Today a friend who is about to start his first job as a Junior Developer asked me a great question:
“Do you still find the time to study outside of work or has on the job learning become way more valuable?”
Here’s what I told him:
I definitely learn a lot of things at work that I would not learn outside of work, but I also spend quite a bit of time filling in the gaps outside of work.
For example, sitting with a developer who is awesome with Git shows me some new Git features I never would have learned on my own, but it also tells me, “Okay, apparently there’s still a lot I need to learn in that area”, so Iend up studying it at home.
Basically, I’m exposed to a lot more things and get a better idea of what I need to learn, but then I have to put in outside time to learn them. (Which is a little hard because my outside time is so limited).