I believe a few posts back I mentioned how I was beginning my job hunt. Its been a while for me in terms of looking for a job. Recent weeks have reminded me that looking for a job is basically a full time job in and of itself.
I’ve had a job since high school, through college and there after. It only makes sense that, leaving a “good” job was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make in my professional life. In the matter of 24-hours I went from someone who worked all their life to someone who was un-employed. I strongly believe it was the right decision for me, I am perusing something I love to do. In fact, I think it would be wrong of me not to pursue this. Maybe you’ve been in this position, either by choice or not, but it’s a difficult feeling for someone like myself.
This brings me to the “job hunt”. From the start, I never thought this journey was going to be easy. Although, I can say I wasn’t sure which part was going to be the hardest. It’s still very early, but I would venture a guess that it’s the getting a job part.
While job hunting you don’t see many “junior developer” positions (at least I don’t). There are many positions that just leave off the “junior” tag, probably for good reason as they want someone who can jump in with the team and produce. So far I’ve actually had great response from the companies I’ve reached out to. In and around the RI area there is actually more of a community than I originally thought.
I’ve meet with a couple of startup founders, along with a CTO of a startup. I’ve found these meetings incredibly helpful and insightful. It quickly became apparent that most small startups don’t have the resources (time/moeny) to invest in on-boarding a junior developer. Makes sense, you can’t have your lead developer spending x-hours a day pariring/code reviewing the junior when features need to be shipped.
I’ve found a few places that offer internships, and seem to really support developing and growing their juniors. I think this would be the idea situation for a recent boot camp grad or someone like myself. From discussions I’ve had it seems far to many entry level developers are thrust into a position way over their head and don’t receive the support they need to succeed.
Okay, enough rambling about jobs, crazy to think with meetings, resumes, cover letters etc I probably only got in about 15-hours of coding. It’s true looking for a job is full time work!