- I am at my second year in University. Where I live the Bachelours degree is 4 years, so I haven't gotten to the middle yet.
- I started my first real job as a developer a couple of months ago.
People say that by working and studying at the same time I am getting the best of both worlds. I compleatly disagree with this. The best of both worlds is as it follows: (You may wat to skip the next few lines, since It's details)
- University - understanding fully the material to it's smallest detail and being able to consult with your professors about what you find interesting and get guidance to achieve an uncommonly(among graduates or professionals with little to mid experience) high level in some of the subjects.
- Work - being able to dedicate your full attention to your current project. To not only work on it by doing your best in terms of development, but to also do a lot of research on the things you are doing so you can offer alternatives or understand where exactly the weaknesses and strong points of the technologies you are working with are given your current task and to be able to make the best choices.
This is the best of both worlds, what I get is "A reasonable amount of both worlds". Basically I have enough time to understand most of the details on what we are studying and I am also getting advice for books and so on. I am not getting the guidance which I normally get, since I am not researching it at the moment. They are piling in my to-do list.
And now we finally get to the problem. Time. I don't really have much time to do any research on work. I usually study for university after work (university + work == 45-50 hours weekly, I often work on Saturday) and I can hardly put any research time for work related stuff at work. This shows in the decisions I make, like silly mistakes or just some things take me more time to do than I declare I will need (we have to give estimates) due to issues from lack of enough knowedge/experiance in the subject.
Any ideas how I can improve the situation ? The only thing I can think of is that I need to get my priorities straight and one of the two things will have to suffer in terms of dedicated time.