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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

Avoid taking on more than one programming language at the start as this can be overwhelming. The languages that beginners tend to focus on are C, Python, and JavaScript.


Learn design

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.



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