Professional Development

20+ events, organizations, meetups and good reads to help you get hired

Looking for your first job or your sixth, in tech or otherwise? Read this.

Browsing at NET/WORK Philly in 2018.

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So, you’ve decided to start looking for a new job, or maybe even a new career path.

The process can be nerve wracking, from putting yourself out there at networking events to knowing the right lingo to use during an interview to actually negotiating the terms of future employment. There’s a lot to consider: Is this a life-sustaining job? What’s my career trajectory like? What should this position earn me?

Whether you’re stepping foot into the working world for the first time or looking for your fourth career change, we’ve gathered a non-exhaustive list of resources — some timely, some evergreen — that will help you out at whichever stage of the process you’re in.

There’s a bent toward resources for tech and other professional careers below, with some other options, too. And as always, we’d love to hear what other career resources you’re using; email more suggestions to Happy hunting!

Meetups and events



  • JEVS Human Resources: This nonprofit has multiple training programs, many of which are for young adults to enter the tech world.
  • Hopeworks Camden: This nonprofit offers young people real-world tech education and training for steady jobs without requiring a college degree.
  • Venture Cafe: The University City venue offers weekly programming on tech, professional development and entrepreneurship. The events are free; University City Science Center comms lead Kristen Fitch calls the space an “open, welcoming community to all.”
  • Tech bootcamps: If you’re looking to learn to code — and whether you’re fresh out of high school, mid career or just looking to climb the later at your current workplace — check out our roundup of programs for a range of prices.

Slack groups

  • We Evolve: This workspace has the goal of “supporting and encouraging women, trans men, and non-binary adults in and around Philly in their tech journeys” and has #jobs and #events channels to guide you to opportunities.
  • Philly Dev: This community for Philly’s remote, contract and in-house dev community includes job postings and networking channels.
  • Philly Startup Leaders: This group isn’t just for entrepreneurs, but those who currently (or want to) work for them.
  • Plenty of jobs and events chatter in this Slack community, too.
  • Ladies Get Paid: This well-known national org (with a Philly channel) offers professional development, negotiation training and job advice.



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