What’s causing companies to shy away from hiring new developers? There are several reasons I see for this trend, and I will spend some time unpacking them in this post. I’ll also give my thoughts on how juniors can improve their prospects during the job hunt.
If companies were interested in hiring from within, bringing developers in from the ground up and tailoring them to have the skills they need for the languages and projects, I think it would be the ideal way to boost up jr developers. If they have staff who are interested in enhancing their technical skills, the company should consider sponsoring tech training as well as co-coding cooperatives with their existing “elite” staff of programmers.
Personally, I’m surrounded by programmers/developers/DBAs, but because I’m not in a particular department, I can’t shadow or learn from the team on my floor. Instead, I have to learn on my own time, on my own dime (even for skills I need to have to do my job). Unless you are already IN development, with several years of experience, most places I know, won’t touch you or nurture you (as a jr).