Hey! I am a junior software developer working with Java 8 and Spring (Boot) Framework. It has been around two/three months since I started. Time to start sharing some of my experiences of being a junior developer, and things I missed on my career start. I start this off with three tips I have for junior developers and also more experienced developers who train new juniors. Enjoy!
The first thing I failed, and still fail a bit, is taking a first step if I keep walking against a wall. When you walk against, don't walk to it a couple more times. After the first hit, ask a more experienced colleague for help.
Those small lessons when you get stuck are amazing. I found them being more helpful than necessary but it keeps the learning process alive. It speeds the learning process more.
If you are a (senior) developer who helps a new colleague get into the work: explain the whole process. Which tools do you guys use? What is your code style? What is the workflow in the source code management? How are applications being deployed? How are specifications for a piece of software formatted?
That onboarding process is so unbelievably helpful for a new colleague. I found myself in the position of wondering what to do as I did not understand the workflow used at our office.
An ideal situation would be to fill the first week with workshops for the new colleague. And let every developer give a workshop. It generates possibilities for the new developer to meet all his/her new colleagues.
Ending the workshops with a little summary would be awesome, it gives the junior a little booklet to keep by their side if needed. It depends on the knowledge level of the new developer which workshops are more important.
Even if you're a senior developer with 15+ years of experience, don't put the opinion of the junior aside and just say you're right. Explain them why you think you are right. Explain what is not correct about their opinion.
Let them discuss with you, point them to the correct direction but do not make the path for them. Make them ask you questions, but don't ignore them. Teach them the correct ways by making them think.
Hope people can share the same ideas, what are your thoughts on the above? I would love to hear from you!