Job market/ over saturated?

Hi everyone, I am still very new to programming but I truly enjoy what I’ve been learning so far. I would like to eventually be competent enough to land a junior web developer job. I am the type of person who is constantly online reading and I have been getting discouraged by the amount of people I see who cant seem to land their first job in tech, I constantly here that the market is over saturated and that people are seeking different career paths other than web development. I am looking for feedback and hopefully some assurance that with enough hard work and due diligence that this can be a viable career change for me. I am willing to put in the work, regardless of how long it takes if there is light at the end of the tunnel. What do you guys think?

Getting a job is definitely hard nowadays, but a lot of the guff about ‘saturated’ is unfortunately about people who aren’t job ready yet. You should expect it to take years to get job ready.

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I appreciate the input, that put me at ease. I need to stay off of reddit!

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It’s completely understandable to feel both excited and apprehensive about pursuing a career in web development, especially given the competitive job market. However, with dedication, strategic learning, and practical experience, you can definitely achieve your goal.

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Jeremy summed up what I was going to say. Across all industries the job market absolutely sucks. Many companies are taking advantage of economic conditions and recent events to hire fewer people and use the threat of the bad job market to bully employees into increasing their workload to compensate. In programming specifically, what you tend to see (and have for as long as I’ve been doing this) is a large group of people who consider themselves to be qualified for junior developer roles and who are, in fact, not able to actually get through the application/interview process. People were claiming that the job market was “oversaturated” at the height of negative unemployment in tech.

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Thank you guys! I’m in no rush to start applying. I have been doing my job for over 14 years now and don’t mind doing it for a few more years, to make sure I’m truly ready when its time to make the change.

Hi everyone, it’s great to hear about your enthusiasm for programming! The job market can indeed be competitive, but don’t let that discourage you. Many people do succeed in landing their first job in tech with dedication and hard work. Focus on building a strong portfolio, gaining practical experience through projects or internships, and continuously learning new skills. Networking with professionals in the field and staying updated with industry trends can also be beneficial. Remember, perseverance is key. With enough effort and determination, you can definitely achieve your goal of becoming a junior web developer. Keep pushing forward, and good luck!