Career path of a programmer
The career path of a programmer can develop horizontally or vertically. This means that the developer can become a specialist in his field or decide to follow the direction of management positions.
In the list of the best professions of 2017 of the magazine “Forbes”, in the first place was the programmer. No wonder, because this profession has long been considered to be future-oriented, and it directions are besieged. Every year comes the Willing who want to start a career as a developer. We already wrote about this in the article does a programmer need to study? Now we are looking at how the career path of a programmer can develop.
Planning a career as a programmer is worth starting with choosing the technology in which you will specialize. Of course, there are a lot of them. You have to be aware that the choice of technology affects the amount of earnings and the possibility of receiving additional benefits, as well as involves the implementation of different projects. Some computer scientists even point out that, for example, a PHP programmer and a C++ programmer are two different professions. There is probably a lot of truth in this, because different technologies require different knowledge, different frameworks or libraries.
Being a programmer is not only coding and implementing various projects, but also the need to make important decisions. One of them is undoubtedly the one that concerns the choice of the direction in which we will develop-it can be a path closely related to technical issues or a managerial career. Each of them can proceed in different ways, according to different variants. Often, however, at the heart of each of these paths lies the position of a junior programmer (Junior developer), which is usually considered as a stage of learning and gaining experience. Then the career can take different paths.
A developer who wants to stay on the technical path can take the position of, for example, developer manager, and then successively senior developer, technical lead, architect and technical project manager. In the case of a managerial career, the path can be arranged, for example, as follows: senior developer, team leader, it manager and finally it director. Of course, the choice of the right path should really depend on our interests and predispositions. After all, not everyone is fit to manage the work of others. However, it is possible to combine both paths: being an expert and managing an IT team. Then the programmer can count on a much higher salary, and hence-also prestige.
However, it is very important that do not delay too long with determining which path you want to follow. The later a developer decides whether he wants to become an expert architect or a project manager, the more difficult it is to get to this stage. Very often there is a situation when an employee with many years of experience recognizes that he would like to earn more, but it turns out that in a given position he simply can not. In short-we should not delay with the decision of which development path we want to follow.
Form of employment
Developing our career path as a programmer, we should also pay attention to issues related to the form of employment. It also affects our career path. Most often, we have a choice of a contract of employment, that is, permanent employment and the performance of duties under the contract. Each of these solutions has its pros and cons.
The employment contract is primarily employment stabilityand by the way the ability to enjoy all the privileges of the Labour Codesuch as the right to paid leave, medical exemptions, social packages, etc. On the other hand-contract work is usually a higher salary, as well as greater flexibility in terms of shaping your professional development. The contract also provides freedom in the choice of projects on which we will work. Then we can actually do what we are interested in, which is a professional challenge for us. It is worth adding that most often the contract is chosen by experienced programmers who can already boast of interesting professional achievements.
The development of a programmer’s career can take place in different stages and develop in different directions. A big influence on this is not only the skills and experience of the employee, obtained certificates (e.g. Oracle, Microsoft), but also the specifics of the company for which the work is performed. However, it is worthwhile to plan your career in a thoughtful way. This will allow you to pursue a clear goal. After all, Seneca did not accidentally say that no wind is successful if you do not know which port to sail to. Therefore, the development of our career should not be a work of chance, because the effect may not be satisfactory.