As discussed in my previous article, there are no hard and fast rules regarding the best route to becoming a software developer. I’d say with the people I speak to every day, there’s a pretty even split between the number of self-taught developers and those that have gone to university. What I want to focus on here is how some employers are shifting their job requirements for entry/junior level roles and how this could influence younger developers’ decisions when it comes to working in tech.
One thing I always notice as a recruiter is that employers want to see genuine passion from junior or graduate developers, the type of people who code as a hobby as well as a job. Be prepared to demonstrate this; some examples might be a simple hack for a computer game, a website built for a family business or some online courses. Whether you’re a graduate or a self-taught programmer you should always have an eye on what your next step will be and how you can stand out when you’re about to enter the job market. Below are some points to consider.
Really interested to hear people’s thoughts on this topic, and feel free to add your own hints and advice. If you’re a graduate or self-taught developer don’t hesitate to connect and get in touch, I’m always open for a chat.
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