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Advice On Impostor Syndrome by olubantylove(m): 1:55pm On Oct 13, 2021
Hello everyone, let me just go straight to the point.

I got an offer recently as a backend developer with a company and I will be resuming work in some weeks time. The issue is I feel like I'm not good enough to take up this role, like I keep doubting myself.

I haven't work with any company or organization before. All my experience has been building web app for people, I've been doing that for like two years now.

I'm happy I got this role, because it wasn't easy, at the same time I feel like can I do well in this role?. I don't know if anybody felt the same way the first time they were taking up a software role too?

So software devs, I need your opinion on this. Thanks.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by christaddicted: 2:12pm On Oct 13, 2021
Got similar job too bro and having same feeling.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by airsaylongcome: 2:28pm On Oct 13, 2021
Let me give you my experience. Got a job for a telecommunications provider Stateside. Never had industry experience in the entire software stack used. From OS to actual telephony software, my entire experience was from running them at my home lab and watching YouTube videos which I replicated on my lab. First week (of a planned 4 week) training, I had a test to guage my knowledge. I "vomited" everything I had learned from my YouTube channel. Trainer couldn't believe his eyes. Apart from some school boy errors, every other thing I did was on point for entry-level knowledge. trainer was someone that had been in the industry for 20years and had to ask me if I was really entry-level or if I accepted entry-level just to get a job. Two weeks later, a colleague from Argentina who had more experience than I did, stumbled severally. I "assisted" him in designing what is known as a dialplan in the industry and the trainer was not pleased with my assistance. Man had to do the test again one week later with a subtle stern warning to me NOT to intervene.

Nigerian employers maybe different, but trust me fam, we all get cold-feet. Until we enter and notice that na the employers water cold, our feet is blazing hot

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Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by olubantylove(m): 2:45pm On Oct 13, 2021
airsaylongcome:
Let me give you my experience. Got a job for a telecommunications provider Stateside. Never had industry experience in the entire software stack used. From OS to actual telephony software, my entire experience was from running them at my home lab and watching YouTube videos which I replicated on my lab. First week (of a planned 4 week) training, I had a test to guage my knowledge. I "vomited" everything I had learned from my YouTube channel. Trainer couldn't believe his eyes. Apart from some school boy errors, every other thing I did was on point for entry-level knowledge. trainer was someone that had been in the industry for 20years and had to ask me if I was really entry-level or if I accepted entry-level just to get a job. Two weeks later, a colleague from Argentina who had more experience than I did, stumbled severally. I "assisted" him in designing what is known as a dialplan in the industry and the trainer was not pleased with my assistance. Man had to do the test again one week later with a subtle stern warning to me intervene.

Nigerian employers maybe different, but trust me fam, we all get cold-feet. Until we enter and notice that na the employers water cold, our feet is blazing hot


Hmnn, thanks for this sir.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by christaddicted: 3:26pm On Oct 13, 2021
airsaylongcome:
Let me give you my experience. Got a job for a telecommunications provider Stateside. Never had industry experience in the entire software stack used. From OS to actual telephony software, my entire experience was from running them at my home lab and watching YouTube videos which I replicated on my lab. First week (of a planned 4 week) training, I had a test to guage my knowledge. I "vomited" everything I had learned from my YouTube channel. Trainer couldn't believe his eyes. Apart from some school boy errors, every other thing I did was on point for entry-level knowledge. trainer was someone that had been in the industry for 20years and had to ask me if I was really entry-level or if I accepted entry-level just to get a job. Two weeks later, a colleague from Argentina who had more experience than I did, stumbled severally. I "assisted" him in designing what is known as a dialplan in the industry and the trainer was not pleased with my assistance. Man had to do the test again one week later with a subtle stern warning to me NOT to intervene.

Nigerian employers maybe different, but trust me fam, we all get cold-feet. Until we enter and notice that na the employers water cold, our feet is blazing hot

Thank you.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by spartan117(m): 4:36pm On Oct 13, 2021
It happens to most Devs when they take a step up, not just entry level Devs. You will get over it when you complete a couple of tasks in your new job.
The pressure shouldn't be on you, the onus lies with the company to onboard you properly.

