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With significant gains in technology and an increase in educational programming during the 1990s, the millennial generation are known as the most educated generation of workers today. 51% of respondents we surveyed earlier this year identified as millennial developers, which makes up a large percentage of those looking for web or software development jobs. 

Here's what a few millennial developers had to say about what draws them to a company, how they got their first job, and what they look for in a company when applying to a job. 

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Luke Edwards is a Junior Developer at SilverStripe

What led you to your first job as a developer? What about the company did you like?

“Originally, I was just looking for a summer job while I was studying. I had some experience doing freelance web development work using the SilverStripe CMS and Framework, so it made sense to look for a role at the company behind it. I had been going to developer meetups and found SilverStripers really friendly and welcoming. The company also appealed to me because they were working with leading companies on interesting projects.”

What do you look for in a company when applying to a job?

“In a development job, I need a variety of high-quality work, an enjoyable and supportive environment, and opportunities to learn and grow.”

How did you get your first development job?

“I had the opportunity to intern at SilverStripe through the Summer of Tech – a national internship program in New Zealand that helps university students and graduated get internships at tech companies. I spent my internship in a scrum team working on a single page JavaScript app. My job was to write tests using a Java-based testing suite. After my internship, SilverStripe offered me a role as a Junior Developer! Internships can be a great way to get your foot in the door at any company you'd like to work for.”

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Lindsay Kavanagh is a Web Developer and Designer at seoplus+ 

What led you to your first job as a developer? What about the company did you like?

“What I really liked about this company was the ability to try new things on clients’ sites. We really take things from start to finish here, from designing the full website to developing and deploying it.”

“What originally drew me to working here was the idea of having a mentor. My boss is an SEO guru but also knows everything in terms of web development.”

What do you look for in a company when applying to a job?

“I look for a strong mentor to teach and guide me, the ability to try new things, and a company where learning and growth are possible.”

How did you get your first development job?

“When I went in for the techincal interview, I really liked that they were a newer company but had won a New Business of the Year Award for the area. We have a mission of helping small and medium-sized business establish and maintain an online presence, which is really cool. Creating a website and then seeing it shoot up in the Google ranks in a matter of months lets you know that your work is being seen and helping a business.”

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Rylee Fowler is a Senior Software Developer at Devio LLC

What led you to your first job as a developer? What about the company did you like?

“I'd been working on open-source projects for the past year or so, and had recently left university, so this was a prime opportunity to hone my skills in the professional world. When I was being told about the company, which does large-scale proto processing in a way that very few people had ever done before, I found it incredibly interesting.”

What do you look for in a company when applying to a job?

“Innovation: How is the company innovating the market area they're in? I find things that challenge the status quo incredibly interesting.”

“Company culture: I like to work around other creative and nontraditional people, so an accepting and progressive environment is super awesome. I've found that it contributes to not having to worry about the people around you so much.”

“Technology: What kind of tech does the company use to do what they're doing? If it's unusual, I'll find it all the more interesting.”

How did you get your first development job?

“I knew the CTO, the CTO knew I was skilled, and he agreed to get an interview for me. I was interviewed about my technical skills and experience, and a few days later I signed an employment contract and began planning my move to Dallas.”

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Yash Saxena is a Lead Front-End Engineer at Stanza

What led you to your first job as a developer? What about the company did you like?

“My first job as a developer was at Giving Assistant. I liked how the company had a small team that allowed me to be more involved in the decisions that were made on a daily basis, on both the tech and business development side.”

What do you look for in a company when applying to a job?

“I look for a team that has talented and drive individuals on it, on both the tech and business side. Culture is also key when joining a start-up – it not only makes you feel comfortable at work, it also increases productivity.”

How did you get your first development job?

“I met the CEO at a gym in San Francisco. We started talking, and I ended up giving her some ideas on how she could improve her platform. One thing led to another, and I ended up working there for a bit.”

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Alex Heflin is a Junior Developer at Gaslight

What led you to your first job as a developer? What about the company did you like?

I began work with Gaslight a little over two years ago as a design co-op student from the University of Cincinnati. I was looking for a position in the Cincinnati area and came across Gaslight in our job list. Immediately after viewing their website, I knew I wanted to be apart of the team! Their website was very expressive and fun, but at a closer look, I found that Gaslight had something about them that was very special — they truly care about their employees, community, and clients

What are you looking for in a job/company? 

Honesty, passion/compassion, and high quality of work.

How did you get your first development job? 

Not necessarily interesting, but I discovered Gaslight in the job list for co-op positions. Once I completed my first round of interviewing, I was invited to the Cincinnati Web Tech Drink Up that Gaslight sponsored, which I hoped that was my “in”!

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