I’ve spoken previously on how to land your first job in the industry. All the advice still stands. The comments over there are great to look at too.
This time, I’m talking about the expectations you need when going to find that job.
Finding an entry level job can be extremely difficult to begin with, but with many articles in the mainstream media of 4-day work weeks, unlimited vacation, remote working, free meals and many more perks associated with a Silicon Valley-style startup, it can give people the wrong expectations when starting out in the tech industry.
All medium to large size employers are looking for experienced people. They’re very rarely looking for fresh blood. They have the time and the resources to hire people with the relative experience that they need. Unless you can demonstrate that you can do everything that they require for that position, it’s going to be tough to get in there. I’m not saying it’s impossible but you’ll need to do lot’s of really hard work. Perseverance is needed.
Entry level positions, with limited experience, may not be where you’re expecting them to be. They’re not in the companies with the aforementioned generous perks.
You’re not expected to work there all your life, a year under your belt is enough experience for other employers. It’s perfectly acceptable to move on after a year. I was in my first full-time development job for a year before I left, and my second job paid about 30% more. After that, 25% more. It’s surprising how it scales. Within 4 years of full-time employment in the industry, I was earning over double my starting salary. Within 10 years, I’m in another country, with many of the perks mentioned above and more and a salary many times over my initial salary, doing the job that I love.
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