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  • Should I take a front-end internship if I am more interested in back-end?

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  • Maverick

    October 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Okay, the title isn’t perfect so here’s a (really) long story short: I’ve always been passionate about Tech, yet I chose to do a Business Bachelor. I went on with it, and while I mainly liked it, I realized I’m no way near as passionate about business as about Tech. So, I did a Master where I studied Data Science and Business Software Engineering. It wasn’t 50/50, more like 75/25, the 75 for Data Science. The 25 that was about software development, I completely loved. Besides this, I recently finished Harvard’s CS50 (Introduction to Computer Science) and it made me 100% sure I want to go into software development. Obviously, however, I have quite some things left to learn. But, given that I already have a Masters, I also want to start working. And the way I see it, my first go-to option, with my education, would be Business Analyst; however, in almost all cases, based on the job listings I’ve seen, the technical part there is like 10-15%. And, to repeat, I really want to move into Software Development. Disclaimer for this paragraph: I’ll need you to just take my word for it, I don’t see a point in long explanations as to why, as they wouldn’t benefit the post. So, I have found a front-end internship that is paid, and, although I haven’t even applied for it, I am pretty confident that I can get it. Again, just take my word for this. I’ll just say I’m not from the US where it’s normal to send 100s of applications for just one approve. And there’s also obviously a few other factors beneficial for my application for this specific position in this specific company. The company itself is okay (local and small but with mainly international (read: US) clients). Now, here’s my main point: I love the part of programming about thinking how things happen (i.e., the logic), working with data, etc – i.e., the parts that in webdev would be back-end. Similarly as (relevant) languages, I’ve learned Python, Java and JS, and if I had to divide between them 100 points as to how much I enjoyed each, it would be 45 Java / 45 Python / 10 JS. So, while I do think I’ll still enjoy the front-end position, there’s no doubt in my mind that I would like to move to back-end at some point. And my question is this: Do you think that in this situation it would be a good idea to go for this position? As opposed to directly going for a BA job (so not an internship) which would have the benefit of a higher salary and trying to move on from there. I know I’ll have to do a lot of studying by myself either way. But do you think that a front-end internship will prepare me significantly better for back-end work, emphasis on significantly and thus enough to be worth it to take the pay gap. – by hq overview s7oev – –

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