We hear the word, ‘Software’, day in and day out. So much so that this word has become an integral part of our life. We have also come across the words automation, system driven etc. But what is that single point factor that has influenced these words, to be spoken about, so widely amongst people. The answer is a digital revolution and subsequently, job opportunities. It has been proven beyond doubt that since the inception of software, almost four decades ago, none of the other industries have been able to create such a revolution and influenced the growth of the economy, as has Information Technology. As such, the percentage of employment opportunities being generated keeps getting higher and higher and the demand for talented developers is becoming more and more. But for many developers, like has been for millions of employees, all over the world and in various sectors of employment, there is always a first time at work. In this article, we throw more light on entry-level software developers and their ways to success.
Those early days
Many corporates and technology giants are often afraid and skeptical to hire entry level developers because they are relatively expensive to hire. Moreover, it can take months of training and analysis, before justifying their talent and subsequently, their hiring. The other crucial factor is their lack of experience which makes it even more difficult, to evaluate their abilities, before taking them on board.
If you don’t know the thing to do is not get scared but to learn
Entry level developers are not bereft of challenges. Some of the positions of uncertainty, which an entry level developer is likely to find himself, are,
- When he does not know enough of the subject which he has to begin working on
- Not knowing where to get answers from
- Being afraid to ask for help, if required
At the same time, from an organization’s perspective, bringing aboard, these entries level developers, can make for a good long-term investment for the company.
What an Entry Level developer should have in him to find growth?
In order to be on the safe side and ensure that every entry-level developer can learn and grow with the company, there are certain important things which can help his sustained growth in the organization, by alleviating possible problems.
Every developer, in general, should have a good attitude, but it is even more important for entry-level developers as they have a lot to learn. Having a wrong attitude can set them on the back foot, straight away.
It is of paramount importance that an entry-level developer has a complete command over the basics of computers. This will help them to even analyze problems and fix them, in addition to their primary responsibility which will be coding and programming. Hence, the more computing experience an entry-level developer can bring to the table, the better.
Work ethic goes a long way, in transforming an entry-level developer, into a full-fledged programmer. It is well understood that an entry-level developer may take more time than an experienced developer, to deliver the output, but at the same time, he should possess the determination, to take the task on hand, to its logical conclusion, irrespective of the many challenges, he may encounter, on the way.
Willingness to learn quickly
Time management is an important aspect for an entry level developer to achieve success at various stages. There is often a tendency for friction between entry-level developers and experienced developers, due to the time is taken by entry-level developers to reach a level of perfection. Hence, every entry-level developer should learn and learn quickly. The longer an entry-level programmer takes to learn the job, the longer it takes for the company to start seeing its investment pay off.
Strong Educational background
A strong educational background is what matters, to unearth the right talent. Identifying the right man for the right place involves a deeper look in into not just the academic skills, but also the logical and problem-solving skills and this is where a strong educational background, can help an entry-level developer.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world — Nelson Mandela —
Previous job experience
It’s not all about being exposed to the technology field alone which can help an entry-level developer, with an opportunity to showcase his talent. Even if he/she is new to software development, it does not mean that they are new to the workforce. Previous job history can disclose a lot about, who they are and where their true potential is. There are a lot of other jobs that polish the raw skills of a good developer, and give him/her the all-important confidence boost while writing their first code.
Lack of preconceived notions
This is a true fact that sadly, many entry-level developers, try to replicate whatever their mentor says without really understanding the reason or context. Good entry level programmers will respect the opinions of their teachers and mentors but be willing to hear new ideas and approaches to problems.
Passion for programming
There are two types of developers, we can visualize, even at the early stages of their career; One who get into development to make quick money and the other, who chose development, because they were keen on it. Finding the right people with a real desire to be in the industry is critical because when the chips are down, things like “work ethic” and “good attitude” depend on how keen he/she is to grow in the industry.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you
The more proactive, an entry level developer can be, the better it is for him to quickly scale up the ladder. A good entry level developer is willing to ask questions because it is better to spend a few minutes having a discussion than to lose two days trying to track an answer down.
Develop an understanding of the company’s coding standards
It’s likely that any organization team has certain conventions/rules that they adhere to. It Would be a wise decision for every entry level developer to check some projects that they have built before and ask if this is the standard breakdown of markup and CSS, and whether the organization file structure is correct, etc.
Good Communication skills, both written and oral are of paramount importance, in keeping those important steps ahead, as an Entry Level Developer. Make sure that your skills are up to date. As long as you are ready to learn and work hard, produce high-quality code as per the company policies, communicates promptly and ensure that it isn’t too much back and forth, things should run smoothly as you go.
This Article originally published in Live Jurnal