Career Development for Programmers

Bob, Sun 23 September 2018, Softskills

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What makes you excel in your career? Become an expert in x, y, z. Sure, you need to learn technical skills, quite a lot of them. However there is a lot more to it. If you want to succeed in your job, business and life, you want to build a portfolio, share your learning, become a reader and a good writer, and last but not least stick to daily exercising. I published this article on my blog 2 years ago and find a lot is still relevant today and will serve our community. I also added an updated towards the end.

Success is a matter of choice, not chance ~ Deepak Mehra

How to improve your programming career:


Remember you are in charge of your career, it's not up to your boss or even family and close friends to tell you what to do. You have to seek opportunities, and when they present themselves, grab them with both hands.

Secondly, technical skills alone only get you so far. Often a decently skilled and personable guy outperforms a super expert who lacks people skills. In that regard I highly recommend Soft Skills which deals with a lot of this. I am also reading John Sonmez' second book - The Complete Software Developer’s Career Guide - which he is publishing on his blog. Update: this book went to press since and is on to-read list.

What are you consistently doing to get ahead in your career? Share your thoughts in the comments below ...


Update 23rd of Sept 2018:

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. The best is yet to come ~ Zig Ziglar


Keep Calm and Code in Python!

-- Bob

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