"how good are you?" (lemmy.world)
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[-] [email protected] 65 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

Good enough for someone to pay me for it. I've learned not to think too hard about it beyond that.

[-] [email protected] 43 points 5 months ago

Ah yes, the perennial question, "am I worthy of applying for senior jobs already?"

[-] rtxn 30 points 5 months ago

"No, but somehow I got the job and I'm completely out of my depth."

[-] [email protected] 24 points 5 months ago

I have that with management roles.

Before I started working for myself, I would end up being the manager, every goddamn time.

I'm a diagnosed autistic and am best if I just get a target to hit, no matter how elusive and unattainable and I WILL hit that target, even if I have to learn some obscure 1970's COBOL dialect to do so.

But nooo, they keep promoting me to management, because I natural take control of a groups workflow (only because I'm the person that sees the way to the target, when no one else can).

Why not just let me be Senior and team lead instead of always making me a manager!

[-] rtxn 15 points 5 months ago

Fellow autistic here. I've turned down advancement opportunities because they would've put me on the path towards middle management positions.

[-] Whelks_chance 4 points 5 months ago

Well. Hmm. Gonna go do some introspection now.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 months ago

Are you me? I got a chance for a gig as enterprise architect and most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing.

[-] [email protected] 30 points 5 months ago

Programming or knowledge about that has such a high ceiling that the own knowlege always looks like nothing. I always tell myself i do alright to turn down my insecrurities.

[-] [email protected] 23 points 5 months ago

I mean that's exactly me only that my boss and some coworkers who are super nerds keep praising my working-for-only-1-year-now ass so it's a battle between insecurities and people telling me I'm doing good.

[-] [email protected] 24 points 5 months ago

I have an even bigger problem. I have no reference within my company, I am the one who knows the most about programming, which is why praise is inherently hollow because it comes from people who couldn't make a proper judgement on that.

It's like me praising someone playing the piano. Like, I can tell if I like it, but this goes basically only to the point of recognize if someone just plays very badly or not.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

Your self-awareness is a good sign. My predecessor was a self-taught cowboy coder with no one to draw comparisons with. He was the lead (read: only) software engineer at my company, barring fresh graduates that didn't know any better.

Then I came along to point out all of his anti-patterns & cruft. By that point, he was too entrenched & self-assured in his abilities to listen to reason. Some people have imposter syndrome, others are imposters that failed upwards in spite of their incompetence.

Sean, if you're reading this - fuck you. I'm still coming across code you refuctored

[-] [email protected] 2 points 4 months ago

Dang man. Hitting me in the feels.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 5 months ago

You clearly have it worse. I find myself really lucky because I started out in a rather small company but with some very passionate programmers whom I can look up to.

[-] MajorHavoc 12 points 5 months ago

Trust your coworkers. If you sucked, they wouldn't be saying that.

[-] [email protected] 16 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)

I've seen the code scientists and engineers (not programmers) write. It's real bad

[-] [email protected] 5 points 5 months ago

This made me horny help

[-] [email protected] 4 points 5 months ago* (last edited 5 months ago)
[-] [email protected] 1 points 5 months ago

It’s a big of a problem.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 5 months ago
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