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.
If you haven’t read it yet, check out
- Tip #1: Don’t Wait!
- Tip #2: Improve Processes
- Tip #3: Self Improvement
- Tip #4 – Asking For Help
- Tip #5 – Receiving Feedback
You Will Never Be “Ready”
Looking back on the past decade, I can say that 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 that happened to me, happened when I did something 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐳𝐨𝐧𝐞:
- I got to be with my partner when I “chased” after a girl living 4500 km away
- I started an exciting career when I quit my job and started coding
- I faced my social anxiety when I had to approach new people after moving to the Netherlands.
𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞, 𝐛𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫.
- You don’t need to know everything to be qualified for a promotion.
- You don’t have to “know yourself” before being in a relationship
- You don’t need to be perfect before having kids
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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!