Starting Out Your Software Engineering Career
As it's well known, learning a new technology can be very tough and this is due to a number of reasons, it can range from not knowing what to learn to not having the right resources to learn, it can also be that you know where to start and what technologies to learn but don't know in what order to learn those technologies. This can be a huge problem for a beginner hoping to learn something new in programming.
In this post I'll be sharing some helpful tips that can help you to enter the tech industry and learn effectively, and also some road maps that I've found very useful, so that you don't get lost of get discouraged because you keep seeing a lot of technologies to learn, and maybe you're even confused already, so let's move.
Learn programming basics
One of the biggest mistakes I see a lot of beginners make is that they discard their basics or rather don't get well-grounded in the basics before moving on. So before moving on to learning different libraries and frameworks, make sure you understand programming basics, you can learn this language-agnostic or with a language. As it is well known that you'll probably not make use of one language throughout your career understanding some programming basics allows you to pick up any other language in the future, and it also allows you to have what I call a "programmer's thinking pattern". Knowing the basics allows you to think in a particular way. That said if you want me to talk about those programming basics you need to know, drop it in the comment section.
If possible get a mentor
This is something that in my own opinion is very important to your growth and how fast you move in your career. Starting out I didn't have a mentor and I know how fast those that had mentors move. You'll need a mentor to put you through, someone who has the experience and is grounded in the industry can guide you every step of the way until you become well-grounded. I'll also say that having a mentor can help you to get a position faster or even get paid projects to work on early.
Learn one technology at a time especially if you're a beginner
Starting out as a beginner and having a glimpse into the technologies that are required for you to land your first job, which you probably got by checking job postings, you might and I'm almost certain you'll be tempted to want to learn a lot of those technologies as fast as possible which might lead you to learn more than one technology at a time. This might not be a bad thing if you're already an intermediate developer, but as a beginner, apart from learning your basics well, you also want to make sure that you learn and understand the foundations of a particular technology before moving to another one, don't get yourself confused by learning a lot of things together which will slow your progress.
Check out these road maps.
Like I said at the beginning, it's not just enough to know what to learn but also to know in what order you need to learn what you want to learn so, I'm helping you with this by including some road maps that I know I'll be very helpful to you.
Also, I'll advise that you check job postings for the position you might be interested in, this will help to make sure that you're up to date with technologies required in the industry, so you can learn the right ones.
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Thanks for the Frontend roadmap Israel. I needed it.
Please any tips on how to get an engineering mentor?