Used different programming languages:
– Ada, C, C++, Java, Python
Done different jobs:
– Programmer, Analyst, Manager, Consultant
Worked in various industry areas:
– Radio, Robotics, Telecomms, Advertising,
Software Development Teams
More than writing code, large software systems
involve team work and collaboration
Type of person who enjoys
WHAT DEVELOPERS SAY..
• You don't have to be a mathematician; you don't have to be male; you just need a logical mind and
(ideally) some common sense. Picture a career where you can make virtually anything you can imagine.
Out of nothing. And pay the bills.
• the beauty of creating something that wasn't there before? Software development is making things.
Making things is fun. Lots of fun (and useful) things rely on software…it continues to be loads of fun
even after 20+ years. It is fun :)
• typing stuff into a computer is just a small part of the job. you deal with people. A lot.
• Collaboration? Continual learning? Making a positive impact on the world?
• Understanding people is more important & harder than computers. Collaboration is really, really
important. It's not a solitary job. Even if you are not pairprogramming”“that it's a team sport and 90%
of it is about collaboration. Software is a team sport. Don't pick it as a career to avoid human contact.
• Like all team games. When you hit that zone there's no feeling like it. It's like music in a lot of ways…
• it's also lots of fun when it gels properly. Really rewarding.
• that pairing with all sorts of peers is the best way to both learn and share ;)
• Oh and salaries for techies are very good ;) one advice would be Not to take up the career path because
its lucrative, but only if they are passionate about it. Yes we have geeks, they are nice. It is more than
coding. It can be hard - and great :)
• Mention testing as a career because that will definitely be new to them.
• if I were to mention one thing it would be "lifelong learning" other: limitless opportunities, creative
endeavor, team sport
Where are the jobs?
• Many different sectors:
– Finance (banks, insurance)
– Media (TV, newspapers)
• Also many non-programming roles:
– analyst, user-experience designer, manager, tester.
• London has large cluster of companies, most
large cities have some software development
jobs in different sectors
• Develop your talent!
• Learn at least one programming language
• Build a web site or a phone app
• Use open source tools
• Networking and meet-ups
• Often require engineering or numerate
• Not necessarily Computer Science
• Experience developing software is
• Many people are self-taught