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 move 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! A software developer, also known as a computer programmer, 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!
Keeping up-to-date 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.
- this is the serious programmer's language of choice. This code is the foundation of most computer games and advanced Windows software. It’s a little trickier to learn, so come back to this one once you are a little more advanced.
- 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.
Objective-C / Cocoa
– prefer working with Apple? This code language is the one for you, it’s the basis that most OSX and iOS apps are built upon.
“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 organized.
Working with computer codes can be fiddly work and a drawn out process, so being organized and patient will help you in your day-to-day work life!
Working with computers and creating programs will 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 four modules that cover a variety of topics:
- Microsoft Software Development Fundamentals (MTA)
- CIW: Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist
- Oracle OCA Java SE 8 Programmer Course
- Microsoft MCSA/MCSE Querying Microsoft SQL server 2012
To find out more about these topics, visit our software developer 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.
Yes, I’m ready to start my new career in IT!