Software engineering is one of the most highly sought-after professions in today’s market, given its rapid technology growth. Software engineering plays an important role in the future of technology and the future of technology.
Before we get into the how-to’s, let us first learn about Software Engineers.
What is a SOFTWARE ENGINEER?
Software engineers are responsible for the development of Augmented Reality (AR), Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence(AI), and Virtual Reality(VR) that many people enjoy. They create, test, maintain, and develop websites, smartphone and computer applications, as well as other devices like Smart Homes, Self-driving vehicles, and virtual assistants.
It’s pretty amazing, right?
This is possible! These are some tips to help you become a software engineer.
Set goals and stick to them
Choose the language you wish to learn
Learn how to code
Be with people who have the same goals as yours
Find a mentor who is a good fit
Make your own projects
Your professional network should be built
Apply to get the job interview you want
SET GOALS and MAKE PLANS
It is important to set a goal and make plans before you embark on a new journey. It is a good goal to become a software engineer. But what kind of Software Engineer do you want to become? A Software Engineer who is interested in working with a large or start-up company. Are you looking to become a freelance software engineer? Or do you want to start your own company? It is important to have a clear and specific vision of your goals.
The next step should be to create a plan for achieving your goal. No matter how clear your goal, setting a goal without a plan is futile. You must stick to your goal, follow the plan, and be committed to it.
CHOOSE THE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE YOU WANT TO LEARN
Computers won’t adapt to us so we must adjust to them. To make a computer do what we want, you must “tell” it what to do using the language they know (computer or programming language).
A programming language is a language that allows you to create programs that tell computers algorithms or provide instructions to help them perform certain tasks.
Computer programming can be done in many languages. Wikipedia states that there are approximately 700 programming languages.
Here are the top-demand programming languages for 2019.
Learn more about the top programming languages by reading “The 7 Most In-Demand Languages in 2019”.
To reach your goal, you should have a specific computer language that you want to learn. If you choose a language (or more languages) to learn, the next step is learning how to code.
LEARN TO CODE
Anyone can learn how to code. There are three ways you can learn to program. The first is self-study or self-learning. The internet is only one tool that can help you learn code. You can quickly access the data you need with just a few taps or clicks. You can find materials online that you can use to learn on your own. You can find tutorial ebooks and pdf files online for coding, as well as videos on Youtube for coding.
Self-study has the advantage of allowing you to learn at your own pace. It can slow down your learning. It all depends on how much you study.
Take a Computer Science Course
You can also take a Computer Science course to earn a degree. A two-year associate degree program is typical, while a four-year bachelor’s degree takes four. After these years, you will be a Computer Scientist/Engineer with a deep understanding about how computers work. While many companies are looking for developers with CS degrees and some prefer those who have graduated from coding bootcamps, others require CS degree-holding developers. This leads us to the third option, learning to code.
Enrolling in a Coding Bootcamp
A coding bootcamp is a program that teaches computer programming in a set time period. The bootcamp typically lasts between 8 and 36 weeks, but most bootcamps last between 10 and 12.9 weeks. Coding Dojo offers both an online and onsite course. Our curriculum helps potential and aspiring Software Engineers become not one, but three full-stacks developers in just 14 weeks. Although learning to code takes less time than a Computer Science course (although many companies prefer to hire coding bootcamp graduates), it is still much faster than a Computer Science course.
To learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of each, read “Self-taught Courses Vs. Coding Bootcamps” and “How Bootcamp Grads Compare to Computer Science Grads?” You might also find the “Benefits of Learning 3 Fullstacks instead of One” helpful.