Have you ever considered being a software developer, or looking for a career change? This article will give you a solid plan to get you started in software development and get your first job!
Why Software Development?
If you are considering becoming a developer and are not sure if it is a good idea, here are a few things to consider:
The job is flexible— all you need is a computer, since much of the job is reading and writing code. That means it can be done at any time, from anywhere. Mobile developers are constantly working from home or while traveling the globe.
There’s a big market for developers — At the time of writing, there were 37,739 work advertisement in the UK for ‘developer’ and 145,640 in the US.
Those figures would only increase like the U.S. Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of
Labor Statistics predicts a 17 per cent rise.
The job can be very diverse and fascinating— As a developer you can job from
e-commerce websites to computer games, from mobile devices to artificial intelligence, on a vast array of projects. Nearly all the skills are transferable between both of these fields, meaning you’re not locked into a single job.
Good pay— It’s no secret that software developers make good money these days. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for a software developer in the United States is close to $100,000. But how common is it for developers (that is, people actually writing code for a living) to make twice that much annually? read more
Constant Learning— Software development jobs are very competitive, Learning is essential in this field. If you don’t learn you better have a long-term exit strategy out of this industry as you are going to be obsolete. However, it’s more challenging and rewarding if you push yourself to explore various paradigms and platforms. You’ll also find yourself relevant in the job market. That’ll give you knowledge and as a bonus, some more peace of mind.
How to become a Developer?
Being a developer needs many skills, and the development of a skill has two major factors: successful practice and the help of senior developers. To help you become the best developer you can be you need to optimize all of these. There are three good ways to ensure you continue your developer career on a fast track:
Coding Bootcamps These are perfect as they are built to take you to work ready in 3 months with little to no coding experience. This means plenty of successful practice, and
plenty of support from the bootcamp running developers.
The problems you may have with bootcamps are that they are usually 3 months full-time training, and they can cost from £ 3,000 ($4,000) to £ 15,000 ($20,000). That’s a lot of money to spend, particularly as for those 3 months you’re not earning.
Get a Mentor
This is the ideal situation: you start coding, and as your mentor and teacher you have a developer act. They may be a friend, a family member, or simply a developer who wants to help you out.
You won’t get as much support as a bootcamp but it’s very helpful to have someone turn to when you reach a roadblock. Getting someone checking you in and making sure you’re putting
your time in, will also help keep you on track.
This sounds amazing but it can be hard to get a mentor. Not everybody knows someone who works as a developer, and the mentor does a lot of extra work. They can say no to being your mentor if you know a developer and you need to respect that.
Get a Job as a Developer
This can sound like a scam, but before you can get a job, you need to be able to code.
Earlier, though, I can explain how to get to this level without a coach or bootcamp.
You’ll instantly have a big benefit when you get your first job — you’ll get paid for coding when collaborating with senior developers.
Operating as a developer would also introduce you to the technology side which you won’t see when studying: the business side. It is a huge part of growth, because there is no point in creating a product no one wants, and communicating with customers is a skill that requires time to master.
Finding a Job
You need to have a target that you’ll be meeting to build a better strategy. Our goal is to get the work of a developer as quickly as possible. The sooner you have your first job, the better you get the opportunity to practice coding on a regular basis, get the help of senior developers and the incentive to get paid.
There are several ways to get into technology, from data science to AI to game production, but web technology is the field which is the simplest to get into. If you have your heart set on something else, note that beginning with the creation of the web does not mean that you are locked in it.
You will learn a huge amount that you can use to move over to your chosen sector.
When I searched for Junior Web Developer the first job listing I saw was for a Junior Front End Web Developer. The requirements are:
Ability to create responsive websites
A portfolio demonstrating your experience and skills
Understanding of version control
Other bonusskills might be:
Creating the Plan
Now that we know what we need to do to fulfill the requirements, we can build a strategy to do what we need to do to meet those requirements. You will try to follow this plan step by step, because if you know the earlier ones, it will be easier to learn the later pieces.
HTML and CSS
Today these are the building blocks for most websites. If you want a chance to get a job you need to have a good understanding of these. Luckily, there are hundreds of free and paid tools out
there that can help you learn those skills and master them.
We will start with the Responsive Web Design Certification, as well as the Basic HTML and HTML5 and Basic CSS.
Building Your Portfolio
You ought to have a portfolio to give to prospective employers and give off what you can do.
It may be a summary of the popup when a user hovers over one of your projects, an picture slideshow, or even a mini-game.
If you’ve done everything in the plan so far, then you can fulfill a lot of the junior web developer employment requirements. It’s now time to apply for some work.
To apply for most positions you need a resume or curriculum vitae. And we could make a
CV for the web developer. This would demonstrate your strengths without adding unnecessary focus to the amount of time you have coded or the fact that you have no business experience.
The CV I used to get my job is here.
What jobs to apply for is very important. It may sound unreasonable but you can apply for jobs
where 80% (or more) of the criteria can be met. You should also point out that you would probably pick up the other criteria faster than most other people as a self taught developer.
This does not of course mean you can apply for any job where you fulfill the requirements. Just apply to jobs you think are interesting and if you got the offer you should take them.
Recruiters can be a valuable tool to get your first job. They know what the company wants, they also have positions that aren’t on boards of work and they want you to get the job … that’s how they get paid.
So ensure the curriculum vitae gets into the hands of as many recruiters as possible, we need to apply for work on a number of platforms. Start with the major sites like Indeed and Complete
Employment but also aim to find the smaller work sites.
Within the first week of applying for work, you probably won’t be getting an interview and job bid. During the first month you may not be having an interview, but that gives you time to change.
Now that we have met the basic requirements, we may begin adding to our tool kit more nice to have. Now is the time to attach a new device to your chest of instruments. Adding more expertise to your belt would increase the probability of employers hiring you and the chances of getting an interview increased. Here are some skills you need to learn:
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