So I’ve just completed my 9th week at Lovespace already as a junior front end developer. Or has it been 10 weeks? I am losing count.
It was been a much gentler introduction than the last place I worked at – with not only a plan, but also with support. People to help me, people to train me – people to whom I can ask questions when I don’t know what I am doing, and people that understand juniors can make mistakes.
I massively appreciate my previous employers giving me a chance, I learnt more in the 3 months there than I had in the previous year or so of learning in my spare time. I just wasn’t right for them – and vice versa. They needed a senior developer – not a junior.
Things are going well so far.
However by the time I started to be given coding tasks to complete, I could clearly see the benefit of the amount of time I had spent studying said files. Whilst not understanding everything that was going on, I generally could either amend, or write new functions to be able to complete the required tasks.
Now I am working on a complete overhaul of the main website, making it look simpler but adding more detail to assist both the user, and those who receive the orders.
The website is pretty much my baby now, at least the front-end side of things – the bits you see. The senior developer still does the more complex bits that I don’t understand, and still checks and signs-off all of my changes. Will be interesting to see what he makes of my current project, which has taken a few weeks now, once I push it over to him.
I will also be learning how to make amendments to the consumer and scanner apps, which are coded through Angular – something I definitely need to learn. My boss looks after it – but it would be helpful for me to understand what is going on so I can actually make amendments/urgent fixes if he isn’t around.
It is a good challenge. It is definitely at the right level for me – I know enough to be able to impress myself with what I am doing, and feel comfortable with most tasks – yet still be challenged and be learning almost every single day.
The people are really sound, the company is young, ambitious and culturally on my wavelength (making storage sexy) – it is a generally very good place to work.
And I am very happy.
It does go to show that the rewards are out there if you work hard enough. But my journey has only just begun – and I still need to pass my 3-month probation.