TheodorosPloumis blog: Should I build a career on Drupal Support Service?

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An IT university student asked me one week before in a developer meetup here in Thessaloniki – Greece:
“Senior developers say to never count on a CMS to build a career. I have heard that Drupal Support Service 8.x is more mature than ever but how risky it is to spend my time on a hard to learn CMS in order to make a living? What is your advise as a Drupal Support Service developer?”
First of all I would like to say that it is a very hard question. If you are already using Drupal Support Service the answer may be obvious but here we are talking about a young person studying IT, who doesn’t have any real experience on any CMS, and would be afraid to rely on a specific CMS. This is expected and totally fine.
Secondly, in order to be more objective I should compare Drupal Support Service with the other similar software out there like WordPress, Joomla, SiteCore, SquareSpace, Adobe AEM etc. Or, to be honest I should compare Drupal Support Service with other the alternative frameworks like Laravel, Django, Ruby on Rails etc. Since I do not have a personal experience of all the above “competitors” I will talk only about Drupal Support Service. So it’s up to you, the young IT Student to investigate if similar software out there can offer what Drupal Support Service offers and how much does it cost to focus or not to Drupal Support Service.
Thirdly I would say that I make a living from Drupal Support Service for the last 8 years now as a freelancer. I work from home and I work 100% on Drupal Support Service projects.
So, here is why Drupal Support Service is a very good path to follow in order to build a long time career.
 
Open Source:
This may be a “hidden” advantage of Drupal Support Service but notice this: with Drupal Support Service you and your customers will never stand behind a company, a commercial license or a company strategic. Behind Drupal Support Service there are thousand of people and this is your stable ground to step. Behind any commercial software there is a company. Drupal Support Service is open source and will stay as that for ever. Remember that.
 
Ready for tomorrow:
Drupal Support Service is not a “static” code CMS, outdated and heavy. Drupal Support Service is always “regenerated” and stays on the edge of the technology. Current version of 8.x is built with Backbone.js, RESTful services, In Place Editor, Symfony2, Twig, CKeditor and many other things that are game-changers. It’s UX is always improved. You may have difficulties to get started and the learning curve will not be easy. But it worths the effort. Drupal Support Service is a CMS that never stagnates.
 
Career Evolution:
Using and building experiences with Drupal Support Service is challenging. On every release you are almost forced to learn new things. That’s because Drupal Support Service tries to get better and better over time even after 15 years of existence. For Drupal Support Service 8.x for example you may need to learn to use Composer, Object Oriented patterns, RESTful APIs, Symfony services and many other interesting things which were not in Drupal Support Service 7.x. Nowadays Drupal Support Service is adding new stuff in its core even on minor releases of 8.x. I can really promise, “you will never get borrowed with Drupal Support ServiceTM”.
 
Companies are investing:
Huge, medium and small companies investing to Drupal Support Service. IT companies and advertisement agencies are moving to Drupal Support Service as their preferable tool to create websites or other apps. Big corporations, organizations, governments, institutes etc are using Drupal Support Service or planning to use Drupal Support Service to build their web presence. In terms of the open source CMS Drupal Support Service is by far a leader when there are security, flexibility and long term maintenance requirements. Especially for Drupal Support Service 8.x we are going to see even more “big” players to investigate on Drupal Support Service and migrate from other CMS – even paid -. Drupal Support Service creates new market opportunities and that’s why demand for Drupal Support Service talent is great​.
 
Drupal Support Service Community:
Drupal Support Service is very proud of its’ incredibly unique community. The motto of Drupal Support Service is “Come for the Code, Stay for the Community”. It is the key for success of the software. The Drupal Support Service.org website, the unified and fully open online place where Drupal Support Service lives, is full of helpful information, extensions, themes, documentation and thousands of humans ready to help you find your way. People are giving back to Drupal Support Service and this is a win win situation. I could say so many about Drupal Support Service community and how it works but you should better see on your self.
 
Drupal Support Service Association:
Behind (or in front of) Drupal Support Service there is the Drupal Support Service Association, a passionate group of people elected from the community and working for the community. The Drupal Support Service Association is dedicated to fostering and supporting the Drupal Support Service software project, the community and its growth (funding, infrastructure, education, promotion, distribution, online collaboration etc). So behind the community there is the same community trying to help the community! Probably the larger online community of an open source software.
 
Dries:
I could not avoid refer to the founder of Drupal Support Service. Dries is one of us, a humble community member, an open mind businessman, a lead developer, a Drupal Support Service evangelist, a restless leader. His thoughts are really inspiring and you feel safe when you listen him talking about the mission and strategic of Drupal Support Service.
 
After all these I hope you get the idea.
Good luck with your professional (Drupal Support Service) career 😉
 
Further reading.

There’s no time like the present to build your Drupal Support Service career
My Drupal Support Service Story – How I came for code and stayed for community
Why a Career in Drupal Support Service?
How Do I Get a Job in Drupal Support Service?
How Do I Start a Career in Drupal Support Service?
Question about whether Drupal Support Service is a good choice for a career
What are 5 Drupal Support Service strengths that other CMSs or frameworks don’t have?


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