The Hidden Power of Junior Engineers in a Software Engineering Team

Jonathan Fielding
4 min readJul 22, 2023
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In software engineering, it’s common to believe that the key to success is to stack your team with seasoned veterans. There has been multiple time where I have joined a business to find that the teams were incredibly unbalanced with a lot of more senior engineers and little to no junior engineers.

After all, the saying goes that experience is invaluable and can drive a project to new heights. However, this perspective risks underestimating the potential value of junior engineers. A balanced team, featuring a mix of both junior and senior engineers, can create a dynamic environment that fosters growth, innovation, and long-term success.

In this post I want to bring to the forefront the hidden power junior software engineers can bring to your team and highlight some of the benefits of building balanced teams.

Fresh Perspectives and Innovation

The first benefit that junior engineers can bring to your team is that they can bring a fresh perspective to a project.

For example, if you have hired junior engineers straight out of college or university they often enter the field with recent education, having been exposed to the latest theories, technologies, and best practices. This makes them a valuable source of…



Jonathan Fielding

Staff Engineer working for @Spendesk, speaker about web things, writing about tech, contributor to open source. If you like what I write make sure to follow.