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I'd like to state first that I'm a 19 year old programmer living in Portugal, and have recently started my first REAL programming job.
I say "REAL" because at my previous jobs, I was normally the sole developer just working on creating and updating a sole website and further developing ideas for the company. (I've worked for a nightclub, for example) This did not work out, as said nightclub ran into some finance troubles and I decided to leave for my own good.
Naturally, due to (at least where I live) pre-conceived notions due to my age, I started offering myself to do projects pro-bono for many different companies, hoping it would help me get a job offer after a while. That day came last week, when I was offered a job at a website-based company, after they noticed my work. Naturally I was ecstatic and still am! I had my job interview today and it went very well, with me starting working there next week.
Even if this is all good news, I can't help but feel overwhelmed. This company is the real deal and is filled to the brim with excellent programmers in their late 20's to early 40's, whereas I am the youngest programmer they have ever hired (they made sure to tell me that at the interview) at age 19. I am not doubting my capacities due to my age and know deep inside that I'll do well after the initial gelling phase, seeing as they do not use any languages/technologies that are foreign to me, but I'm not entirely sure if everybody sees it the same way. I got the idea that my age was a big thing to them at the interview and was considered a risk, seeing as most people are 6-7 years older than me, which intimidates me quite a bit.
Does anyone have any advice or similar experiences they'd like to share? I may be overreacting as the interview went well and I seemed to impress, yet I just can't get this particular fear off my mind.