How to be a Successful Software Engineer
For a software engineer, Ireland is one of the best places to ‘grow up’ or develop their field of expertise. A budding software engineer still must be at the top of their game and stand out from the crowd in order to get their dream job.
Our Associate Director for Permanent Roles, Jamie Goulding, discusses what the top 3 characteristics a good software engineer should have?
Strong communication skills:
As a Software engineer, you will often convey information or try to extract information from others. It can be important to not just communicate progress but to involve the team and customers on a feature-to-feature basis. This is beneficial to receive faster feedback and make changes rather than waiting until the end of the project.
It is also recommended to always interact with the end user. It is best practice to host discovery and framing sessions with them before starting on new projects, as well as keeping them involved in the process.
Problem-solving & initiative taking mindset:
An important skill is the ability to pick up a new tool, domain, language or code base and to familiarise yourself with it quickly. There are plenty of options available to you if you want to become a software engineer – there are so many programming languages to learn, so many systems to work off and so many different kinds of problems to solve.
Keep developing your skillset:
Successful developers tend to be naturally autodidactic people who love to learn. Try to always stay on top of the latest trends in software engineering, especially in your area of specialty.
Read blogs, listen to podcasts, watch videos, read tech news and attend online events. This will extend your general and specific knowledge on many topics. Even if this knowledge doesn’t help you in your day-to-day duties, it can certainly contribute to making you a stronger and more well-rounded developer.
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