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Choosing a Career in Software Development

Choosing a career in software development can be very rewarding, both financially and creatively.  Software developers are in high demand and that trend is bound to continue as the world becomes even more connected.  If you aren’t sure how to kick start your career then let me show you how you can become a software developer. 

Be Interested in Computers

Today everybody uses computers and smartphone and a host of other programs.  While you may use these programs regularly you need more of an interest then that, you need a natural desire to see how these programs work.  Do you want to know how programs work and how you can make them better?

Get an Education

There are many who are naturally gifted when it comes to computers and you can teach yourself a great deal but it won’t qualify you to work to work anywhere.  You are going to need some type of certification or formal education.  Depending on where you live there are different course options open to you, be it university, community college or a technology school.

Try an Internship

There are plenty of software development companies offer some type of internship.  This is where you get hands on experience and potentially get your foot in the door where there may be a job when you graduate.  Internships are often done through the school or you can look for companies near you that offer them.  Bear in mind that internships often don’t pay salaries or very small ones they are considered part of your education.  Here is how to land a great internship.

Job Hunting

Once you have finished your education then it is time to job hunt, you need to start by polishing off your resume.  Make sure that you include any and all relevant experience that you have in the field.  Do you have references from your internship, and then include those too.  Your resume is going to be the first thing a potential employer sees so make sure that it is well written and you have the following included.

  • Contact details so employers can reach you, include both phone numbers and email address
  • What area have you specialized in, what qualifications do you have and make sure you put some links in to an online portfolio
  • Former work experience

Check not only online sites like Monster but with individual companies as well, many will list job listing on their websites.  Don’t forget to check with the contacts that you already have to see who is hiring.  When it comes to IT jobs networking can be a great place to make contacts with potential employers as well.