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What to look for in my first job?

hugoliconv profile image Hugo ・1 min read

I'm a recent Grad, and also, after six months, I'm about to finish an internship in a software company, so I'm looking for my first Full-time job.

What should I look for in my first job? Should I care about the technologies? For example, I'd love to work with React.js but it is difficult to find a place that uses it, at least where I live. My biggest concern is to find a place that helps me grow.

I would love to hear what you think.

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Bashar Abdullah

To me there are three cornerstones in any job:

1- Salary
2- Experience
3- Work environment

Depending on your condition, salary might be deciding factor. If you have the luxury of not making that the one deciding factor, my advise is to seek experience, and a healthy work environment. Not to downplay salary, but if you hate your workplace, or not growing there, extra salary may not be worth the mental struggle.

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Hugo Author

I agree with you, sometimes salary is not a big deal, at least at the beginning of your career. For example, the salary I was receiving in my internship was low, but I learned a lot, and for me, that was more important.

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Jesse Gabriel

A chance to learn and not simply just do work. It's hard to find a job that will turn to a career in your first go, at least for me and from what I have seen from others, so I looked for a place that is nurturing and willing to let me learn as I build my skills and get experience in the industry.

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Hugo Author

Yes, it's hard to find a place like that. But I don't know if I should be more relaxed trying to find a good place or if I should take it more seriously, have a little patience and keep looking until I find it.

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Molly Struve (she/her)

I think you are spot on with wanting to find a place with people that will help you grow. That is SO IMPORTANT! But, at the same time, you want to be working with technologies you like and enjoy. If you are unsure of what you want to focus on yet then shoot for a place that will allow you to work with a wide variety of technologies. That way you can figure out what you like. I think one of the best things to starting out as a "Full Stack" developer is that it allows you to experience different parts of the stack and then you can decide what you want to focus on going forward.

GOOD LUCK finding your first full time job! I wrote a blog post called Tips for Finding Your First Dev Job, feel free to give it a read if you want. Honestly though, sounds like you have already nailed a few of my points 😃

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Hugo Author

Thanks, Molly, that's exactly how I feel. I like the advice of getting a job as a Full Stack developer, my biggest concern with that is that I only have experience working as a Front End, and sure, I can learn, but I don't know if a company will give me the opportunity to do it.

BTW, I read your post and it really helped me, there are a couple of good tips in the comments, thanks for sharing.