Software Engineering Career Bootcamp: From intern to CXO
What you'll learn
- Differentiate between ambitious and impractical career opportunity selection.
- Identify the shortcomings in existing skillset and fix them systematically without burnout.
- Understanding impact of career decisions in longer term. Thinking beyond frameworks, languages.
- Explaining individual appraisal goals from the perspective of seniors stakeholders involved in the software engineering processes.
- No programming experience needed.
- Planning to or already pursuing a career in software or IT industry in any role. (Dev,QA,Support,DevOps,Sys. Admin etc.)
A career in software engineering is not the same as being good at coding. The field of software engineering has been evolving for decades. As the technology frontier gathers momentum, professionals must continuously re-calibrate to fit in or become obsolete even before they realize it. This trend is inevitable. But, Is it avoidable?
Yes. Reinventing a career overnight is impossible but staying within a competing distance is possible. The answer is the same old boring strategy, planning. One has to define a flexible framework to tackle changing times. On the other hand, the efforts to get a great professional life might cost personal space. Is this trade-off mandatory?
No. Understanding the skill set, market fit, and opportunity cost can help develop a practical career plan that doesn't overwhelm the personal life. A good career plan is a key to peace of mind in the chaotic universe of software. One doesn't have to plan every day of their career. One cannot keep boosting skills with certifications. However, having periodic checkpoints and a set of goals to look forward to are a great start.
Loans, pandemics, recessions, and many other factors will impede progress. A simple Plan B will ensure you have enough to start again. Not all plans need to work; just the fallback shouldn't fail.
Software engineering is more about being human than about machines!
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Understanding the software as a business hierarchy.
Building a more holistic perspective around career.
Learn to gauge competition and unpredictable factors at play.
Starting kit to build a framework for future career planning
Specific and relevant Do's and Don't apply to all software engineering professionals irrespective of role, technologies, and geographies.
What this course doesn't address:
Interview strategies to crack any individual interviews.
Short-term advice to get higher salaries.
Any unsolicited advice to advance a career.
Any biased opinion about a particular technology, framework, language, or company.
Section 1: A quick overview of the software industry landscape.
Section 2: A section dedicated to career planning for some aged 20-25
Most probable role responsibilities.
10 Immediately applicable action items
Five things to avoid
Pointers to proactively choose transition
Book recommendations to enrich holistic perspective.
Section 3: Dedicated section for professionals aged between 26-30
10 Action items
Proactive transition pointers
Personal experience from this stage
Section 4: Dedicated to 31-35 years aged professionals
Things to avoid
Section 5: A perspective for 36+ years of professionals
Section 6: Closing remarks
A perspective about managing the unsuccessful phases of interview processes.
Who this course is for:
- Software Engineers with 0-6 years of experience. More experience learners can use it as a tool to connect with their junior teammates.
- Anyone interested in starting a career in software or IT industry.
- Anyone looking to change jobs, moving to different tracks (engg. to management roles), or actively hiring.
- Sophomore, Post graduates, or anyone graduating in next couple of years.
I am a programmer with an MS in Electrical Engineering and 15+ years of experience in the software industry. I have designed and implemented software solutions for Digital Cinema Distribution, Distributed Systems, Embedded Systems, Map Making, Insurance, Email Servers, and Data acquisition system for a problem in the Astrophysics domain (master's thesis).
The course(s) are designed to help you in answering the following questions that dictate your priorities in life,
WHY are you pursuing your current profession?
How long do you WANT to pursue the current profession/job?
How long do you HAVE to pursue the current profession/job?
How long will your current profession/job RESPECT your contribution in exchange for rewards?
Remaining relevant for decades in any industry is not just hard but in many cases impossible. Accepting this fact can help you plan a peaceful retired life.
There are many more variables in the equation of your peace of mind, start identifying them in these few minutes of assignments.
Don't fall into the trap of ignoring knowledge because it's available for free or at discount. If you have recently enrolled, try to finish it over the upcoming weekend as a challenge.
I find peace in exploring the connection between the "How" and "Why" of any technical problem. Over the years I have realized that research is a lifestyle and engineering is an attitude.
The intent of all courses will be practical implementation and a long-term career perspective.
Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome.