I'm a Junior Software Developer!
So that's my first two weeks as a junior software developer done and dusted! The best way to describe how I am feeling is slightly overwhelmed yet incredibly excited.
I have had a very interesting ride in my working life- I have worked as an estate agent, media planner and buyer, a recruitment consultant, and then back to being an estate agent. Eventually, after committing to finding a solid career path and working hard to develop my skills, I was given an opportunity to become a front end web developer.
How did I go from an estate agent to a front end and now to a software developer? Easy. Hard work, making the most of every opportunity I am given, and using every spare minute I have self teaching.
That last one has been a massive contribution to my progression as a developer. I absolutely love kicking back with my laptop, reading and watching everything I can on the basics and then putting it all to work until I get it right.
I have a job where I am surrounded by extremely talented and dedicated developers who are all more than happy to teach me everything they know. My manager is fantastic, and together we are planning a training structure to ensure my progression is on the right track, including sufficient time for mentoring and self training.
The road ahead is certainly long, but exciting. I feel so lucky to have been given an opportunity like this and I will not be wasting one single second of it.
Stay tuned for more stories as I find my feet and hit my stride as a junior software developer.