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How to Make it as a Junior Dev and Stay Sane! - Video coming soon!


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It's incredibly hard to make it as a Junior Dev or someone just entering into the tech world. It can be overwhelming, daunting, and could lead to burnout quickly. That's what happened to me!

In this talk, I'll walk through my story and what happened during my first job in NYC, how I burnt out quickly, and what I did to try to fix it. I'll discuss some of the self care tips I used and how they helped me adjust and ultimately love my job. We'll talk about how I learned to ask for advice, manage time better, speak up when something doesn't feel right, take care of myself better, and set goals, among others. Taking on a Junior Dev role doesn't need to be overwhelming and scary and it does get better; it got better for me and hopefully my story can help you in your career!

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How to Make it as a Junior Dev and Stay Sane! - Video coming soon!

  1. 1. How to Make it as a Junior Dev and Stay Sane! By Katelyn Hertel
  2. 2. "You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over." - Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder
  3. 3. • Katelyn Hertel • Live in NYC • Work for NewsCred • I’m a CSE • I LOVE dogs • I travel the world • Find me on Twitter @katers_Potaters Who Am I?
  4. 4. • Katelyn Hertel • Live in NYC • Work for NewsCred • I’m a CSE • I LOVE dogs • I travel the world • Find me on Twitter @katers_Potaters Who Am I?
  5. 5. • Studied History and Classical Studies at Seton Hall University • Attended in Feburary 2016 • Studied Ruby and Rails • Met this beautiful human, my mentor and best friend Brittany Martin How did I get here?
  6. 6. What is NewsCred?
  7. 7. Content Marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience – and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action. -
  8. 8. 1. Original Content 2. Licensed Content 3. CMS Design 4. Have our own platform 5. CSEs fix ALL the problems • Drive product adaptation • Help with integrations • Assist with onboarding new customers to the platform What do we do?
  9. 9. 1. Worked for a Content Distribution Network or CDN 2. I got hired 3 weeks before I graduated my bootcamp 3. Started in May 4. In June I got the opportunity to work on 2 BIG projects; IPv6 and HTTP2 My First Job
  10. 10. In August I hit Burnout Status… HARD
  11. 11. 1. Asked for Advice 2. Managed time better 3. Spoke up 4. Learned to say no 5. Set goals 6. Self care Steps I Took to Turn it All Around
  12. 12. Asking for Help or Advice
  13. 13. Power Poses in the Bathroom FTW!
  14. 14. Better Time Managemen t
  15. 15. Don’t be afraid to speak up when something doesn’t feel right!
  16. 16. Learn to say no!
  17. 17. Find a Success Story in Your Company
  18. 18. 1. Started in November 2016 as a CSE 2. Was named Head of Support by July 2017 3. Now runs a team of 6! This is Peter
  19. 19. Set Short and Long Term Goals
  20. 20. 1. Could be for the day, week, month, or even year. 2. Should help dictate what you do in your everyday life. 3. Should get you closer to your long term goals. Short Term Goals
  21. 21. 1. Could be for the year, 5 years, 10 years or even a lifetime. 2. Career goals. 3. Life/Personal goals. 4. The big picture. Long Term Goals
  22. 22. 1. Answer 15 support tickets a week. 2. Get at least two good ratings a week. 3. Implement “Tech Check Ins.” 4. Learn JavaScript. My Short Term Goals
  23. 23. 1. Climb the ladder to advance my career – technical consulting. 2. End up as a Product Manager. 3. Have a family. 4. Be happy! Long Term Goals
  24. 24. Take Care of Yourself!
  25. 25. Self Care 1. Disconnect! 2. Turn Notifications off. 3. Make time for things you love. 4. Treat yourself every now and then!
  26. 26. 1. Listen when your Junior Devs ask for advice and offer them your knowledge. 2. Help them to better manage their time and prioritize the tasks you assign them. 3. When they express that something is wrong, listen and offer to help. 4. Allow your junior devs to say no and praise them for doing so. 5. Be the success story they look up to. 6. Help guide them in setting their goals. 7. Make sure they aren’t working too hard and are taking care of themselves too. Senior Devs and Managers
  27. 27. - There are there to help you. - They have all the knowledge to share. - They want you to succeed or they wouldn’t have hired you. Have a Good Relationships with Your Higher Ups
  28. 28. And Remember…
  29. 29. Twitter: @katers_potaters Any Questions?