Why Working at a Digital Agency is Great for Junior Developers

Discover the advantages of working for a digital agency like BizStream and how it can help you gain valuable experience, develop professionally, and achieve your career goals.

As a self-taught developer who transitioned from a career in healthcare, I know firsthand how challenging it is to be new to the tech industry. However, working for a digital agency like BizStream has provided me with numerous advantages and opportunities to grow as a developer. Since starting as an intern in October 2022, I have progressed to a junior developer and learned so much from working alongside a diverse team of experts. In this blog post, I’ll explore some of the many benefits of working for a digital agency such as BizStream and how it can help new developers like myself gain valuable experience, develop professionally, and achieve their career goals.

1. Coordinated Approach to Online Strategy

One major advantage of working for a digital agency like BizStream is the opportunity to work with a diverse team of experts with a wide range of skill sets. This allows new developers to expand their knowledge and experience in different areas of digital development, including branding, web design, web development, digital strategy, consulting, CMS platform selection, and more. No two projects are the same, and it is incredibly convenient for new developers to have access to a variety of experts within the agency to ask questions and get quick, detailed answers. Having immediate access decreases the amount of time spent muddling through projects and ensures that the work being produced is of high quality. It also helps to streamline communication with clients, as there is no need to send a chain of emails back and forth between the agency and an outside team. As a result, the agency can respond to clients quickly and efficiently, delivering projects on time and within budget.

Furthermore, working with an agency allows new developers to experience a coordinated approach to online strategy. At BizStream, for example, the entire team assigned to each project is privy to the consulting, design, and spin-up processes. By doing this, expectations are shared early on, and there is minimal room for deviation. This approach ensures that everyone involved in the project is working towards the same goals and is aware of the different pieces that make up the whole. It also helps new developers gain a deeper understanding of the impact of their work and the importance of collaboration across different teams.

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2. Pushing Boundaries and Gaining Hands-On Experience

In addition to the above, digital agency can provide new developers with the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for different clients. As a result, junior developers are able to build a diverse portfolio and develop their skills in different areas. Working on various projects also allows new developers to learn from experienced developers who can provide mentorship and guidance. This can help new developers improve their skills and develop professionally. Since joining the team at BizStream, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a range of diverse projects, including developing a website for a non-profit hospital system, updating an ecommerce site, building a water sample data reporting site, and will soon be working on an agricultural product and education site. As a junior developer, I am overjoyed by my expanding portfolio and know it is something that I would have struggled to achieve on my own and on this scale.

Another benefit of working for an agency is the opportunity to work on cutting-edge technologies and stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends. At BizStream, for example, new developers are constantly learning and experimenting with new technologies, such as headless CMS, serverless architecture, and AI/machine learning. With that being the case, we are able to stay ahead of the curve and develop skills that are in high demand in the industry.

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3. Career Growth and Sense of Community

Working for digital agency can also provide new developers with opportunities for career growth and advancement. For example, at BizStream, new developers can take on increasing levels of responsibility as they gain experience and prove themselves capable. They can also move into different areas of the agency, such as project management or business development, if they have an interest in those areas.

Finally, working for an agency can give new developers a sense of community and belonging. At BizStream, there is a strong emphasis on teamwork and collaboration, with regular team-building events and opportunities for socializing outside of work. This helps new developers feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves and can help them build lasting relationships with their colleagues.

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Final Thoughts

Working for a digital agency like BizStream can provide new developers with a wide range of benefits, including exposure to a diverse team of experts, a coordinated approach to online strategy, the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, mentorship, guidance from experienced developers, the chance to work with cutting-edge technologies, opportunities for career growth, and a sense of community and belonging. These benefits can help new developers gain valuable experience, develop professionally, and achieve their career goals while enjoying their job.

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About the Author

Courtney Klawieter

Courtney is a web developer and chiropractor passionate about wellness and technology. She grew up in Rockford, Michigan, and attended Aquinas College for her undergraduate degree. After graduation, Courtney earned her doctorate from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Courtney transitioned from health care to website development because she felt an innate drive to challenge herself to learn new skills and wanted to help people regardless of location. In her free time, she enjoys rugby, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her dog.

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