I wanted to ask about something that I was thinking for the past couple of days.
I have been looking for a junior front end developer job for some time now.
I was able to get to a couple of interviews.
The problem seems to be at least in my country that there are a lot of candidates for one junior position.
Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things I could improve and I note down all of the questions I can’t answer. The community here was also great at helping me land more of those.
The thing is, in my region at least, there are around 300 people for one junior front end position. And the requirements seem to get a bit ridiculous for a front end position at least. That is to the point that they will require Java knowledge to apply or technical education.
One day (It seems by mistake) somebody has invited me for junior full-stack position thinking I know PHP. I do not know PHP at all. The front end questions were easy and the PHP test (they gave me the test despite the fact I told them I do not know PHP so I still tried to complete it) I was able to google and find quite quickly. I started to search for those kinds of " junior full stack/web dev" offers after that and it seems there are a lot more of those in my region (in past 1 month there were 4 junior front end positions and I can see there are around 3 web dev ones posted daily).
Do you think I should stick to my guns and master front end, or maybe just give in to market demand
and learn PHP. I was going to start with react right after I finish copule more of my vanilla.js projects, but if there are simply not many job offers in my region I am not sure if this is going to help me fins a job.
Was wondering if any of you had similar thoughts.
Thank you in advance for any advice.