I’m nervous about joining since my past internships were very relaxed and I didn’t actually do much coding. The probation period makes me think that it may be more “sink or swim” when I join. How can I ensure I get enough support and survive the probation period?
In the US, probation periods are less common since all employment is at-will, meaning the company can let you go at any point. My understanding is that it’s harder to fire people in Europe, so that’s why they put you on “probation”, and perhaps even withholding some benefits until the end of it. Have a discussion with the recruiter before you join to directly ask what kind of support/structure is offered in the probation period.
My tactical advice is to focus on trajectory and feedback.