I have been working as a professional software engineer for over 6 years now. I will share five very useful tips, which will help to grow your software professional career. I have learned these from different experiences in my professional career.
Being a good listener
One of the most important things is how patiently you listen to everything. Be it a meeting or in a knowledge transition or the simple chitchat going on in your work place. This will help you to build your judgment power related to different things you hear. The judgment power will eventually help you build the right thoughts.
The software industry runs in very fast pace. You have to keep your momentum going so that you will not fall off. To keep up this momentum you have to upgrade yourself. Below are steps you can follow –
- Attend domain specific and technical specific seminars.
- Engage yourself in different certification programs. Acquire certifications on business domain or technical domain will give you an extra edge.
- Engage yourself in writing white papers on different topics related to your profession.
Learning the business behind coding
We always look for the requirements and make a plan how to covert that into coding to provide solution. You should always be keen to learn the business behind it. Business is how the code you are writing will make money for your client. Having business knowledge for the domain you are working will give you an extra edge. It will help you to become a key member for your assigned project.
Playing a role of team member
Engage yourself in different team building activities other than your routine work. You can come forward and engage other team members to organize these activities. Below are some examples of simple things which you can easily organize –
- Team picnics
- White Elephants (team games)
- Encourage team members to join marathon.
This will not only help you build leadership in you but also help you to get highlighted in this competitive market.
Sharing knowledge smartly
You will gain knowledge with your experience and interest of learning. You have to smartly share the knowledge you are gaining. You have to draw a line in between things you can share and the things you cannot. The things you will not share will make you a key member for your project/client whom nobody wants to lose.