1. The first job is the hardest
Everybody has to go through the process of finding their first job. Sending out the very first resume, going to an interview, succeeding or failing. Beginnings are always tricky and the development world is no different. It is quite obvious that companies are more eager to hire somebody with a few years of experience, but often a fresh mind that can be shaped into whatever they want is a very tempting alternative, so do not get discouraged. Most importantly, do not undervalue yourself. Sometimes the fact that you are a self-taught programmer will be what convinces the interviewer. Be prepared, build a great portfolio and keep on trying. A good-looking portfolio and active Github profile will help you create a brand for yourself. Remember to stress your ability to learn and desire to grow and you will ace your interview.
2. Foreign languages - an obstacle to overcome
It should not be a surprise that programmers most often communicate using the world’s universal language - English. The inability to use English is a quite common obstacle when looking to become a programmer. It is required not only to understand and use commands in English when writing code but also to be able to talk to the client, present progress, ask questions, understand their requirements. Having a good command of English will help you grow since most of the documentation, forums, tutorials are in English. The best thing to do when working on improving your language skills is using only foreign-language resources. This way you will work on both your English and programming skills. If you are really struggling to understand what they are talking about try translating the written resources while constantly being exposed to the spoken language. Pro tip: start watching your favourite movies and tv shows in English with subtitles instead of choosing dubbing.
3. You can't build on a weak foundation
4. Meetups, meetups and even more meetups
Meetups are important. They are great for building your network, meeting your potential colleagues / employers. Their popularity in the programming community is constantly growing, so the number of meetups organized is increasing as well, which can make it a bit overwhelming. However, attending meetups is very useful for building a name for yourself, meeting new people and generally putting yourself out there. This can be problematic for some, especially if you consider yourself being on the introvert side, but should never be checked off the list entirely.
5. Internship? What internship?
Another problem that many new developers often complain about is the fact that there are not many / or at all internships for people just getting started in the industry. Companies are not eager to hire somebody with little to none experience or take responsibility and mentor somebody who may not end up working for them in the future. So if you are unable to find a job and there are no internships available things may get frustrating.
6. Senior developer needed
This problem goes hand in hand with the first one. Most companies often are more willing to pay a bit more to hire somebody with loads of experience that can be deployed on a commercial project immediately and does not need mentoring and training. In our recent article, we raised a subject of why your development team should be of a mixed-skill level and we are hoping it will convince recruiters that juniors are in fact needed on every team.