What do you think about low-code?

So, I have been working towards front end development, and many of you have helped me with questions. I recently just graduated with a bachelors in software development/web development. I recently got offered a job less than a month after graduating. It is low-code power app developer. I figured this would give me some experience I can add to my resume, and the money is actually real good. However, will low-code look that good on a resume if I were to apply to another job? This job is a two year contract, but lets say after the two years that I decide I want to try my luck somewhere else. Would these two years really help me with that?

This is the definition of low-code development from MS:

“It’s a method of software and application development that allows your workers to create enterprise-grade business apps using drag-and-drop functionality and visual guidance—with very little or no coding experience or knowledge.”

Personally, if my ultimate goal was to be a front-end developer then I would probably not want this on my resume. Or at least know that having this on your resume is probably not going to give you any advantage when you want to move on to an actual developer role. And to be honest, it could be a disadvantage because I’m going to assume that a lot of developers will not consider you to be a “real” developer. In other words, I think “low-code” probably has a negative stereotype among developers.

I could be way off base here, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. I’ll be interested to hear if anyone else has a different take.

To be honest, I have been struggling with this. I have been looking for jobs before I graduated, and my school had more opportunities for software development it seemed. So, I struggled to choose a path and if I have to be honest I ended up leaning towards the software way. It is actually a staffing company who is hiring for other businesses, and they were the ones to offer the job. I have asked them about this, and they said a lot of people tend to do the two years and then go their seperate ways. While many stay on for another two years and get more experience. Then there was the money side of things, the first year is 60k and then if I preform well the second year is 70k. Which, less than a month out of college is really good. I still had to ask what others thought

I just talked the guy again, and it looks like I misunderstood. So, I would be using power apps but he said that would only be half of it. Also be doing C#, react, and .net. I would say that would be beneficial work on for two years

Low code is still code at some level. If you’ve just graduated from school, I’d still consider it a good starting point, and a solid paying one at that.

Experience is experience, so as long as your able to apply skills you want to grow with (development skills), then you should be fine.

I’d also highly recommend trying to leverage what you can at your current job. You might have a job doing low-code app development, but who says you can’t go out and do more “code” than “low-code” around the company?

Good luck, keep learning, keep building :+1:

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Appreciate the advice. I thought about it, and talked it over with some people. I will be calling the companyback tomorrow to let them know I accept their offer.

I think it also depends on your financial situation. Do you need a job right now? Would you be OK if it took another year to get a job?

That being said, yeah, I agree that it is not ideal, but as Brad mentions there may be other opportunities in the company. And you could also be working on the side to build up an amazing portfolio.

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Also remember that you are not signing for life. You will always have the liberty of quitting the job the moment you find something better or more suitable.

It’s important to check all the clauses in your contract regarding this as well, so besides a fixed maximum time (you said two years), do you have a mandatory minimum?
Or some penalty if you quit the company earlier?

If not, then rest assured that you can always walk away respecting the terms of the contract if you wish to do so.

Also remember that each experience is important on a resume.
It will be on you to turn each experience into an advantage.
There’s always something to learn from everything.

Hope this helps :slight_smile:

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I talked to the recruiter to try and clear up some of the doubts. Power apps is a part of the job, but thats not all I would be doing. Theres is also using C#, and .net. So, power apps and a full stack as well is part of the job. Then after the two years it leads to a normal full time position with the company. I think I was focused on the power apps that I miss understood what I would really be doing.

Cool, yeah, you have have weigh all the options and what you want to do and what they are offering and what your financial situation is. I would just add that a lot of people have difficulty finding their first job. I had to move to a rural state for two years to get my first job. After that it was MUCH easier to get a job.

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I’ve done a bit of PowerAutomate (so I will talk based on that) and yes there isn’t a lot of coding. That said, there is a lot of architectural stuff like design and coming up with solutions. The opportunities for this type of work is getting better and having programming knowledge makes you stand out more in this space. It can be fun and there most certainly is a career path/future with it (Microsoft is by far the dominant player in Enterprise)

Similar to what @bbsmooth said, my opinion is this: if you want to be a developer, don’t get side tracked by other things. Focus on what you want and go for it. I see so many people pick up programming, take a “some time off” which turns into a weeks, and months and end up losing focus/progress.

A recruiters job is to sell you the job - make sure you ask the questions needed and make an informed decision. Check out job review sites to get an idea of what the job actually is.

I do find it strange that they want a basically full stack dev to also be doing power apps stuff. These two positions are full time jobs on their own and very different in scope.

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