How to REALLY Survive Your First Year as a Developer: Page 2

The inside story on making it as a coder. Oh, and veterans could learn a thing or too as well.
Posted October 15, 2012
By

Eric Spiegel


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2. How do I find and effectively use a mentor?

If you aren’t assigned a mentor, seek out one you can confide in when you are facing tough decisions. But don’t waste your time if you find a mentor isn’t responsive – move on to someone else who shows a genuine interest in helping you.

3. What kinds of problems should I bring to my manager?

Don’t bring your manager problems, bring them solutions. No one likes a complainer.

4. When is the right time to ask for a raise?

Anytime. The key is to be prepared with facts to make your case. Look at salary surveys, talk to recruiters – but don’t point out that your peers makes more than you because you aren’t supposed to know what your peers make!

5. How good does my work product need to be?

If you really need to ask this question, then you won’t have that job long.

Finally, the email sales pitch suggested the most important determinant of success on the new job is the relationship with your boss, especially a dysfunctional boss.

I disagree.

The most important factor in your success is you. You control how you act. You control your work ethic. Don’t look to blame your idiot boss for your problems. Take responsibility for doing the best job you can and if you can stand the heat, get out of the fire – find a new job. Just remember, the grass isn’t always greener.

Now you can take the $400 I just saved you, skip the happy hour buffet, stock up on your favorite energy drink and buy a bunch of video games so you can at least feel like you are back in college.

No extra charge!

Also see: Are Quirky Developers Brilliant or Dangerous?

And: How to Deal with Your Idiot Coworkers


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