Relation between middle/senior and junior dev

January 01, 2020 - 3 min read

I’ve been a teacher and also a learner, so I’ve got something to tell you.

I’ve heard so many comments like “you’re too junior”, “you’re not a middle/senior dev”. I’m sure you’ve heard that too.

If you told me that something is impossible, I’m the type of woman that will try to succeed even if there is only a small chance.

Yes, I tried to achieve a proficiency level in tech close to the level of developers who inspired me despite my limited experience.

The fact is, some people believe that a junior should listen to the middle/senior dev and that’s all.

The middle/senior dev is highly qualified and has experience. For sure.

But it’s still an exchange.

Sharing knowledge is not easy for everyone. And when you’re in this situation, you sometimes have the obligation to explain complexity with simple words and distill abstract ideas into more digestible ones.

It’s an art not a science, really.

We all know that a developer is always learning, even by asking other devs. Sometimes developers ask things you didn’t think about, or you just don’t know about, and you also want to know the answer. So sometimes their question prompts you to research more and helps expand your knowledge base.

To you the junior dev

Don’t think the dev with high skills has no time for you. If he/she is really busy, add a meeting in his/her calendar. That will show it’s important for you and you really need this point. It can be the time to clarify what’s good in your work and what needs to be improved.

Try to find the answer before asking but don’t dedicate too much time to it. If you’re stuck ask for help. You’re losing time, even if it seems important to do it on your own and get the glory, you could have done so much more. And when it’s solved in two seconds, it’s much better not to wait so much time to ask help ;)

To you the middle/senior dev

Some people admire you in secret, I mean really. Take time to help junior dev to grow if you have the capacity to do so. It’s also time for you to challenge yourself and get to know your team better as well.

From my perspective a great middle/senior dev is not just someone who is technically proficient but also is someone who can help others to grow. An experienced dev should constantly learn to teach others with more clarity, to better organize their team, and to communicate more effectively.

And you, what do you think?