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Junior Developer: The Title You Should (Almost) Never Accept

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  1. Greg
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    I'm not as well versed in "big corporate" as some people, but this seems to be predicated on Junior Developer being synonymous with Sub-par Developer as a title, which I don't really get. I'd just...

    I'm not as well versed in "big corporate" as some people, but this seems to be predicated on Junior Developer being synonymous with Sub-par Developer as a title, which I don't really get. I'd just read it as being their introductory dev job - a worry if it's a title they've had for 10 years at three companies, but perfectly normal for someone who only graduated a year ago.

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    krg
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    Yup. I'm feelin' hard-up, so I'd most definitely take it! btw, anyone looking for a junior developer that's also old (relatively) and willing to work for peanuts?

    If you’re hard-up, take it.

    Yup. I'm feelin' hard-up, so I'd most definitely take it!

    btw, anyone looking for a junior developer that's also old (relatively) and willing to work for peanuts?

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    1. smores
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      I don’t know if you live near or are willing to relocate to New York City, but The New York Times is always hiring. This is the application for more frontend and fullstack roles:...

      I don’t know if you live near or are willing to relocate to New York City, but The New York Times is always hiring. This is the application for more frontend and fullstack roles: https://nytimes.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Tech/job/New-York-NY/Frontend-Engineer--Various-Teams_REQ-003548-1, and this is for backend: https://nytimes.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Tech/job/Washington-DC/Backend-Software-Engineer_REQ-006519.

      As a general rule, we also hire full time remote employees (like myself), but most managers prefer associate (i.e. junior/“entry level”) engineers to be onsite.

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  3. rkcr
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    I agree with the author that job titles are largely meaningless and that it is bad if you apply the word "junior" to a non-junior job. But there is a special role that a junior dev position can...

    I agree with the author that job titles are largely meaningless and that it is bad if you apply the word "junior" to a non-junior job. But there is a special role that a junior dev position can play!

    • The interview can be designed for people just starting their careers.
    • Curriculums can be designed to ramp up junior devs.
    • Special mentors can be assigned to junior devs.
    • Less pressure/stress to perform optimally - the company knows you're still learning.

    For people just getting into the industry, well-designed junior roles can be fantastic, and I guess the author has just never worked for a company that did it well (if at all).

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