Companies often want to hire senior developers, but sometimes finding enough of them can be a challenge! One often overlooked alternative is to hire junior developers and grow them into senior developers within your organization. There are a lot of advantages to mentoring junior developers, for everyone involved, but sometimes companies are still reluctant because they may feel unsure as to how best to mentor them. In this talk, I will make the case for why hiring junior developers is awesome and why you should do it. I will also talk about ways to mentor them successfully and how to turn then into the senior developers you’ve been looking for.
Astronomer turned web developer, I now work at BuzzFeed as a full-stack software engineer. When I'm not writing code, I'm either playing board games or giggling with my toddler.