The Importance and Value of Community

In recognition of the many people involved in a remarkable feat, it is often said that “it takes a village”. In many cultures, community has been the foundation of people’s lives. It is the life we live every day. It often contains role models, confidants, and motivators. It’s the heartbeat of people, allowing them to recall their history, to share experiences with one another, and to learn from each other when they embark on new life milestones.

The technology industry should be looking for, nurturing, and maintaining a sense of community, much like when you travel or move afar. Because it creates a safe environment for people to be open and honest with each other, community reminds us of home.

Humans crave being around other people. research shows that people perform better when they are surrounded by others. By embracing positive habits and expanding our perspectives, we can become better people through the camaraderie that comes from being part of a community. Both personal and professional growth are influenced by the importance of community. It is similar to looking for community even though we are far away from home. The same can be said about the technology industry, no matter where you are at your career.

According to the Oxford dictionary, community is “the feeling of belonging and sharing in something”. Technologists from different backgrounds and abilities can share their knowledge within tech communities to help them grow and develop their careers. Technology industry communities have a variety of educational materials to complement learning. These include tutorials, blog posts, videos and videos. This shows that no matter how many years you’ve been in the technology industry, there is always something to learn from others. Early-career professionals can also share their experiences in securing a job in the industry with people who are looking for entry-level or junior-level positions, as well as with graduates and students seeking work experience. Mid-career professionals are also able to share their knowledge about how to navigate the first years of a career in order to progress to the early-careers community, and vice versa from seniors to mid-careers.

Resource sharing is an essential part of a community’s ability to thrive and provide value to its members. Not all resources have to be written by the author. However, they can share material that has been successful for them, credible articles with concrete actions, and advice to the inquirer if they have had to experience something similar. The community can grow and nurture relationships by sharing resources. The sharing of resources can also reduce the “gatekeeping” culture and make people feel less isolated in their experiences.

People are one of our most important and valuable resources. Their experiences can help us to make our careers more rewarding. People are the foundation of every community. Mentoring allows people to give back to their community by sharing knowledge and offering impartial advice. It also gives mentees an opportunity to be guided in their career development and to rely on industry professionals. Some communities offer coaching services for those who need it. This gives members the opportunity to take a structured approach to reaching a goal within a time frame. This can be a deeply immersive experience that allows members to reflect with the support of their mentor or coach and identify gaps.

People within communities have the opportunity to network. It can be a feeling of belonging and sharing that creates the foundation for meaningful connections. For those new to the industry, or unfamiliar with networking in general, it is easy to feel intimidated by the idea of networking. Sometimes networking is misunderstood as a formal activity. It’s simply connecting with people who admire your work and are interested in your work. By sharing a common interest and pursuing a common goal, communities can help break down barriers and fear of networking.

Communities allow people to be open-minded and curious. There are many things you can do with your community, such as helping you navigate a new career or learning programming languages. You can also get advice about preparing for certifications. Members can provide valuable advice and support to help you stay on track. Technology industry communities can be a safe place for people who are facing challenges or need to find solace. They bring together people from all over the world in one centralised location. This can help people feel more connected and represented. This can reduce taboos in conversations that are most important to them, like women’s health.

At the heart of technology is the community. Communities help people discover their passions and remind them why they want to pursue a career in technology. You can stay on the same path by having a group of people who recognize your accomplishments, share their knowledge, and provide a platform for you to voice your opinion. You can find the motivation to help others in technology and inspire their passion. This can lead to a positive cycle where passionate technologists are community-driven and want to make an impact through their work.

One of my favorite communities in technology is

  • Women who code
  • Women in DevOps
  • Ada’s List
  • First Girls
  • Like-Minded Women