about David because I feel that there is a lesson here for us all. The lesson is that a lost job, while traumatic and painful at best, can also provide the opportunity to grow professionally and help set the foundation for an even more successful professional future. When trying to translate this experience to your own situation, you may not need to build a mobile app – the possibilities may range from creating a blog, writing a book, creating learning presentations, almost anything that creates something new of value; and you may want to start while you’re still in that cozy job!
If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.
Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.