Career Tips and Trends and Advice for Software Developer

WEF Future of Jobs 2018 report

WEF Future of Jobs 2018 report suggests:
– By 2025, machines will do more work than human
– Advances in machine learning and digital automation will eliminate 75 million jobs by 2025.
– The same technology could potentially generate some 133 million new roles
It may be difficult to believe that AI/ML will destroy or create jobs, but certainly, an eye-opening account for you to start preparing for not so distant future…

Reskilling for the future of work

Accenture released a 40-page report on reskilling according to which many of the tasks, skills, and jobs which is currently technology enabled will be augmented by it. Which requires human to have new approaches to learning are needed if businesses are to achieve the growth promised by intelligent technologies.
The report suggests three remedies: “Speed up experiential learning techniques, broaden individuals’ blend of skills, and ensure inclusive access to tomorrow’s skilling solutions.”

Career Planning

To achieve a purposeful career, it is important to have satisfaction with your work. The driver for satisfaction in career life comes when you do things applying your unique talent, skills, and interests to the tasks and activities you do at your workplace.
Once you know what work will be enjoyable, interesting and challenging to do, you’ll be able to present your best self to your prospective employer and your work will be personally satisfying as well as financially rewarding.
Discover what you love to do and chart out your career transition plan to land into the job in which you get the opportunity to do what you love.

What you want from a job, what your job want from you

You want a position, prestige, paise, preference, and people connection from your work life. Your employer wants you to solve a unique problem using your skills, abilities, and experiences. The absence of these creates a very dissatisfying work environment and you feel like living a rotten life.
It happens because you’ve not applied your values. You need to figure out what you value, you’ll have the answer to what motivates you to do your best job, and you can use this knowledge to guide your career decision whether you want to stick to your current job or you need to plan a career transition.

New interviewing tools and processes

Employers are using new tools and processes built on modern technology to assess, shortlist and expedite the hiring process. As a job candidate, you need to familiarise yourself to use these tools effectively, so that you can crack the interview with ease.

A Definitive Guide to Career Success

A Definitive Guide to Career

01

A Successful Career requires the planning, designing, and implementing of a system that allows you to deliver your genius (interests, skills, and personality) in a meaningful, efficient, consistent and rewarding way.

02

Even though success having a different meaning for different people, it revolves around mental, spiritual, physical, family, financial, personal and career growth.
Every successful person plans for these and then does things to improve these areas with full attention and energy.

03

Skills, abilities, and personalities are the bricks with which you will lay a path to your life goals and build pillars to support it. Every day, you should improve on these areas to sleep a better person than you woke up in the morning. Don’t spoil the journey

04

Setting yourself up for success
Prepare your resume considering how you would like it to be 10 years from now. You will be instantly traveling yourself into the future assessing the present, looking forward, cutting your weaknesses and start moving on.
When you focus on your intentions for success, then success expands. And, when you look at your future resume, you have set your intention to continually be serving your highest good with your choices which lead to fulfillment and success.

05

7 Secrets of career life success
Employers don’t just look for your skills and abilities, but also unique values you offer compared to other people. As a most suitable candidate for the job, you must have 7 secret qualities:
(1) Your ability to solve problems will be the first quality an employer will look in you.
(2) Be a self-learner and keep learning
(3) Make things meaningful giving your magic touch to it
(4) People control resources, opportunities, information and everything else. Your network is your circle of influence.
(5) Practice to communicate with clarity
(6) Show up your mastery over handling the unexpected situations
(7) Life is short, enjoy it too.

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Job search is a marathon, not a sprint
Searching for the right job requires endurance and dedication, and can take longer than you might think. There are 1000s of other people who are eyeing for the same job that you do. You need to plan, develop skills, practice and invest time in landing in the job you want.

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Career development process goes through a 4-step process of self-assessment, exploration, focus and job search. Start it by doing a self assessment, ask yourself these questions:
Why am I?
What are my interests?
What kind of skills and abilities do I have?
What are my work-related values
What is my work style?

08

Exploring Career Choices involves knowing well in advance the answers to questions such as:
What opportunities are out there for me?
What options do I have from available opportunities?
Would I prefer working for business, startup, large enterprise or social sector?
What job fits my current skills and capabilities?
What careers and industries where my skills are most used?

