Sometimes the path ahead on your journey is obscured — but keep moving forward!

In 2019–2020 I embarked on a career pivot journey with the goal of becoming a gainfully employed software engineer. In the last several months, more people than I expected have approached me seeking advice about their own career pivot aspirations. This post here distills my experience and advice — I hope it is useful to people.

This will be in two parts.

In the first part, I give an overview of my own experience and thought process from leaving full-time job in customer success to securing a new full-time job as a software engineer (this took roughly one year). …

Shipping Logs is a series where I discuss a technical project I contributed to and reflect on how it has gone: triumphs, learnings, failures, and shortcomings after it shipped.

Covid Watch launch announcement!

On August 19, 2020, we at Covid Watch shipped our (1) mobile app to the Apple/Google app stores and (2) web app portal for public health official admins.

This launch is an open Beta with the University of Arizona. …

Blending Python, Github Actions, and the Airtable API for a simple, painless CMS

“Hey can you update this web page for us real quick?”

If you’re a web developer, you’ve probably found yourself in this situation at one time or another. A page on your organization’s website requires frequent changes by your marketing team and you find yourself updating it manually every other day. Each manual update is a distraction from progressing on other features the dev team is working on.

The obvious solution is to empower your marketing team with the ability to easily update the webpage without any…

Hey there!

I intend to use this space to explore and share my perspectives and engage with others.

Trust me, I know the world does not need another mediocre blog sharing asinine nonsense about which no one but the author cares. Therefore, my goal will always be to make these posts both (1) educational and (2) entertaining.

If I fall short of those goals, please tell me.

Posts will generally be something related to the following interests I have:

  • Fitness
  • Coding
  • Music
  • Technology
  • Startups
  • Latin America Happenings (mostly South America)
  • Languages
  • Current Affairs
  • History
  • Travel
  • Strategies for Learning Effectively
  • Project Retrospectives
  • Social Accountability for Commitments (nothing keeps you on track like needing to report your progress!)
  • And whatever else is interesting/relevant to me at any given moment!

Cool? Cool.


Jesse Colligan

technologist. mildly reckless. trying to work on things I care about. Twitter: @jcolla_holla

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