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Is it normal to feel exhausted after a work day, or am I approaching it wrong?

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Entry-Level Software Engineer at Hedge Funda year ago

Often I feel mentally and physically exhausted heading home from work. I started at the company 2 months ago and in total, I have just under a year’s experience working in industry. Maybe it’s because things are quite new, or is this a sign that I’m needlessly struggling?

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I try to laser in on what I’m meant to be doing, so I can get code running and testing asap but reading code takes up more time than I’d like, as I try and figure out what the service is actually doing, not only in terms of code but in the context it’s meant to be used in- It’s a systematic hedge fund and finance is new to me.

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    Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero, PayPal
    a year ago

    ... but reading code takes up more time than I’d like, as I try and figure out what the service is actually doing, not only in terms of code but in the context it’s meant to be used in- It’s a systematic hedge fund and finance is new to me.

    To me, this screams you should ask your teammates more questions. 2 months is still fairly new. It's not reasonable expect the newbie (who's an earlier-in-career engineer as well) to just quickly absorb an entire space they're not familiar with. Check out our video on how onboarding gives you special powers for more on this topic.

    Often I feel mentally and physically exhausted heading home from work.

    From that last part, it seems like you're going into the office: It's really important to make the most of that, especially if you're new or a more junior engineer (and you're both!). Here's some resources on how to do that.