To Put It Bluntly, You’re Not Getting the Right Programmers on Board. And Here’s why:
It is a misconception that it is not worthwhile for a business to invest in younger developers, as evidenced by the ratio of senior developer job postings to entry-level postings. On the contrary, recruiting junior developers and providing them with experienced senior mentors is essential for any organisation looking to grow and expand their team effectively. Below, we outline three compelling reasons why fast-growing software companies should prioritise the integration of junior staff members.
Employee Retention Among Junior Developers
The trend of experienced developers changing positions for more exciting opportunities has created a competitive environment, making it difficult for junior developers to secure a long-term job. Therefore, it is essential for junior developers to showcase their abilities and maintain a strong work ethic in order to ensure a stable employment situation. A hiring manager can benefit from this drive to learn and build loyalty among employees by encouraging and rewarding such qualities. Ultimately, this will foster a positive working environment and a devoted workforce.
Beginner Programmers Are Like a Blank Canvas.
The perspectives of younger individuals are often more malleable, and less ingrained than those of more seasoned adults. These individuals can think outside of the box and experiment with new solutions to existing problems. Rather than viewing young programmers as a liability that would require additional resources, businesses should see them as a potential source of untapped talent and fresh perspectives. The hiring of inexperienced developers provides the opportunity to shape them into valuable team members, while simultaneously instilling your company’s values and teaching them essential skills.
It is essential to recognise that mentoring younger developers is not a tedious task, but rather a chance to be seized, both in a structured or informal way. By taking on this responsibility, you are not necessarily being idealistic, rather you are being pragmatic. The junior software engineers you are helping to mentor now will most likely become the leaders in the technology industry of the future, and be responsible for inventing and executing innovative technologies.
The Next Chief Technology Officers Are the up-and-Coming Developers
The current job market is not adequately equipped to support the expansion of the IT industry or your business. A study published in the previous year revealed that the number of IT job openings is increasing at a significantly faster rate than the number of individuals who are entering the workforce with computer science degrees. To fill the hundreds of thousands of open developer roles, it is necessary to hire younger individuals. Consequently, our attitude towards these individuals should be adjusted accordingly.
Despite their current lack of experience, junior developers are the key to a successful technological future. The job seekers of today are the same individuals who will eventually create the technology that will shape our business for years to come. Investing in new developers now will ensure that we have a strong leadership team in the future. At present, we are in a privileged position to hire the future leaders and mentor them to become efficient, principled, and creative in their roles.
We must keep in mind that we, too, were once “juniors,” until someone recognised our abilities and offered us a shot.