Being a junior has a lot to do with a state of mind. besides technical skills.
I want to tell you how I changed my “junior” state of mind and how I was able to give value much faster, which translates into a better salary, roles, and opportunities.
I will share practical tips that you can implement starting today.
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It is very important to “stay ahead of the curve” and make sure we always pushing forward to learn new things and to be exposed to new technologies, frameworks and techniques.
I recommend doing as much studying as possible on work time. A good place to find as a junior, is a place that will allow you to learn and research on the job.
I also recommend invest some “free-time” in learning to code, but ideally, your “free time” should be invested in learning technologies that you want, and might have no connection to your work projects.
I highly recommend speaking with your technical leads and colleagues about wanting to learn more and to improve and seek advice and guidance.
This is also related to the “take initiative” tip. Taking on projects at work that challenge you and force you to learn new things is one of the best ways to move forward.
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Who am I, and how did I end up here?
I am a software developer and Instructor with extensive experience leading both teams and projects, and over a decade teaching students and training staff.
A few years ago, Jonathan (Owner @Solvism) found me a job in a technical position after I moved to the Netherlands. He guided me through the Dutch working culture and got me a great fit. He did this in… wait for it… one day!
Since then we kept in touch, and when I had the opportunity to join the team and contribute with my knowledge and experience, I had to jump in! So here I am!