DEV Community


Discussion on: Junior WebDev Career Advice Needed

matthewhegarty profile image
Matthew Hegarty

I agree with other posters that being paid whilst working for a degree is a great opportunity. If you are ok with living at home, and enjoy the job, then it is an investment in yourself. Use the time to study, but also find out which aspects of the profession interest you most, build up some side projects, network and keep learning (oh and don't forget to save as much money as you can). In short, build up a profile that will really impress potential employers in a couple of years.

Having a degree in two years will move you further up the ladder than two years of junior web dev and you will learn a lot about the fundamentals of software engineering AND you will have experience of applying them on the job.

Your current company may expect some level of commitment from you, after all they will be funding your degree. So look out for any clauses and make sure you are ok with them.

It might be an interesting exercise to sketch it out on paper:

  • how much can you save at home vs what will your costs be in London?
    • and don't forget London is one of the most expensive cities in the world
  • what do junior dev roles pay in London at the moment?
  • what are graduates getting paid in London?
  • what sort of roles could you get now vs those in the future?
  • Could you land a job in London immediately or might you have to support yourself for a few weeks?

Like others said, think about your goals. Where do you want to be in 5, 10 years time? Which of these options would move you towards those goals.

There also might be emotional factor. Maybe you are desperate to get away from the Shires and seek your fortune in London (I did the same). You've plenty of time to do all this though, and you now have a great opportunity to build a solid foundation for your twenties.

Good luck!

seadreamcode profile image
seadreamcode Author

Wow great advice. Thanks! Perhaps I'm just a bit too eager to move from the quiet country right now!