Since the age of smartphones, technology is making a big space in the world. Users want technology to handle their everyday tasks. And brands are looking for a way to insert technology in their product so that they can make tech-savvy products for users. With the increasing demand of technology everywhere, demand for developers is also increasing.
As per the United States Department of Labor, employment for software developers is likely to grow by 21% until 2028.
If you too want to contribute to the tech world and want some advice on where to start, you have come to the right place.
Through this guide, you will learn about where to start your development program. Plus, how to grow your passion and contribution to technology.
Let’s start developing your skill first:
So, your first step is to choose your preferred programming language.
1. Select Your Language
The garden is full of different flowers. Each flower looks beautiful than the other. But the rule is you are allowed to take only one at home. What one would you choose?
You will pass through a similar dilemma while choosing your programming language. Each language has its perk. And if you don’t have the slightest idea of which language to go for, then you are likely to get lost in a dense language forest. The only way to prevent it is to have a map that guides you throughout the forest and helps you find the way.
That map is learning the surface of as many languages as you can.
Here are the eight most popular programming languages of 2019 to start your journey:
I am not saying to dive deep and start your practical training. Just learn the surface of all languages to have a peek in what they hold. Once you are aware of what each language can do and what one can make with them, you will get a clear idea on which one picks your interest the most. Then only you get a clear way ahead.
Initially, you may get bored because of only learning. But hey, who doesn’t need a Google map to find its way.
2. Be Ruthless with Your Practice
Once you know your desired language, you are ready to learn it at a deeper level and practice on your computer. Tons of learning sources are available online to test each line of coding. Think W3School.com. YouTube tutorials and programming forums are lingering on the web with a warm welcome for aspiring developers.
I would suggest not to sit down and roam around the web with your language in mind. Instead, learn and apply each tip you get your hands on. Be utterly ruthless with your practice. Apply as many ideas as you can because this is where you are allowed to make mistakes and learn. Try your ways, try others’ methods, go far enough to learn your language from inside out, and upside down.
You will thank your practice when you give a test for your interview (more on that later).
3. Focus on Logic
New developers often make a mistake when they think that once they find a solution to the particular problem, they become experts.
Don’t fall for the overconfidence trap.
Programming language means hoards of coding. Each coding line comes with its trials and errors. Also, daily new requirements arrive with a new set of challenges. At that time, your past way of handling mistakes won’t work. There you will need your logic to spread the magic.
Instead of clinging to a few wins, focus on sharpening your logic. Everything else will fall into its place if your logic is always with you to handle old or new problems. It’s possible only by practicing the same language in different situations.
If I am not wrong, you already know how to apply for the job. Online job portals and telling your friends to inform you if they come across any development job relevant to your programming language. Here I would advise not to leave any opportunity to apply for the job as even you don’t know which company is suitable for you.
However, applying for a job is more manageable. You need a resume and contacts. The tough part is passing through an interview. This is where you need a little bit of training even if you are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to practicing your programming language.
Get ready for the below-given skills:
1. Prepare for Aptitude Test
An aptitude test is a way to test the candidate’s ability to perform particular tasks and react to various situations. When it comes to development, companies test a developer’s ability to measure the data and logic behind each development task.
Knowing only about the programming language won’t get you to pass through the interview. The interviewer will give you several problems to solve on the spot. This is where your practice will help you get through the test.
Look at this example of Aptitude test for software developers that I found from CareerRide:
There are many sites available online that offer you free practice questions and tips to train you for the aptitude tests.
Take one aptitude daily to sharpen your skill.
2. Be Adaptable
When it comes to technology, nothing is permanent. Each day new development trick arrives to contribute to the tech market. Some of them achieve success while some fail only later to return with a better version. Being a developer, you must be adaptable to changes. Keep yourself updated with what was old, what’s trendy, and what’s upcoming. The interviewer may ask you these questions to check your adaptable ability.
3. Improve Your Communication Skills
Aptitude test, done.
Updates check, done.
But how will make the interviewer believe that you are passionate about your development career and for the job as well? You need some communication skills to reveal your passion and your ability to stay longer for a particular company.
Follow these tips to improve your communication skills:
- Talk about the recent development program you made during your practice period.
- Tell them why you want to take a particular language and how you see the future in it
- Don’t tell them that you want to build your own business
- Tell them the story behind what attracted you towards the language in the first place
That’s it. You are good to go.
Final Piece of Advice
Keep going whether you get the job or not. Don’t stop at any point because of little disappointments or out of overconfidence. Keep your practice on at home and keep developing new programs each day to hone your skills. If you are successful in developing demanding applications, you can start your freelancing career. All the best.