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Discussion on: How much experience you had, when you got your first dev job?

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Gary Bell

None. Well, I had a degree in Software Engineering. I was really lucky that I got a job 5-6 weeks after finishing my degree. Right place, right time kinda thing. All it asked for was an understanding of PHP, HTML, JavaScript and CSS. They didn't use a framework as such, but had their own for their own product.

I worked for them for years. It was a great product, and I'm glad the company is still doing well. The down side was I never really got exposed to "proper" frameworks until about 7 years ago, so it held me back a little bit in some areas. It does give me a big advantage for software planning though. My thinking is not constrained by the standards of specific frameworks.

When I am looking for an entry level developer, I want to know if they know some of the language, can think for themselves, and follow instructions. I don't care about framework knowledge, degrees or whatever mad requirements jobs have. Frameworks can be learned. Degrees aren't for everyone. Experience comes with someone taking that chance. I don't mind being that chance. Afterall, someone was there to take a chance on me once (and a few jobs since).

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Rushan Khan • Edited

I don't mind being that chance. Afterall, someone was there to take a chance on me once (and a few jobs since).

You are a good person, I really appreciate your willingness to take a chance on people. The standards for entry-level developers are getting higher by the second and it is really comforting to see people like you.

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Gary Bell

I think a lot of companies want people with so much experience because they think it will lower their costs. What they forget is experience !== good. A lot of experience but no direction might get the job done, but it might also bring in a lot of bad habits. Especially in a junior role.

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Madza Author

I got a job 5-6 weeks after finishing my degree

That's really good and I'm happy for you 👍💯

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