Note to my Junior Software Developer self

Being a FrontEnd Developer can come with many different paths to choose from. After you’ve mastered the basics like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript selecting a proper framework and/or library is crucial to be competitive in the job market. I’ve been a Front End Developer since 2016 when I landed my first Web Developer Internship and an Angular Developer since 2017 when I landed my first full-time job at a Fortune 20 company. I’ll be sharing what it means to be a junior developer, from what task I worked on, how heavy of a workload I was assigned, and how I overcame the infamous imposter syndrome.

Joining any new company can be nerve-wracking but joining as a junior developer adds even more anxiety if it hadn't already. The uncertainty on what projects you'll be working on, what task would be assigned to you, and what tools you’ll need to learn like microapi, swagger, or postman can be daunting for most. Nonetheless, this will all pass. Generally speaking, any new hire both a Junior developer and/or a Senior developer can always expect their first ticket to be a bugfix. The reason for a bugfix is because these types of tickets give the sense of immediate impact on new hires, encourage studying of code, and honestly because they’re simple. Moving forward in the next months expect more bug fixes and minor to medium tasks like adding a dropdown menu within a modal.

As a Junior Developer, you can find yourself eager to get work done and make a name for yourself. The typical workload you can expect can be subject to the size of the company. If you have hopes in joining a FANG like Google, Amazon, or Facebook you’ll be one talented developer out of the hundreds if not thousands…seriously thousands. On the other hand, if your joining a small company or startup-like microapi you might be one of a few. The size of a company matters greatly with regard to workload. For a FANG company, you could expect a smaller workload let’s say one to three tickets a sprint(bi-weely). While at a Start-Up, you could expect 10+ tickets within one sprint all ranging from small bugfixes to large features.

Lastly, let’s talk about what nearly every junior developer might have or will soon experience imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is simply doubting one's skills or abilities and feeling like a fraud within your career. However, don't worry this is only temporary, once you start working on a task familiarizing yourself amongst the team and becoming a seasoned developer you’ll feel those doubts and disbeliefs go right out the window.

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