Software has become an integral part of modern life. Depending upon where you are, pretty much everything is run by some sort of software – be it programs on your computer, your smartphone, your smart television, your car remote locking system or music system, ATMs and so on. As such, a software developer becomes a very necessary part of the contemporary world. There is, of course, a great demand for software developers both at home and abroad. But just being qualified to develop software is not enough. You need skills both technical and otherwise to be able to ensure that you are in demand at all times.
An Ability to Solve Problems
Software is created to solve problems. That is the whole point of software. Therefore, you need to be able to not only identify but also think up of solutions for a wide range of problems if you want to succeed in this field at all. In most interviews, you will find that you will be asked to solve some pretty difficult issues. Don’t complain, take it in your stride and remember that problem-solving skills means creating software that does what it is meant to do with creating additional problems.
Well, this is an obvious one, isn’t it? No software development company worth its salt is going to hire someone with excellent problem-solving skills and very little technical know-how and vice versa. You will need to know operating systems, life cycles, programming languages and hardware among other things if you are to be able to create software that makes everyone’s life easier. This means that you stay up-to-date on the latest developments and don’t limit your skills to a single expertise.
Why people skills, you may ask. Well, first of all, this is because you need to interact with people to get your job done. You won’t be working in isolation. You will interact with many people including managers, supervisors, and colleagues from your department and others. You don’t exist in a vacuum. Understanding that people are driven more by emotion than they are by logic will help you interact and deal with these people in a way that makes your life and work a lot easier and even helps in building up a good network.
Software development is a field that changes very rapidly. As I mentioned earlier, staying up-to-date with the latest developments is an essential part of technical expertise. If you wait for someone to come and teach you the knowledge you need to have, you will fall behind rather rapidly. There is no time to wait when it comes to learning new skills with regards to software development because things change too fast in this field. Therefore, you need to learn to teach yourself whatever you need to know in order to do your job efficiently. Don’t wait for something to happen that requires you to learn something new. Start out now. Go learn a new programming language. Pick up a new technology. Don’t worry about whether you’ll need it or not. Just learn.
This may, perhaps, be the most neglected skill set among software developers. You may be a very skilled software developer but if you don’t know the value of what you have developed, you leave yourself wide open to exploitation. Not just this, if you understand the business significance of the technology you have developed, you will end up keeping it in mind while developing the software itself. Software that understands the requirements of the business and the client is always a winner.