According to ACT – The App Association, there are over 200,000 available software development jobs in the U.S., with an average salary of just over $100,000. If you’ve struggled with finding employment in other industries, now might be the best time to make a change and start a career as a software developer. In order to give yourself the best chance of success, there are many things that you’ll have to do, starting today to get yourself ready, and none of them really involve coding.
To get on the right path towards a successful career in software development, you’ll need to begin with the fundamentals. Before you get into learning software development concepts and programming, you have to take care of yourself fundamentally. When you aren’t giving your bodies the physical resources, such as sleep, healthy diet, exercise, you’re asking for trouble. You need to give yourself the best chance to achieve your goals and that starts with taking care of yourself.
Once you’ve taken care of the basics, it’ll make handling the training, learning and practice that you’ll need to be a developer significantly easier. Without tending to these basics, you are ultimately going to be overwhelmed and consumed by the tremendous amount of work and time it takes to become successful. The job market is very competitive and you need to give yourselves every possible advantage to get where you want to go.
However, this is all just the beginning. The next thing you’ll have to do is make some life changes in order to give yourself the chance to succeed. For instance, instead of spending time watching Netflix, or browsing social media, you could be using that time to learn Front-End development, Back-end development, or adding to our portfolio by developing little projects. If that doesn’t sound like fun, you could read or listen to radio shows or podcasts by people who are already successful.
Another important lifestyle change to make is to surround yourself with people who are actually working towards similar goals as yourself. If you have friends or peers who spend a lot of time complaining about their situation, you might want to start spending less time with them. These friends can be toxic, especially when you’re trying to make a change in your life and get on the path to success. We are all impressionable, and if you’re surrounded by people who continually doubt themselves, then you’re bound to start doing the same. Surround yourself with other motivated and inspirational people and you’re sure to go far!
When the time comes to start learning the software development techniques you’ll need, there are plenty of online resources, free courses, formal training and boot camps that you can leverage to gain the knowledge and experience. There’s a lot of information and it can be easy to get overwhelmed or confused with so many options, so take the time to decide on what you want to specialize in, and then focus on just those technologies. For more pointers on what you can do to prepare for a career in software development, and plan accordingly register for this webinar: Planning for Success – Starting a career in software development