With high earning potential and endless career opportunities, it is no surprise to see more and more people starting to consider software development as an option – but is it the right step for you? Here are a few things to consider when making your decision.
Are you a problem solver?
Rather than simply writing code, problem solving is probably the most important aspect of a career in software development. There are a lot more existing systems than new ones being created which means most of your time is likely to be spent on maintenance – removing bugs and improving features, for example.
In many ways a software developer is a problem solver first, and a coder second. So if confronting issues head on and finding solutions is not something that excites or comes naturally to you, software development may not be for you.
This is not to say that problem solving skills cannot be taught or develop over time. However anyone hoping to get into programming should be aware they are almost the foundation of any role in the industry.
Do you like to learn?
Some careers do not have much scope for professional advancement. They allow you to reach a certain level and cruise. Software development however, is not one of them. Programmers are on a constant learning curve.
New technologies and frameworks emerge on a regular basis while existing ones continue to adapt and improve. This means you need to be able and motivated to pick up new skills as quickly as possible in order to survive in what is a complex and ever-changing field.
Are you analytical AND creative?
If you ask people to name creative jobs, software development is unlikely to be high on their list. However by helping to bring abstract ideas to life, developers display creativity on a daily basis.
Installing functionality that didn’t exist before or building a new mobile app, for example, all requires creativity. Individuals who can combine the analytical and the creative to provide innovative solutions will always be highly valued by employers.
Do you like to work as part of a team?
You may be surprised to learn that coding is very much a collaborative activity. Gone are the days when working in IT means working on your own, hidden away from the rest of the company.
Of course there will be times when you need to use your own initiative, but anyone considering a career in programming can expect to work alongside designers, managers and fellow developers on a project.
Effective communication skills and the ability to work well as part of team are therefore likely to be critical to your success as a software developer.
Kick-start a career in software development today
There’s no doubt about it – software development is a challenging career to pursue. It can also be extremely rewarding, but only if you are prepared to put the hard work in.
If that sounds like you, we have designed a Junior Developer Job Programme to provide you with all the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a career in software development.
You will receive project-based certification training from Microsoft and learn essential industry skills surrounding collaborative software and ticketing systems. Our in-house recruitment team will also help you build a winning CV and prepare you for interviews before presenting you to our large pool of employers, confident of securing you your first role.
If you are interested, please call us on 020 8672 4151. One of our team of career advisors will be able to answer your questions and explain our Junior Developer Job Programme in more detail.