Let me share with you at least 5 reasons why should you also go to the meetups related to programming.
I ordered them from most important for me at the moment.
1. New ideas
The first thing I liked about meetups is that I can get introduced to many new concepts that I might have not even heard about. Azure Web Service, what does Data Scientist do and what is machine learning, new version of Angular and etc. are a few examples. Sometimes I didn’t fully understand what’s going on. Nevertheless I felt satisfaction of learning during the meetups. It was fascinating to hear from people from so many different backgrounds.
This one is important for me since I tend to take life too seriously. Rarely there are meetups in my city, so I have to travel to other places. Every time I go to a meetup not only I learn, but I also get to feel like a tourist, traveler. This means I not only get to learn about new concepts. I also get to reflect on them and on my career or life just after the meeting.
What surprised me is that rooms where meetups about programming happen are almost always full! It’s very motivating to see so many people interested in the same topic as you are. If you want to regain motivation for learning web development, joining a meetup is a good way to do so. You’ll feel that you are not alone and are a part of a much bigger community.
During a meeting there might be some breaks, but you won’t get many chances to speak to people. It’s common to see an after-party happening just after the last speech and the organizers might ask people to come 30 minutes earlier before the meetup begins so they can network. This is a great chance to get to know some other people from the community and perhaps learn something from them. It would be a good idea to hone your networking skills and even prepare an elevator pitch!
5. Job opportunities
Whether you are currently employed or not, it still holds true. If there are people, there are opportunities to network which is a shortcut to getting a better job. This is especially true for meetups where you can be sure, that people not interested in programming wouldn’t show up. As long as you are prepared for some networking and are willing to talk to people and mention that you are open to new positions, there is a big chance that you will find one.