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huntermccaw
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March 5, 2022 11:19 am  

Hi! Im currently a High school senior who will be attending Morton college in Chicago this fall on a baseball scholarship. After I get my bachelors in IT I plan on getting a front end dev job. As I see there are not many options for those on the island I plan on getting a remote job. Is there anyone on here who is a software dev on also lives in St. Thomas or is there any devs on here in general who can tell me if most companies will allow you to live in St. Thomas while being a dev. Thank you!


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vicanuck
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March 7, 2022 8:15 am  

Your biggest issue working remotely from St. Thomas will be the frequent power outages and unreliable , very expensive internet.


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daveb722
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March 10, 2022 9:17 am  

Lot's of people do it.  The biggest obstacle is internet - costs and outages.  Some pay for both providers here so that they always have a back up when it does go down.  So figure 200 a month for both.

Also electric outages can affect you as well.  

 


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Exit Zero
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March 10, 2022 7:40 pm  

Well FOUR years of college ahead -- no idea what remote worwill be like anywhere by then


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stcmike
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March 11, 2022 9:16 pm  

Its nice that you are thinking ahead but I think you should enjoy your remaining time in high school and the 4 years you will have in college. You are young only once, enjoy and experience your college years. Time goes fast. You could address your after college life when it gets a little closer


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rewired
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March 17, 2022 8:14 am  

I live in the VI most of the time and consult on the mainland.  I've found Broadband VI to be reasonably consistent,  if a bit slow,  with a speed of 50 maps for just over $100 per month.  For a backup,  I use a hotspot on my AT&T phone and get reasonable speed with cap of 40GB of data per month. 

Depending on the type of development you want to do,  consider getting certified through Amazon AWS and you'll have a lot of opportunities,  including working for Amazon as a developer. 

After 25+ years in IT, I can assure you that you've picked a direction with plenty of upside,  as long as you have an aptitude and enjoy it! 


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