Industry Insights for Tech Newbies. Top tips from tech professionals to help a junior developer get ahead. In training to become a software developer, I'm learning more and more about how code isn't the only thing that matters.
In training to become a software developer, I’m learning more and more about how code isn’t the only thing that matters. As much as your skills as a programmer are important, it’s also worth remembering that people hire people, so ensuring you have the essential soft skills that employers are looking for is very beneficial.
If you’ve read my first article, you’ll know I’m currently a student at Northcoders, a coding bootcamp which recently held their Careers Week. During this week, I was able to get advice from Northcoders’ in-house career development experts on all things employability — from CV workshops to personal brand development.
I also started to understand the importance of networking and ensuring that your online presence is effective. In building my network and attending online meetups with industry professionals, I’ve received handy tips that I want to share with any other junior developers looking to get ahead in the tech world of 2020.
First off, I want to share some advice that I received from an online meetup with Code and Stuff — an excellent coding and networking community for women and non-binary developers and code newbies. I was able to chat one on one with professional software developers working in the industry and received useful guidance that was focused on ensuring the developer’s happiness and satisfaction when landing that first job.
While it’s tempting to apply to any job you see when you’re just starting out, I’m learning that it’s important to focus more on the company rather than the job title. Aim to get a feel for a business: Find out what they stand for, what their mission is, and what their working style looks like.
For example, are they a renowned corporation that has a clear company structure you’ll have to stick to, or are they a startup that may offer you a little more freedom with your work? Do they implement paired/mob programming, or do they leave these kinds of decisions to the developers themselves?
Research the company, and choose what works best for you. Code and Stuff recommended Glassdoor to read about employee experiences and get to grips with what a company’s like. It’s important to remember that culture adapts to you. A team will adapt to your limitations. and you’ll adapt to theirs — so it comes down to trying to find a workplace that’s flexible for your needs.
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