As more and more companies globally embrace digitalisation, the competition for tech talent and software developers is growing. While some companies are hesitant to hire junior developers who need training, others recognise the benefits junior talent can bring and are embracing the opportunity to invest in upskilling, mentoring and developing them.
We spoke to Florin Chiorean, Senior .NET Developer and Adriana Vosloban, UI/UX Designer, who both started their careers at Xoomworks Technology as junior developers. They explained the importance of having junior developers on the team and how Xoomworks Technology – now part of Accenture, is equipping them with the skills and experience to become the next team leaders.
The “why” of hiring junior software developers
There are many reasons why companies should hire junior developers that go way beyond financial. First and foremost, they bring a fresh new mindset, a fresh pair of eyes and a fresh approach. They’re rarely influenced by cultures experienced in previous roles or how things have always been done. Someone new to programming will ask questions other team members would never have thought of. If you can create a safe and supportive environment where juniors feel totally comfortable asking about any and everything, you’ll quickly get a whole new perspective.
Junior developers bring passion, energy, and an eagerness to learn – all essential attributes of high-performing software development teams. This fresh energy and enthusiasm, which often gets lost after years of writing code, can help re-energise a more established team.
The “how” of training junior software developers
To set junior developers up for success, it’s important they feel like an integral part of the team. They need to be empowered and encouraged to contribute and suggest ideas to a) help make the team more productive and b) develop the best possible digital products.
Long gone are the days of software developers working in solitary isolation on code to meet stakeholder requirements. Coding is still a big part of the job, but it takes much more than being able to write great code to be successful. Today’s modern developers are project stakeholders in their own right. This means they need to have the technical expertise necessary to advise other stakeholders, including clients, on which features are feasible, plus the ability to collaborate with other team members on decisions that will impact all the other areas of the project. The best software developers are good communicators who can clearly articulate ideas and build upon the ideas of others to come up with the best possible solution and implementation plan.
You can always learn new technical skills, but the softer skills, such as communication, teamwork and collaboration, are not so straightforward. That’s why, we expose our junior developers to situations that simulate real-world projects and scenarios as early as possible. That way, they will understand how a project runs, the key stakeholders, and how they interact with each other. It’s a key part of their learning experience.
A recent example
“Within just five months of joining the company, we assigned four junior developer recruits to a high-profile internal project as front-end developers. As part of our ongoing initiative to continue to innovate internally, we asked the project team to design a tool that will be used company-wide to enable anyone within the organisation to get real-time access to information about any of our projects. The fully searchable tool will replace the need to capture vast volumes of data in an excel spreadsheet, making it quick and easy to add new projects and keep the information updated.”
Involving the junior developers in this project allowed them to apply the technology and skills gained during their training. They are also gaining valuable insight into the end-to-end digital product development process. Given the high-profile nature of the project internally, working on this project has given these early-career developers direct exposure to the Xoomworks Technology leadership team. Most importantly, we’ve given them the opportunity to add value and make a real impact early on.”
A win-win for all
When developing junior talent, nothing can compete with being involved in a real-life project. It will help them understand the bigger picture and introduce them to the end-to-end product development process as well as to the roles and responsibilities of the different team members.
If you embrace your new developers and give them opportunities to excel, they will benefit your team. And when the more senior members of your team move on to new opportunities, having someone on the ground ready to step up and who already understands your company culture, the specific technology the project uses, and the client is a win-win for all.
Xoomworks Technology – now part of Accenture, is a specialist Digital Product team within Accenture Technology, dedicated to building end-to-end digital products that people love to use, and delivering value-focused outcomes for clients.
We are growing our team of digital product legends. We need problem-solvers to help our digitally-ambitious clients achieve their goals through amazing teamwork. We value creative thinkers with a product mindset who care deeply about the end-user experience, delivering value, and a successful product. Our clients are globally respected brands, innovators and leaders in their sector.
Join our fun, close-knit team, and we will give you the support, freedom and opportunities to excel. Be assured that we will recognise your potential and value your work. Ours is a “culture inside a culture” at Accenture, where you will also have access to the wide range of choices, benefits and career pathways that Accenture offers.