How to become a Software Developer

Software Developer


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What do they do?

Getting sick of your latest IOS update? Think you could do better? You should be a Software Developer…

The main role of a Software Developer is to design and maintain a variety of computer software, which can help a company improve its efficiency. This could range from building databases for internal use and improving the office’s operating systems through to building servers and manufacturing mobile apps from scratch.

Although specific responsibilities vary from industry to industry, the role of a Software Developer will include the following:

  • Meeting with all key stakeholders to determine the desired outcome of a piece of work
  • Designing and installing new IT systems
  • Writing and implementing code
  • Conducting tests to monitor bugs and mitigate risks
  • Day-to-day maintenance of the programmes
Is it right for me?

To be successful as a Software Developer, you will need to be a natural when it comes to computers. You will be expected to have some knowledge of an array of specific programming language, including (but not limited to) Javascript, C#, SQL and/or Python.

And if the names mentioned above mean anything at all to you, you might just have what it takes to become a Software Developer. It may also help if you’re Agile. Just saying…

Other key skills include:

  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • The ability to communicate effectively with your team
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • The ability to pick things up quickly and work to strict deadlines
  • An active interest in all things tech
Career Progression?

Software Developer

Up to 32,000

Software Engineer

Up to 40,000

Senior Software Engineer

Up to 50,000

What's it really like?

Working as a Software Developer is great for a multitude of reasons. Not only does it mean I get to immerse myself in tech day in, day out, it also means I get to work with a group of like-minded individuals who love it just as much as me. I get to be myself, and do what I love – write code and develop programs. Also, the work sometimes involves some form of online gaming. Although strictly in lunch hours, obviously…

Get qualified

It is not a necessary requirement to have a degree to become a Software Developer. However, it is essential to have recognised qualifications specific to the industry, and detailed knowledge of programming languages such as C# and JavaScript is essential. To begin, you could consider taking a free course in a related subject, such as the Principles of Cyber Security Level 2 Qualification or the Understanding Coding Level 2 Qualification, which both provide a great introduction to the field of software development.

Principles of Cyber Security Level 2

This free course focuses on the principles of cyber security, enabling learners to develop an understanding of the sector and what it involves.

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Understanding Coding Level 2

This free course provides an introduction to coding, covering the principles of coding, coding terminology, the stages of the software development cycle, and more.

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