One question we hear all the time in interviews is, “what are you doing to keep up-to-date on new technologies?” When it comes to being a professional developer, your education never ends. Companies are looking for people who keep growing both technically and personally, and here are some ways to help you develop as a developer
Joining communities where you can practice writing code and receive feedback from others is a great way to stay attuned with the programming world. Sites like github.com offer challenges and different opportunities to explore open source coding as well as collaborate with peers.
Improve Soft Skills
Soft skills are transferable skills such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking which help with working harmoniously in the work environment. This skills are sometimes undervalued but are essential to growing professionally within your field. Since these skills can’t just be learned from a book, they are considered more challenging to develop. This WikiHow article offers some guidance in small actions that you can take to help improve your soft skills in the workplace.
Additionally, with Indy being a hub of business and technology, many groups have formed to help grow together. Whether it is strictly growing communication skills through Toastmasters, or a number of other groups, meetup has many of these opportunities listed.
Learn a New Language
In most fields, this would mean German or French, but as a developer, it is important to widen your understanding with a firm knowledge of different scripting languages. Cross-training your skills can be a long and complicated process, but it will show future employers that you are invested in your education. It shows that you can easily learn and are committed to growth within the company. This can also cast a wider net when looking for jobs in the future.
The community of tech is blossoming and growing everyday. One way to keep up with all of the new advancements is to attend conferences and events within the community. This offers networking opportunities to you as well as information. To get a full list of events coming up in the Indianapolis area, check out our event calendar.
Developing as a developer involves both technical and personal development. It never ends, but developing yourself in the right ways can set you up for success in the future.