Five Questions To Ask Before Becoming A Blockchain Engineer

When Uber first started operating in my hometown, I jumped at the opportunity to ride the rideshare wave. Online articles flooded my mind with raking in mad Benji’s after hours while keeping my day job.

But my Uber driving journey only lasted a week.

What brought it to an end? Well, one of my passengers didn’t like my seatbelt and subsequently awarded me with a one-star review.

That’s all it took to put the brakes on my dream.

But if you’re like me, you might be a sucker for a side-hustle. Or maybe you’re looking for a full-on career change. Or you might find yourself just wanting to learn something new.

Reading crypto articles and seeing all the exciting things happening with the development side of the industry may summon the tantalizing call of becoming a blockchain engineer. Do you hear it?

And if you do, how do you know if it’s right for you?

Don’t be like me. Answer the following questions before you find yourself drifting along the same emotionally devastating path as I did when I pursued the luster of Uber.

1. Do I know at least one programming language?

Fundamentals are key, so you should probably start there. Learn a coding language like C++ and/or Javascript.

If you haven’t yet acquired this skillset, an online course might be a good place to begin.For the ultra-motivated and time-squeezed, consider jumping into a coding bootcamp.

Regardless of how quickly you want to start working with blockchain tech, get to know the language you’ll be speaking first.

2. Am I willing to do a little networking?

Count on spending a lot of your time in front of a screen, but don’t think you can get away with totally avoiding interaction with others.

Consider attending crypto meetups and conferences. Find someone local (or online) who you can talk to about the industry, or perhaps even a mentor willing to show you around and introduce you to others. Or take a chance and try to “win” your way to the top with a competition.

One of the quickest ways to become familiar with the tech is to join a Hackathon and compete with other engineers on a project. If you have a competitive nature, this will be right up your alley.

3. Do I know how blockchain is built?

Yes, I emphasized the importance of learning coding languages, but you also have to understand the architecture of blockchain.

Fortunately, you can easily pick up some excellent blockchain architecture white papers and familiarize yourself with how these impressive digital structures are built.

And if you decide to get yourself a mentor as I suggested under Question #2, they can probably show you some neat tricks, too.

4. Am I familiar with cryptography?

To say cryptography is important is a severe understatement: It’s literally the name of the game. Becoming familiar with cryptography is vital to working in blockchain Infrastructure.

Bonus points if you attain a solid understanding of how to make communications between senders and recipients secure. You don’t want to design an awesome project only to have it hacked, so learning the ins and outs of cybersecurity is also beneficial.

I’m looking at you, Axie Infinity.

5. Am I into this?

I’d like to go out on a limb with this last question–possibly the most important one–and ask: do you genuinely like all this crypto stuff to begin with?

It’s a valid question, as any endeavor pursued half-heartedly is doomed to mediocrity at best and outright failure at the worst.

If your answer is yes, then great! Dive in headfirst and start swimming the digital waters.

If it’s no… well, there’s always Uber.

There are many different paths up the crypto mountain, but if learning all this awesome tech and figuring out the infrastructure doesn’t move your needle, I’d suggest finding another way to get involved.

Know Yourself And Make Your Move

Don’t be so quick to jump on any bandwagon. I think of Jeff Goldblum’s famous quote from the original Jurassic Park:

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

Start there: Think of whether or not you should. If the idea of this endeavor excites you, the best time to start learning how to be a blockchain engineer was yesterday.

The second best time is now. Get moving!

Just don’t ask me to drive you there. My Uber days are over.

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If the thought of taking on a side gig or new career stresses you out, relax and read about alcohol in the metaverse instead.

Also, when contemplating your relationship with your career, take a look at Elon Musk’s relationship with Dogecoin, and take some notes, too.

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