First job post college advice

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Greetings all, first post here (been a member since like April 2017).I recently started my first job and it has been amazing so far. Only issue, I do not get to develop as much as I am wanting. I do a lot of supports for apps. Not first line support but if the call in cannot solve issues with the app then it will be forwarded to my team and we will try to replicate and find out where and what is causing this issue. My question is, how do I ensure I do not fall behind as a developer over time. I still spend an hour or two after work, working on personal projects but I feel like that is not sufficient enough to grow as a developer compared to someone who gets to come in and develop for 8+ hours a day. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

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I feel like here is the moment in which you will find yourself having to balance your job with making learning a sort of job as well. To keep your skills (as fresh as you can), I'd say you have to map out weekly goals on your projects. You'll find what works for you and as soon as you do, see if there's anything you can do to help automate your work currently.

Setting up deadlines helps you continue to push the your knowledge at a pace you'll learn to set for yourself and maybe push toward a little more growth :)

Good luck and congrats on your first job!! Don't forget to celebrate that.


Thanks for the insightful response. I will definitely take your advice and try it out and see how it goes.

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