My onboarding went smoothly at my first company, I was given a full external API to build that was to be like a miniature clone of our internal API. On top of that, the company was using firebase firestore and realTime database, firebase cloud functions and firebase Auth. Up till that point I didn't even know what firebase was cheesy I had only heard the instructor at the bootcamp I attended mention it once.

But the onboarding buddy I was assigned who also happened to be a senior colleague from my bootcamp really helped, and the CTO was also helpful, I disturbed both of them that week sha grin

This was how I felt after completing that first task cheesy

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Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by gheekhone: 5:18pm On Oct 13, 2021
e get why I dey follow you...correct guy...!!!

airsaylongcome:
Let me give you my experience. Got a job for a telecommunications provider Stateside. Never had industry experience in the entire software stack used. From OS to actual telephony software, my entire experience was from running them at my home lab and watching YouTube videos which I replicated on my lab. First week (of a planned 4 week) training, I had a test to guage my knowledge. I "vomited" everything I had learned from my YouTube channel. Trainer couldn't believe his eyes. Apart from some school boy errors, every other thing I did was on point for entry-level knowledge. trainer was someone that had been in the industry for 20years and had to ask me if I was really entry-level or if I accepted entry-level just to get a job. Two weeks later, a colleague from Argentina who had more experience than I did, stumbled severally. I "assisted" him in designing what is known as a dialplan in the industry and the trainer was not pleased with my assistance. Man had to do the test again one week later with a subtle stern warning to me NOT to intervene.

Nigerian employers maybe different, but trust me fam, we all get cold-feet. Until we enter and notice that na the employers water cold, our feet is blazing hot
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by qtguru(m): 5:53pm On Oct 13, 2021
olubantylove:
Hello everyone, let me just go straight to the point.

I got an offer recently as a backend developer with a company and I will be resuming work in some weeks time. The issue is I feel like I'm not good enough to take up this role, like I keep doubting myself.

I haven't work with any company or organization before. All my experience has been building web app for people, I've been doing that for like two years now.

I'm happy I got this role, because it wasn't easy, at the same time I feel like can I do well in this role?. I don't know if anybody felt the same way the first time they were taking up a software role too?

So software devs, I need your opinion on this. Thanks.

What stack ? we all do, but luckily enough documentation and Youtube videos lately.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by olubantylove(m): 7:14pm On Oct 13, 2021
spartan117:
It happens to most Devs when they take a step up, not just entry level Devs. You will get over it when you complete a couple of tasks in your new job.
The pressure shouldn't be on you, the onus lies with the company to onboard you properly.

My onboarding went smoothly at my first company, I was given a full external API to build that was to be like a miniature clone of our internal API. On top of that, the company was using firebase firestore and realTime database, firebase cloud functions and firebase Auth. Up till that point I didn't even know what firebase was cheesy I had only heard the instructor at the bootcamp I attended mention it once.

But the onboarding buddy I was assigned who also happened to be a senior colleague from my bootcamp really helped, and the CTO was also helpful, I disturbed both of them that week sha grin

This was how I felt after completing that first task cheesy


Thanks for sharing this.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by olubantylove(m): 7:15pm On Oct 13, 2021
qtguru:


What stack ? we all do, but luckily enough documentation and Youtube videos lately.

PHP/Laravel.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by qtguru(m): 7:36pm On Oct 13, 2021
olubantylove:


PHP/Laravel.

Guy no panic, PHP/Laravel is not that hard, just read on their documentation and know the design pattern it uses and the rest, you will learn on the job.
Re: Advice On Impostor Syndrome by olubantylove(m): 7:51pm On Oct 13, 2021
qtguru:


Guy no panic, PHP/Laravel is not that hard, just read on their documentation and know the design pattern it uses and the rest, you will learn on the job.

Alright bro, thanks so much.

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