From IT-student to developer - 4 common differences

What you need to know before beginning your first job as a developer.

IT student developer

Late nights with stress-inducing deadlines, early morning lectures, and lunch breaks that last a little bit too long are among some things you get used to as a student.


So when the study period begins to fade out and the time to start to prepare your life for a permanent job creeps in, the transition can seem unpredictable, maybe even a bit scary.


That’s why we are going to make you as prepared as possible for your new workday. We had a chat with our chief developer here in WA.works, and asked him what he experienced as the biggest differences between study and work.


Here he gives you a little insight into how it is to work as a newly graduate, he also has some advice that can be handy when you get your first developer job.


andreas

Andreas Hammerbeck studied information technology by HVL  

and now works as chief developer here in WA.works.


The Code

During my studies, I usually worked in small groups, so if I wondered about something, I could go directly and ask the person who wrote the code and get it explained
When you code in the workplace, one is often a part of a bigger team who also works on the same project. That’s why clean code is important. Your code will be read by others, and you will read code written by others.  
My best advice: The Book “Clean Code”. It is an amazing book on why and how writing important clean code is. Use the book for what it’s worth, and make habits and guidelines from it as soon as possible.


The people you work  with

When you start a new job as a new graduate, you probably aren’t the one who knows the most, but you have many people around you with long experience. You will work alongside them and learn much from them. I think the starting period in a new job is exciting since you learn so much in so little time, so your learning curve is very large.
In my studies, collaboration was a big focus, and the same thing goes for the workplace 
My advice: You can learn an incredible amount by being curious on how things work and asking the more experienced at work. Ask questions when you’re stuck and take advantage of collaboration with your colleagues. It's worth its weight in gold.