Career Roadmap For Programmers: Keeping Your Skills Current Or In Demand

Keep your Skills Current or In Demand
Keep your Skills Current or In Demand

It is a commonly held belief that once you learn “how to code in one programming language“, you can easily transition your programming skills to another.

Yet many computer programmers never quite make it because they get lost in the transition from one programming language to another.

This is true of computer programmers transitioning away from legacy programming languages like Cobol or relatively more modern programming languages like classic Visual Basic.

When a computer programmer falls behind the technology (programming language) curve, the developer may experience:

  1. Loss of job security

Can a Developer Make a Good Business Analyst?

Computer Programmers Learning Business Analysis
Computer Programmers Learning Business Analysis

I have been talking to a number of software developers, interested in changing roles to business analysis. If you are one of those software developers, then this post is written to show you how to switch careers from software development 🙂

There seems to be some bias against switching roles to business analysis from software development. It’s a subtle form of discrimination from folks who stereotype all software developers as nerds with poor presentation and communication skills!

But is that really true? Are you poorly suited for a business analysis role just because you’re a software developer?

On the contrary, software developers can make good business analysts and I will dedicate the rest of this post to debunking this myth … just as I have done with several urban legends on this blog 🙂

Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader!

Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader
Develop Your Personal Brand - Become A Leader

Develop Your Personal Brand And Become a Leader

This course teaches you how to develop and use your competitive advantages in the workplace, job market and industry using the PULL method.

You will learn how to become a leader in your industry by developing and taking advantage of your personal brand using PULL techniques.

By the end of this course, you will have learnt how to select the best leadership projects for your industry based on your background, skills, education, training, job history and interests.

How Do I Overcome Employment Gaps In My Oracle Programming Career?

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It Is Never Too Late To Become A Computer Programmer!

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This question was posted by a reader who wants to become a computer programmer!

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The Job Of A Computer Programmer

A few days ago, I granted an interview to a student writing a research paper on The job of a computer programmer. During the interview, I was given ten questions to answer about careers and jobs in computer programming. I’ve decided to post my replies, since a lot of people will benefit from it. You will find this entire interview interesting.

Please read it for your own benefit.

1. How did you get into the field of computer programming?

The Secret Path To Contract Programming

Who is a contract programmer?

A contract programmer is a software developer who is paid an hourly rate for working on special software development projects for a period. Contract computer programmers are not paid salaries like full-time developers but hourly wages.

Contract programmers tend to be very project focused because they are hired to solve specific problems or code specific features and as soon as that is done, they have to move on to another project or find a new client.

How to Choose the Right or Best Software Developer Careers

Do you realize that you don’t have to be a computer programmer to be involved with software development?

Does this statement sound strange coming from a software developer coach?

If you think that my job is to get you into software development or to get to you to the top of your software developer career, you are partially right.

My job as a coach is to help you succeed by providing you key information that will save you a lot of time, a lot of pain and a lot of money.

Thinking of Changing Careers To Computer Programming?

One of my blog readers emailed me the question below about the feasibility of changing careers to computer programming in Malaysia.

Question:

Hi,

I am 34 years old, currently working as an electronic technician and am thinking of a career change and take up programming as a career.

I am interested to know if you have come across anyone like in my situation from Malaysia who has done your course and managed to get a job as a computer programmer?

3 Keys Of Successful Computer Programmer Careers

Your technology, resume and interviewing skills are the 3 keys that drive your computer programming career.

If you are formula minded, you can express my career determining statement as:

TECHNOLOGY + RESUME + INTERVIEWING SKILLS = SUCCESSFUL COMPUTER PROGRAMMER

Here is how the computer programming industry works:

  1. Technology: Your choice of programming language can make or break your career. If you choose a programming language that’s not in-demand like COBOL, your career is PRETTY MUCH dead. If you choose a programming language that’s in high demand like Java or C# your career is headed for the STARS.

    After you choose a programming language, your next critical task is to master it. Put together, your programming language and technical mastery determine how relevant your programming skills are to recruiters and employers.

Entry Level Programmer Jobs For Beginners

How To Find Programmer Jobs?
Where To Find Programmer Jobs?

I am answering questions now on computer programmer careers again and if you post yours on: [Ask IT Career Coach], I will answer it for you, just like I am answering this question on “how to find jobs for beginner or entry level computer programmers“.

How To Get An Entry Level Computer Programming Job

Dear Mr. Tagbo,

Now that the spring has finally arrived, I am ready to search for programming jobs available for college students.

So far I have mastered the fundamental concepts of programming such as function: Subprocedures, Arrays, and Classes.

Beginning Computer Programming

Beginning computer programming can be difficult.

Even after getting hired beginner computer programmers may get the short end of the stick in matters ranging from compensation, training, and exposure to high profile projects and clients, peer respect, choice of technology, pecking order, holiday time and benefits.

There are several reasons why beginner programmers find it hard to get programming jobs or harder to find good career positions even after they are hired. Here are a few: