I've heard you're supposed to grow the most in the first few years out of college. I joined AWS as a new grad and I was so excited at the opportunity to work there since I specialized in distributed systems.
But over the past 6 months, I haven't written as much code as I had hoped for and am mostly doing various ops related tasks and some bug fixes. I'm sorry in advance if I sound like a typical entitled new grad who complains, but I don't feel like I 'own' any part of my product yet. I feel like I've decently ramped up and can take on some bigger challenges (with some senior engineer support/guidance), but is this normal? Most developers typically write code, but I seem to be writing a lot of scripts and various small bug fixes in areas of my code base that isn't touched much.
I really REALLY like my team and manager since they're very very friendly and easily approachable. I guess I'm just looking for how other people's experience is in their day to day job (or at least how it was when you started off as a new grad). I've definitely learned a lot in the past 6 months, but I feel like >95% of it is either specific to Amazon or specific to my team.
Let your manager know you’re looking for more impactful and challenging work. When you see spontaneous opportunities to make impact that seniors aren’t filling cause they’re too busy, do it. Your trajectory can be defined mostly by your initiative, big company or startup.