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Is it my responsibility to learn a new technology in my own time my employer wants to implement?

I work as a web developer in the US. My company recently hired on someone with the intent of having them get us swapped over to using a new technology that I have no experience with. This new team ...
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Is it condescending to answer a question with a question? [duplicate]

I started a new job and it's in a fast paced environment where the company keeps track of the speed you're doing work. There are several people who's job it is to help out new people when they get ...
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How do you deal with the emotions of not being the one to find the cause of a bug?

I've had a couple of occasions where I've been trying to find the root cause of a bug. These are bugs that might originate with the code or server configuration but their effect is quite broad so ...
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What can I do if I am asked to learn different programming languages very frequently?

I am a software developer and I know languages like Java, JavaScript. A few days ago my project manager asked to learn some other language to work on services related to those language. It took me few ...
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How do I become better at Delegating work?

I am an introverted programmer who is very good at what I do. I have been suddenly pushed into a position of a team lead, due to my seniors leaving jobs/ moving to different Projects. I have always ...
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Training: pay it myself or ask for it? [duplicate]

I'm a junior developer and I really want to learn the technologies I use in the company I work for (mainly web development). However, they don't offer any training courses because most, if not all, of ...
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Boss does not answer questions [closed]

I am still in training and sometimes my boss does not answer my questions. Other times he tells me to think about it. For example I was setting up a new machine and asked him to confirm I should ...
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Learn on the (new) job or take time off (and how much) to learn?

I am very busy in my current job which is nice but I feel it isn't leaving me enough time for the training I'd like to take. So I am considering a new job with a different blend of technologies from ...
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How to grow as a programmer in a small business [closed]

I am looking for growth opportunities. My passion has become programming and building solutions to solve business issues. My current employer, where I have been employed for 7yrs, is a small business ...
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As a junior, is it inappropriate for my supervisor to expect me to study our stack in my own time?

After coming across this question, I started questioning my knowledge of the software development industry. The top voted answer explains how it is completely unreasonable for the company to ask a ...
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How to effectively learn corporate jargon?

I am enamored with the corporate lingo that most of the business analysts in my company use. I realize being a developer that cutting the BS and getting to the point isn't going to take me far in life....
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How do I learn without being annoying to the people around me?

I am not new at what I do but I still have a lot to learn. When people ask me for help I am generally really happy to share my insight. When people critique my work it's hard for me to swallow but ...
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Training instructor always says “google it”

I'm in training for my new position. Each day we meet in a computer lab with the same instructor. The company has an internal knowledge center/search engine, kind of like it's own version of google. ...
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Would an entry-level web developer learn more working for a startup or large corporation? [duplicate]

I just finished school and have no work experience in web development other than a few small freelance projects. I have received two job offers and am wondering which path would be best for continuing ...
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Employer wants me to learn new language/system - how can I refuse to do this?

We have a system that was written for the .NET framework by a client, and an old developer, who was proficient in the framework, did updates and some work on the system. That developer has now left us....
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I keep getting tasks that are above my skill level. How can I address this without coming accross as grossly incompetent?

I'm 6 months into a new job that uses a technology I've had no experience in (but am trying really hard to learn). Often I get tasks that I have real difficulty with. I flag this: I say that I've ...
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How to maximize your learning

I have an experience of 3 years in a consulting firm where I've participated in a big variety of projects. We were a small and cohesioned team and we documented it all so we could all learn from each ...
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How Do I see the “Big Picture” of my small part in a company?

I recently started a new job, which is technically challenging. Because of this, it is very easy for me to get caught up on small details, sometimes missing the big picture behind what's going on. ...
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How to figure out during the interview whether the company is open to self-learning on the job?

For people working in technical fields (statistics, programming, etc.) it's important to devote time towards self-improvement. In theory, a continuously improving work force should also benefit the ...
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Online courses at work

I recently started working at a company in the IT department. The people are obviously hard working and helpful, but I'm afraid their skills aren't what they should be. They have many years at the ...
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Is it wrong to ask lots of questions as an intern? [duplicate]

I'm on paid internship in IT at a large bank where scope is for me to learn and to a get to a level of junior/professional with 2 or 3 years experience, so I can get hired. Thus I came to a strategy ...
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I'm the only junior in the company. How do I handle my training and set feedback expectations with colleagues?

Context: I'm younger than all of my colleagues by at least 2 years. I just finished college. I've been in this position for around 3 months, and a bit longer than that in the company itself. I'm ...
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How to introduce programming to non-IT personnel

I work in semi-large corporate company as a software developer. Recently, few of my colleagues from non-IT department (sales, marketing...) shown interest in learning basics of software development to ...
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How to get more from a laid-back QA internship?

I started an internship 2 weeks ago as a Quality Assurance Engineer intern and in the intern orientation I was told: "You can only get out as much as you put into your internship." After the ...
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Learning at work

In IT business, is it common for companies (managers) to allow employees to allocate working hours for learning new tools, frameworks etc? As I am a junior/mid-level front-end engineer, spending 10 ...
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Working in pairs when it is not actively encouraged?