09

Making decisions about career choices is not an easy one. It will remain right in front of your face and largely impact how you are going to change your life forever.
– What industry and organizations are a good fit?
– What do I need to be competitive?
– Who can connect me to these organizations?

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Approach a job search action plan with considering the interests, skills and career choices that you have made. Job search is a full-time work. Develop a well thought out plan and commit yourself to it. Be ready and focus on the following:
– Resume
– Interview schedules
– Networking with people
– Researching more options
– Continuously practicing interview questions

The Great Habits of 10x Successful Software Developer

The demand for good, qualified programmers is higher than ever. As per the recent survey by StackOverflow, most developers work full-time for somebody else, and about 10% of them freelance. Only 5% of developers who want to work are currently unemployed — much better employment stats than pretty much any field.

Mock Interview

But Wait,

Out of 1.5 million people who show up to become a software developer, only 10% of them get their break and only 3% are able to get to work for the dream companies where they write meaningful code, build real software and earn 6 figure income year on year than the rest of people.

And the most of those who’ve been in the top tier, their surest path to success is getting into the ritual of deep work – learning, practicing and delivering result through focused work.

Warning: When we say deep work, it means not jumping from your code editor to a chat room to a social network, to an email to a pantry or getting into a meaningless conversation with people.

You might look and feel busy, and you might even ship lots of code, but when was it that you shipped something that has created a meaningful impact in the lives of people around you, your company, your client, your society, your country, and your world?

Every day, a few hours of undistracted, deep work produces more quantity and quality than a full day of scattered and distracted work.

Start building the habits of doing deep work with Pomodoro technique:

Each Pomodoro is an interval of 25 minutes of pure work followed by a five-minute break.

After setting a timer for 25 minutes, dedicate yourself to intense, distraction-free work. This means no checking your phone, answering email, or opening a new tab in your web browser. Avoid anything that would interrupt the task at hand.

Once the 25 minutes is up, stop working immediately and take a five-minute break to disconnect from your work. You can take a small walk, stretch, drink a glass of water, or anything else that does not require much mental effort.

After four Pomodoros, take a longer 15- to 30-minute break.

You’ll find its easier to get into a flow state, and it will happen more often.

This is when the hard thing that’s been kicking your ass becomes easy.

This is when your coding skills level up exponentially.

This is when you are firmly placed in the league of top 3% creamy layer of software developers doing meaningful work every day.

The demand for good, qualified programmers is higher than ever. The surest path to success is getting into the ritual of deep, focused work.

Try it out and let us know what you think. If you have other productivity techniques, comment below and let us know about your hacks.

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The Best Way to Keep Interview Nerves at Bay

There are men who watch things happen and then there are men who make things happen. Colin Powell said …

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

Yes. And it doesn’t have to be as hard as most of us make it. If you get into a daily ritual that ensures you are taking action toward building your dream, every day prepare for your next big move, practice and assess your readiness. For example, log in to MockRabbit app, give the mock interview test and assess where you stand in the queue… if faced with a job interview today!

Let’s talk about how to be well prepared to keep the interview nerves at bay.

Because every interview is a bit different, your aim should be to get general ideas of what you need to know and then work on the specifics yourself.

You should master the skills required to solve coding problems by gaining a good working knowledge of:

1) Data Structures

A solid conceptual and solving problems with coding arrays, strings, linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs.

2) Algorithmic programming

Including bit manipulation, train teasers, basic mathematics, probability, object-oriented design, recursion, dynamic programming, scalability, memory limits, sorting, searching and testing the code.

3) Programming language knowledge

Familiarise yourself with the major programming language concept like C, C++, Java, Database, Memory leaks, threads, Locks, etc.

To familiarize yourself with the above programming concepts, I’ll recommend the following:

Read Cracking the Coding Interview, this book happens to be among the top book recommended by every top software developer and it will teach you to solve the coding problems you most likely to face in a coding interview.

Write the code in your preferred language or the language you are familiar with as of now to solve these problems.

In our next blog, we will discuss how one can write the code like a poetry so that it delivers the result with enriching experience to the people for whom you will be doing it.

Good programming skill counts!

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