How to deal with deadlines when you're still learning

Milecia McG on March 05, 2019

After you get your first job as a web developer, you'll realize there's so much more to it than you initially thought. There will be a learning cur... [Read Full]
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Great advice, and I like this point especially:

If you get stuck, go get help

One of the most common issues I've seen when working with junior developers is when they sometimes spend WAY too long trying to figure out a problem on their own without asking anyone for help. And then the stress just starts compounding as the deadline gets closer.

Often the obstacle is the fact that the codebase has idiosyncracies or the project documentation is unclear. That's when a quick conversation can clear things up almost instantly.

 

Yes! I think they're just nervous about looking like they don't know what they are doing.

 

Beginner devs: One thing to keep in mind is that you will get stressed. So when you do try and do something that is productive but also will help you get organised. Such as:

  • Write a to-do list. Or prioritise the one you're on.
  • Write out (using a pen/pencil) the problem you are having in basic language. Sometimes that helps with understanding the problem in a slightly different way.
  • Rubber duck to another dev/or whoever. If you can explain the problem to someone, sometimes that is enough to find the answer.

Other than that just remember: You are capable of finding the answer, but that doesn't mean help isn't the wrong way to go.

 

Good point with this article! Since I'm not a professional developer and only a few weeks ago I started applying for some jobs this is the exact thing that concerns me the most. How should I deal with pressure and deadlines when I'm not fully ready to perform the task?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

 

I'm really glad it helped! Good luck! Just try not to let the stress get to you.

 

Great article this is what i have been through when i was a junior dev, procrastination is bad for junior dev as they don't have full idea how that work will scale and later on the practical part they get to know that it's at-least lengthy if not challenging.

 

As a junior Dev myself I'm going through this EXACT thing and haven't found out how to deal with it.. But this helps a lot ! Much appreciated 😊

 

This is something everyone needs to hear. Thanks so much!

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