In this article, I’m going to share some of my personal experience of transitioning into software development. When I started, I had zero experience or coding knowledge. So, I’m going to show you how you can do this too.
Software developers are behind every computer/mobile program and application out there. They design, develop, test, maintain, and fix bugs in everything, from banking apps to the calculator program on your computer.
A day in the life of a software developer consists of:
There are three paths to becoming a software developer from scratch: self-study, bootcamps, and degree programs. Each of these has its pros and cons, so it’s up to you to decide what fits best for you.
Being able to learn by yourself is a skill that all programmers should have. With that being said, the self-taught path is usually chosen by people with limited time and/or financial resources. These are the pros and cons:
Unlike in the self-taught path, with software bootcamps you will probably have a study schedule with a defined curriculum.
In this path, you will learn more than just coding. Your course will include math, algebra, hardware, and other fundamental industry skills.
A large portion of jobs in tech do NOT require a degree. Major tech companies such as Google, Apple, and IBM no longer require employees to have a college degree.
The most recent Stack Overflow developer survey showed that about 27% of the developers don’t hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. That same survey also displayed that almost 60% of respondents learned how to code from online resources.
I am a former lawyer. I joined Microverse's Full-stack Web Development Program in late 2020 and, before even graduating, I was offered a part-time job as a web developer.
There are two things that are worth mentioning about my own experience. First, before joining the program, I had no actual coding experience. Second, I had both work and internship experience in law.
Being a developer is more than simply writing code, and most companies know that. A strong interpersonal skill set is highly valued by recruiters. This is why any other experience you have outside of tech is completely valid.
In my case, my law background enhanced my ability to translate technical matters in a way that even a layman can understand. It also improved my competence to understand my client's needs and come up with better solutions, as well as balancing their expectations according to the possible outcomes.
Even if I was a developer with many years of experience, with high interpersonal competence, I probably wouldn’t be able to land a job if I wasn’t connected to the right people and able to showcase all of my potentials.
My point is that, in order to land a job, not only do you need to possess the desirable skills. You also need to have a network of contacts, and a strong online presence. Did you know that 95% of recruiters are on LinkedIn? Microverse has helped me to build an attractive profile, in addition to a valuable resume.
Tech is a fast-growing industry with an estimated 178,000 new jobs in the USA for 2022. Further, the tech industry is fourth on the list of sectors that have the highest projected employment gains, behind only health care, technical services, and transportation.
If whenever you think about tech, all you can think about are technical jobs, think again. Over 40% of the jobs posted by technology companies are non-tech jobs. The most common are account executives, sales representatives, and marketing-related.
Within tech jobs, if you are not interested in coding, but still want to be in the field, some positions, like project manager, value soft skills (such as communication and commitment), over hard coding skills.
As mentioned before, unlike other fields, such as medicine and law, you are not required to have a degree or to be a member of a special practice register to work in tech. This means that, with some practice, anyone can become a software developer.
As the world of technology continues to grow, we need more individuals who are willing to change careers and learn new skills to fill the increasing demand for labor in the sector. If you are seeking opportunities in software development, learn about Microverse to change your career and take it to the next level!