I'm a firm believer that I can do any unfamiliar work, as long as an expert first shows me how to do it and perhaps supervises me when I do it for the first few units of time (depends on the task). ...
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How normal is it for a job to be 'learn from google'? [closed]

I think employers are aware that a computer science graduate isn't coming out of the job knowing whatever framework they're using inside out, and are prepared to have the employee learn on the job. ...
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About to start a long course that's not for my current position. Should I tell my employer?

From quite a long time, I've been advocating to do a technical change on one of our products. I've given pro's and con's of doing this, along with estimated times and costs. This would reward us with ...
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Feel lost at new job. How do I tell my manager?

I started a new job 2 and a half weeks ago as a software engineer. This is not my first job but I've never felt this lost and demotivated so early. I was assigned a coding task three days ago and i ...
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Curiosity as a developer: good or bad? [closed]

I keep getting curious about all the new technologies and kept spending short times in each tech. At the end of the day, it gives the sense of personal achievement but I couldn't concentrate on one or ...
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Bringing junior developer up to speed despite shortage of tasks that can be delegated

I am in the position of Architect/Lead Developer and I have one junior developer on my team. In the last few months we were delivering projects under tight deadlines so I was struggling to find tasks ...
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I'm a slow learner, how can I speed up? [closed]

A bit of background: I'm in the software industry. 90% of the stuff I'm working on is/was completely new when I started in August 2014. I need to make the same mistake two or three times before I can ...
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Learning about project in new job

I started a new job and my manager emailed me several documents, probably about 100 pages in total. They explain the concept behind the program I am a dev for. The first page of the first document I ...
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How to keep up date with technical advances when there is no time at work? [duplicate]

I am a software engineer. Following problem: I want to keep my skills up to date but there is no time at work for this at all. "Up to date" here means for me to keep an eye on the current versions of ...
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How does an Intern ask for work, when he/she already has multiple time and feels like a burden?

I am graduating as an IT major and have worked as an Accounting Specialist as well. My school has assigned me to a co-op opportunity after some painful mistakes on their part (I showed up at the ...
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How to handle no-work situations?

I have been working at my company for over a year now, I started as a Junior-Mid level programmer, in the beginning I was assigned to a "tutor" to understand his work so HE could take vacations since ...
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Asking for language class sponsorship from manager

I have been recently hired as a part-time developer (Student Worker) in Germany. The company has treated me very well since the beginning. However, some of colleagues are not comfortable to ...
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Does the recruiter takes into consideration if I'm an entrant or a beginner?

I really need a job - no big surprise; I'm not the only one. My knowledge is imperfect, though, meaning that either because of the lack of practice or because I wasn't even dealing with certain topics,...
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Helping your manager track your progress as correct as possible?

I've been working as a software developer for half an year in a small company in Germany. My manager (and company owner) is from USA and everyday he gives us tasks, bugs to fix and new features to ...
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Guilt of quitting to pursue my true career, and accepting more money to stay [closed]

Since I graduated college 5 years ago I have been working in a nice job doing software development. It is a good company and most to their credit, they let me spend one of those years working from ...
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What to do when you do not learn anything new [closed]

I have a couple of years in experience in a specific programming language. Now I'm having the feeling that I'm not learning anything new at work in that specific programming language. What would you ...
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How to adjust with Start-up environment which gives complex tasks? [closed]

I am new to programming and I work as a data analyst in a start-up. I find that its difficult for me to adjust with the start up environment. The seniors give me work like image processing and NLP ...
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How to go about getting a programming internship with no experience whatsoever? [closed]

I am a 17 year old student, about to head off to university and it is being constantly hammered into me that I need to gain some experience and show some initiative over my peers in looking for an ...
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Mention studying leaked documentation in interview

I am interviewing in a few days for a position requiring some skills I am currently missing. This can be solved by reading one of their manuals, which are supposed to be for sale as far as I ...
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Who to go to about a code review?

I am an apprentice at a large-ish company (500-600 employees). It is an engineering firm. I have written a web app which was not requested by anyone to start with but when I demonstrated the potential ...
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Facing difficulties in learning new programming language in company

I'm an 3rd IT student in development doing a "hybrid" course. To be more specific I spend 50% of my time in school and the rest in a company. They do pay me (around 80% of the minimum wage in my ...
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How to work with senior staff who are averse to new ideas? [closed]

My senior developers have around almost a decade of experience. They are open-minded to whatever THEY believe is good. They also lack interest in general problem solving and are not interested in ...
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Is there a correlation between passing fizzbuzz on paper and (good|effective|productive) programmers? [closed]

I understand the motivation to weed out non-programmers from programmers. It seems like a lot of blogs either conclude or insinuate that candidates who fail fizzbuzz questions don’t make good ...
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Company wants me to take English lessons. I don't want to [closed]

I literally just started working here and they evaluated my level of English with an oral examination, and the teacher said the next step was to take a written quiz, which she would use to sort of "...
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How to add learnability as value proposition in resume? [closed]

As a software engineer professional, I used to keep myself updated in latest features of my programming language, new architecture trends, new technologies, etc by listening podcasts, following blogs, ...