Active participation in open source comes with many benefits and invaluable experience. This is a great exercise for those looking for a career growth or an opportunity to start learning.
Here are some benefits of open source contribution and why you should participate today;
Advancement in your Career - Open source software provides an opportunity to practice your programming skills. Writing documentation, identifying issues, and fixing bugs inevitably boost your career. A junior developer can also learn to write code that is readable and maintainable.
Become a better communicator - By joining a community of like-minded people and participating in open source projects, you learn to give suggestions, explain problems clearly and communicate because of the level of cultural differences and diversity.
Mentorship from more experienced developers - As a member of an active open source community, you get to work with like-minded people as well as learn and gain feedback from more accomplished/above-average programmers.
Enhance your Technical skills - Contributing to free and open source projects grooms you to conform to the norms, rules, and best practices associated with the project. You also become better at interpreting other people's code or how codebases work.
Grow Your Network - By joining an Open Source community, you gain new acquaintances, learn from them, and exchange ideas as well broaden your professional horizons.
Get Job offers - The benefit of joining an Open source community is that visitors to the Open Source project you contribute to, can offer you a job or employment. In the same way, it can also improve your career prospects.
Enhance your portfolio and resume - Gaining experience in open source software can help you secure employment. A Hiring manager is more likely to recruit a developer who actively participates in open source than a more certified candidate with no open source experience.
Asynchronous Collaboration and Remote work experience - You gain remote work experience and how to work on a project more efficiently as a team when you are part of an open source community.
Gain Credibility and Recognition in the technology industry - Generally, open source contribution builds your reputation as a great developer. Recognition from the Open source community can also motivate you to improve your skills so as to make greater impact.
Become a better person - Getting in involved in an open source project exposes you to a multi-cultural environment. This enables you to become a better individual as you learn to be empathetic, thoughtful, and tolerant.
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