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First Day Web Dev Jitters


A week ago as I rolled out of bed, my stomach was in a bundle of knots and my emotions fluctuated between excitement, nervousness and personal doubt.

It was the moment of truth. After months of tutorials, videos and a 9-week bootcamp, all of the hours I had spent preparing myself for a career in web development was about to be validated. It was my first job as an official web developer.

This was no longer a side passion, but a completely new career.

And, while it was thrilling to imagine I could actually be paid to do something I truly enjoyed, it was also incredibly nervewracking. New career. New job. New city. New people.

Was I ready?

As I write this — less than a week after my first day — I have to admit that those first eight hours are quite hazy. There were so many tools to learn, processes to remember and even keyboard shortcuts to file in the back of my mind. I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of information.

I was jotting down notes and making mental reminders to myself. But, as the amount of things to remember continued to pile on, so too did my anxiety.

Until, of course, I took a step back.

I began to remember my very first “real-world” job after college. The newness, the emotions, the amount of information…it was all very similar.

Yet, unlike my first job out of college more than eight years ago, I now have a better understanding of the way businesses are run. And, more importantly, I understand that it simply takes time in any new position to learn how things operate.

No one — not even someone in an executive role — can be expected to know all of the ins and outs of a new workplace environment in day one.

And, although it can be intimidating, it can also be incredibly motivating.

As I look at the developers around me, I’m encouraged to work hard and dive into projects so that hopefully one day I can be at their level of knowledge and skill. I understand this will probably involve a lot of research, plenty of questions and even some mistakes and missteps.

But, I’m fortunate to have a supportive team around me.

So, here’s to a year ahead of conquering git, memorizing Emmet shortcuts, mastering WordPress and building some kick-ass client sites.

New beginnings aren’t quite as scary as they initially seem.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.”
-Mark Twain