Helpful interactions in the socially awkward community

The process of learning to code can be intimidating. Whether you are a junior engineer or an experienced coder starting out at a new position, it is essential to have senior support. And if you’re the senior one - you should do your best to help.

The IT industry, being as large as it is and growing, produces a lot of workplaces for people like us. Because of that, I don’t consider us competitors. Instead, we should treat each other as best as we can. First step: relax and be honest if you don’t know something. Everyone went through the same phase and a lot of us had at least a mild case of the impostor syndrome.

If you are experienced, try to recognise when someone needs a hand and don’t get annoyed by it. Do you know how to recognise these situations, how to act and how to help out in a way which will empower the padawan? After all, you work together and it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved if you decide to step up.

This talk will go through the details and practice of all of the above. Regardless of your level of expertise, it never hurts to consider the non-technical aspects of IT.

Skill level: Intermediate
Duration: 25 min
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Dinko Mihovilović

I am a software engineer based in Zagreb, Croatia, working at GoodCode and teaching practical exercises in C language at College for Information Technologies in Zagreb. For the last couple of years, I have been working mostly full stack with an emphasis on frontend using JavaScript, Python, Django, Bootstrap and bit of HTML/CSS.

I love personal projects and helping junior engineers as a way of contributing back to the community. Prior to receiving a degree in Computer Science, I received a degree in Communication Studies and hence the interest for improving the way our community interacts internally. Family guy, food enthusiast, armchair adventurer.

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