Professional Djangonaut skills

A common question I see on the Django Discord1 is “what do I need to know to get a job in Django?” This is a difficult thing to answer. The ultimate answer is, “whatever your employer wants you to know when they hire you.” But that’s avoiding the underlying question. I believe these people are asking what should I know to give myself the best chance at getting hired at a company that primarily uses Django. I think that’s something I can provide some guidance on. Or at the very least try to start the conversation so that we as a community can help the new folks out. So here are my list of skills:


I’m strongly considering turning this list into a syllabus and running a lab based course. The current version in my mind involves a 14-week course consisting of 3 hours of lectures a week and 3 hours of personal code review time. The trouble is that my napkin math shows that this would be a full-time job for me which causes all sorts of problems. But I feel very strongly that one-on-one mentorship and review dramatically increases a person’s engineering skills. If this is something that you’d be interested in let me know. I’d like to kick the tires on the idea.

If you thought this list was interesting, you may find my Unsung Developer Thoughts worth your time as well.