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Ben Halpern

What is your advice to newbie coders considering taking a "less technical job" because they haven't had success in their job search for a coding job?

For people who think they are ready for a junior developer position, but not finding success in the job market.

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Saron Yitbarek Ask Me Anything • Edited on

Ooo good question! I think it's hard to say without understanding the financial implications of waiting for the right job. If you can wait, I think it's probably safer to wait, but if you need the money, by all means, go and get paid! But if you take a less technical job, I'd make it clear to whoever is hiring you and who your manager will be that your ultimate goal is getting a junior developer position. I'd ask them if there are on-ramps to getting to that role, what support and resources they offer for that transition, how often they hire from within, and if there's a way you might be able to do some coding as part of your less technical role. If you see a path at the company where you can get to where you ultimately want to be, I think taking a less technical job can be a smart move.