Hello fellow software engineers. This is my first professional career, I'm about 1 and a half years in and I kind of feel like I'm not learning as much anymore. Just doing tickets. Some stuff I know how to do and some I need support on. How do I keep progressing when things have gotten a bit meh?

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Reading Engineering blogs, ask for more challenging work, social engineering (talking/discussing different approaches/challenging others of why and how)

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+1 to others' suggestions to seek more challenging work.

If you can't get away from just doing tickets, look around for other opportunities. It's tough to grow when all you're doing is a constant stream of small tasks.

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Very high level answer: Assess your workplace.

What kind of initiatives are available?

Do you like the technology stack?
If so, do you see growth opportunities there?
If not, how flexible would the team be to adopting newer technology?

How are your abilities relative to your peers' and superiors' abilities?

If after asking questions like these, you don't have a great landscape of your workplace, it might be time to consider leaving. People can choose their jobs according to their preference curves, and if you value interesting things to learn, this should be among the key things to evaluate every half a year or so at your workplace.

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I guess it really depends on what's going on in the company? Do they offer external trainings like LinkedIn learning? Will they maybe pay for a master's? Can you have a mentor in the company that will help you learn more skills? Can you extend your position to do more like look into DevOps or security processes? Have a side project too, take what you're learning and make a side project in a new language and focus on the engineering process. Stuff like this will help boost you early on

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Find something you wish worked better and fix it. I did these little side projects constantly, and eventually had good enough product to roll it out to the team. Could depend on what you enjoy doing, but automation is my bag, baby.

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Pick a certification in an area you like and follow its preparation path. This will expose you to new things quickly. You can continue and practice later if you like.

You say you're doing work you need support on, which means you don't know how to do it. Shouldn't that be the learning part?

I agree but the things I need support on are typically unrelated in nature and small enough that when I get supported I learn it pretty quickly

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