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6,232 Points

Struggling in a junior front end dev role.

Hi guys, I have been working as a junior Front end dev for just over a year now and to be honest I am really not enjoying it.

I spend roughly about 4 hours a week working outside of work to try and improve but I still always seem to struggle when picking up a task that has already been worked on, especially if they contain PHP and java.

When I work at home I enjoy development and can't see myself doing anything else realistically.

But as I have been doing this for a year now I am thinking maybe I am just not good enough. I can feel my colleagues are getting frustrated with my questions and they see me as a bit of a burden!

To be honest, I don't feel supported at all and haven't been from the start. I am already starting to look for other positions as I feel a more positive company would have a major impact on my work. Has anybody else had an experience like this? For the past few weeks I have worked on about 7 projects a day and been given work that is clearly way above my current ability.

I wish I could put in more time but my commute takes 1 1/2 hours so I barely have any time in the week.

Has anyone had any similar experience and or advice?

Thanks in advance!

Ryan Herrin
Ryan Herrin
580 Points

Sorry to hear that you are not enjoying your web developer role at your company. I am having the exact same problem at my new position as a front end developer. In fact, when I read your post, it describes exactly how I have been feeling. I have been at my job for almost 3 months now, and it's been very difficult trying to complete some of the tasks that I have been working on. I am also a freelance developer, and as you said, I really enjoy it at home, but at my new job, it's totally different. I believe a lot has to do with the fact that they are using different software (Drupal), when I have been used to working with Adobe software like Dreamweaver. They also do a lot more hand coding, which I'm not anywhere near as advanced as my coworkers at this. And, as you stated, they tell me to ask questions if I don't understand something, but I feel like I'm asking too many questions while they are trying to work on assignments of their own.

I wish you all the best at your job, and while working at home. Hopefully this website will help us learn some things that we can apply at work.

Good luck, and thanks for sharing!

2 Answers

Nathan Bentley
Nathan Bentley
12,680 Points

Hi Will,

Sorry to hear you are having a rotten time in your new role. Have you thought about speaking upfront with your line manager alone or maybe a HR in the company? Just be honest and open....and asking for further support? maybe request a mentor who is experienced in skills you need to meet/work next to you for couple of hours each week to cover the basic? How else can you grow in your job if you get no help? If they are not being supportive after this, maybe it's time to look elsewhere. I know that's sounds scary! Hope others will have some good advices for you too. Good luck and chin up!

6,232 Points

Thanks for the feedback guys. I am gonna "Hang in there" haha, give it a few more months whilst building my portfolio and then try and jump ship!