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As more professionals join the 600,000 computer programmers currently working in the UK, software development is one of the fastest-growing fields around the world. Here are our tips for starting a career in this industry:
Find an online community
Software development can be a challenging field, so finding an online community that has shared the same experiences and hurdles can be invaluable. Try GitHub, Stack Overflow or even Reddit to search for advice.
Become a problem solver
For software development and programming, arguably the number one skill needed is problem-solving. Finding solutions requires a combination of attributes, including risk management, analysis, forecasting, and researching, and building these soft skills can help lead to a successful career.
Choose a specialism
For developers it can be useful to see things from a user perspective, so being familiar with at least one design tool may help you stand out as a candidate.
Have a side project
Whether it is an app, website, or even a game, building something of your own is a great way to hone your skills and grow as a developer – it can also be added to your portfolio.