Do you have a passion for computers and technology? Are you a natural problem solver? Then why not think about starting a career as a Software Developer?
The world of technology has never been so exciting and integrated into our lives
, you probably aren’t even aware of how much you use software programs on a day-to-day basis. With our everyday essentials now consisting of our mobiles, tablets, Fitbits and Apple watches, we are more advanced with the use of computers than ever before. Some might say, this technology is even making us lazier.
The demand for wearable and wireless technology is growing every year, and there has never been a better time to consider a career in this exciting field.
Hmmm, sounds good, but what exactly does a Software Developer do?
Great question! As a Software Developer, also known as a computer programmer, you are the brains behind the computer programs you know and love.
They design, build and test computer programmes for business, education or leisure activities (so those of you that love gaming, this could be the career for you!)
Some Software Developers create the applications that allow people to do certain things on a computer or another device, such as a tablet or mobile, while others develop the underlying systems that actually run the devices themselves – yep, this means you could be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates!
Ok, I’m interested! What will I need to know as a Software Developer?
As you’ve probably already guessed, Software Developers are really, really smart! They live all things tech, but most importantly, they have a genuine passion for working with computers. This may sound silly at first but it’s one thing to get a qualification in this field and quite another to do it day-in-day-out full time, so a love of computers, apps and software design is a must!
You’ll also need to scrub up on those maths skills, as Software Developers sometimes need to create the mathematical algorithms that allow the software to function. So, if you’ve got a bit of an issue with numbers, it might be a good idea to start advancing your maths skills so you can hit the ground running in your new career!
on the latest computer programs, software, apps or games (depending on where you want your career to go) is also crucial to this role. Your employer or client will want (and expect you) to have knowledge on the most recent trends and come up with fresh and exciting ideas to make their product or program fresh and exciting to the users.
Before you get started as a Software Developer, you’ll need to decide what area you want to work in as the certifications or qualifications you’ll need can differ greatly.
Software Developers use a special computer language or code to create and enhance the programs they are working on. When you’re starting out it’s important to invest your time and learn the correct language that will not only benefit you straight away but will set you up for future success too!
Our top tip is to start by researching and learning to use:
- apps written in Java can run on most operating systems. It’s one of the most used computer codes in the programming world, and learning it is a must.
HTML and CSS
- These two coding languages are two pillars of web development. Used to create web pages that you will use everyday. The HTML code provides the structure of the web page, while CSS provides them the style which will make it look better.
- C sharp is Microsoft’s programming language and is a lot like Java; it’s a fun language and easy to learn for beginners but as it’s exclusive to Microsoft you’ll need to get studying if you plan to work on these programmes.
- Python is known as a general-purpose coding language. This basically means that unlike other languages, Python can be used for more than web development, but also other programming and software development like back end development, data science and writing system scripts among other things.
What additional skills will I need to be a successful Software Developer?
The day in the life of a Software Developer can vary greatly depending on what you are working on, however it’s best to set yourself up for success by being organised.
Working with computer codes can be fiddly work and a drawn out process, so being organised and patient will help you in your day-to-day work life! It will also certainly keep you on your toes and you’ll need passion to keep learning and constantly expanding your skills and knowledge in this field.
The key to success in computer programming is the ability to analyse problems and solve them quickly to keep your schedule on track – plus it’s the best way to develop your experience. Why not do a little research online and start making a website or app to begin practising those development skills?
If you are looking to become a certified Software Developer, our e-learning course
will be the perfect match!
There are three modules that cover a variety of topics:
1. Software Fundamentals
2. CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist
3. Python Fundamentals
With an additional three modules if you choose our professional course:
1. Oracle OCA Java SE 8 Programmer
2. OCP Java SE 8 Programmer II
3. Beginning C# 7 Programming
To find out more about these topics, visit our Software Developer course page.
Once you have completed this course, you’ll be ready to begin your career as a junior software developer! Interested? Speak to one of our advisers today.
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