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Discussion on: What does it take to become a jr. dev?

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Ellen Macpherson

A portfolio (even a relatively small one) is crucial. It demonstrates your ability to se something through to the end and gives a company insight into how you think as a developer. The points you made about problem-solving and communication are great, too.

I think a lot of the problem lies in the inconsistent definition of 'junior developer.' I was lucky enough to be hired straight out of a bootcamp by a company who was willing to invest in getting me up to standard. A lot of other companies, however, see the 'junior' label as a way to hire cheap, highly-skilled talent for grunt work. It's a really varied market so it can be hard for potential candidates to pin down the skills they need.

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RealToughCandy.io Author

I think a lot of the problem lies in the inconsistent definition of 'junior developer.'

Yes this! It's such a curious industry because while hair stylists need to be licensed to practice their craft, it's a free-for-all in tech when it comes to expectations and job titles/definitions. It would be nice to have some standardization with some of these components.

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Alexis Ortiz Ojeda

Hi, what would you consider good projects to showcase on a portfolio for a Jr position?

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RealToughCandy.io Author

Hi Alexis, this is a great question. I'm planning on doing a YouTube video on this soon so stay tuned!