Codeasy Listed 5 Major Qualities for Entry Level Software Developer to Get a Job
Software developer career is not just a hype in the recent years: more and more people without any digital skills lose their jobs and get shortened salaries. So, no matter how old you are, whether you are a 16-y.o. college student or a specialist over 30, it is never too late to learn new skills to shift your job for better.
Many youngsters, as well as elderly people, are familiar with the feeling of fear of the new things, the same comes at the very first steps when you decide to learn programming wanting to shift a job. Here you have the anxiety that you will not be able to master new skills at the necessary level to get a job. But, having such fear you’ll never start and definitely never succeed in any activity. Try to step back of such feelings, believe in yourself!
If you still hesitate, here we’ve collected basic qualities which one should possess in order to succeed in mastering a new profession and become a good software developer. If you do have them, go ahead and start learning, if not, it is never too late to develop those qualities. We believe there are no hopeless students, there are only bad approaches to teaching them.
To get the industry expert opinion, we’ve asked the Codeasy team – the tutorial to learn C# online, to share their experience of providing on-the-spot support and help to beginner coders, who are studying at their tutorial. Guys at Codeasy point out the fact that their interactive online tutorial for beginners, which uses storytelling approach to explain the theory of C# programming in a fun way, is rather an easy way to start learn programming. Nevertheless, it has a nearly 200 practical tasks and you would need to do a real coding to solve them. Tasks require attention, concentration, are often rather hard to solve, for those who were not very attentive and persistent enough in learning the theory.
Five characteristics-that play the main role in becoming software developer
The work of a programmer is all about solving problems. A good developer is distinguished by the ability to solve problems and not be afraid of difficulties. The work itself is a constant creation of something new, there are no predefined answers. Therefore, this is not a place for those who quickly give up.
«Each week we could see that users who give up. This is the main enemy of beginner software developers,» – says Dmytro from Codeasy.
The second quality is, of course, hard-working. To really learn the basics of computer science, you need a lot of time. You have to spend hundreds of hours programming and solving puzzling tasks. It will take quite a bit of patience and a great sense of purpose to achieve real success on this path.
It’s worth paying attention to the very nature of the work. This is a thoughtful work, that requires long-term concentration and diligence. By the nature of the work you can imagine a “portrait” of the average developer – it’s basically people focused on the process, details, with an algorithmic approach, and analytical mindset.
You should love the things you learn to such extent that each aspect of new knowledge, each task, problem, an issue you need to solve, should cause you to feel curiosity and interest of solving it, sometimes in an unusual way. It is like reading a book – turning one page should provoke you to complete it and turn the next one, and so on till the very end.
It is believed, that a good developer should have an analytical mind, as even the most complex programming tasks have a logical solution. We believe, the programmer should enjoy the solving of such problems, and be curious about arranging them simply and beautifully.
Being a beginner coder, you should not code alone in the basement of an abandoned old garage , on the contrary, you should communicate with the like-minded beginners, share your experience of learning and solving tasks – be a part of a huge IT community. Besides, a good practice is asking for help from more experienced fellows. You should learn how to ask the questions to get the proper answers.
At the same time, don’t forget that modern software development process is in many aspects a team work, so to succeed in it you should develop certain social skills, so-called soft skills: the ability to speak easily to colleagues and partners, work synchronously, easily read other’s code and work with it, negotiate, effectively represent your ideas, speak well to a large audience.
Last but not least quality is creativity: to find a solution for any problem. Sometimes it is some extraordinary solution, sometimes an ability to search necessary information, analyze it and make up a way out, sometimes it is a simple request for help, asking a professional right question to get the needed solution.
Codeasy’s statistic shows that users who were overdoing tasks, trying different approaches even after they have solved the task, got a much smaller number of attempts to solve next tasks. Don’t lock your inventiveness, let it drive!
As you can see, among these qualities there are no Math knowledge, or technical mindset, as programming has got the completely different shape as it was in the early 90-th. Today everyone can become software developer, as programming could be a hardcore task solving, as well as crafting a website, mobile app, or a character animation in a movie. The main task is to find the one suitable for you, and the sooner you start learning the faster you’ll succeed in it.
It is necessary to understand that these qualities are desirable, but not necessary. According to Larry Wall, the original author of the Perl programming language, there are three great virtues of a programmer: Laziness, Impatience, and Hubris. This can be simply explained: a lazy person is likely to find the most effective way to solve the problem; an impatient one will write programs that don’t just react to her/his needs, but actually anticipate them or at least pretend to; a proud-hearted person writes (and maintains) programs that other people won’t want to say bad things about.
If you’ve found at least some of them in yourself, you are likely to be a great programmer!