My Career As A Software Developer

What Do I Want As A Career?

Choosing a career, I asked my self the following questions which puts me in a right direction:

  • What are my skills and what level of skills have i acquired?
  • What am i really interested on?
  • What is my personality?
  • What are my values?
  • Are there jobs available in this career and how much do i want to make?
  • Where do i want to live?
  • Why do i want to pursue this career?
  • What are my talents band strength, on what am I really good at?
  • What kinds of jobs are out there?
  • What job duties are involved?

This drives me to follow my core values. I love to learn new things particularly in my field of studies. The drive for learning has really pushed me forward to pursue my career as a software developer. Looking at my skills and the level of knowledge i have acquired shows that i have much to learn as a software developer. This can not be possible without loyalty. i stay loyal to those that i can learn from which includes friends, the communities in which I belong, groups, mentors, and other associations. gaining knowledge on how to do things is also something I cherish much. Asking my self all the above questions and knowing my value, I have to choose a career.

But before choosing a career I also look at my family and the community I come from. Having so much love for them, I put them first before choosing my career as a software developer.

My community

Coming from a community where the inhabitant are mostly farmers and cattle herdsmen. I have always wanted to create an impact to improve the life of my people in my own little way. The people In my community produce much farm products such as vegetable, oil, milk, eggs, rubber, cocoa, coffee. This area is blessed with a volcanic soil which is a very rich and it favors the production of many different products with a high level of output.

Identifying the problem of my community

Despite the rich soil and massive production by this local farmers, they still remain very poor. This is mainly because they are unable to market their products directly to the companies which can use their products as raw materials. And also because the population in the small village is limited to consume all the products produced in the area.

I also noticed that the local farmers can do better if they engage in industrialized or modern method of farming and the use of fertilizers to improve on their production.

How Did This Prompt Me In Choosing A Career?

I needed to help the local farmers in my own little way. I thought of a way to create an impact. I came with the idea to build a platform where the farmers can be linked to other parts of the country and why not the world.

I became more passionate about software development which was already my field of studies. This is because with software development, I would be able to create a website where farmers will be able to display their products and the quantity of harvest they have made online through the website. And also wholesalers and producers will be able see the products and place their commands which can easily be seen by the farmers on the website or through direct contact since their information will be available there. Also in the platform there will be a sensitization program where farmers will be able to learn better ways of farming in order to improve on their produce and also better ways to market their products. My passion for my career as a web developer grew much stronger because many people in my community supported and love my idea. Also from the other advantages listed below I took web development as a career.

These Are The Advantages In Choosing A Career In Software development

The Payment Is Good

Software developer jobs are becoming more and more popular, and a career in IT is now a realistic and respectable option for many people. This are advantages of choosing a path of software development.

In the Government’s official website, the average rate of pay for software developer jobs is between 65 and 90 thousand dollars per year. That’s well above the New Zealand average of $55,000. Compared to other professions, a career as a developer is in the higher wage rate.

The skills are transferable

Software developer jobs across the board all work on the same basis, so that means you can move company, country or even field, and still have the necessary skills to find a good job. And usually moving company means a good pay increase too!

You Can Work Any Where

Working from home is a lot of people’s dream, but as a developer you can do much more than that. All you need is a computer and an internet connection, so you’re not even restricted to your home! You can literally go anywhere in the world and still work. If you’re an immigrant to New Zealand this allows you to go back and visit family without taking holidays. Maybe you’re the nomadic type and want to see the world? Software developer jobs allow you to still have regular income while you travel.

Most Working Environments Are Comfortable

If you don’t end up working from home, then at least with a job in IT you will always have a comfortable working environment. A nice air-conditioned office, a comfortable chair, fast internet connection, a coffee machine… it’s these little things in life that make the day go faster. Software developer jobs don’t make you work outside in the rain, hail or snow!

Continues Study

The great thing about the IT industry is that it is forever changing and expanding. You’ll never master your field because next week someone will invent something new that you’ll have to learn! And maybe that someone will be you! Working as a software developer means that you’ll always be adding to your knowledge base, always learning something new, and you’ll never be bored. Who can ask for more in a job!

It Is Possible To Create Things Your Own Way

One of the great things about software developer jobs is that you build things in an imaginary word. How cool is that? Every day you create something from nothing. Your imagination is the only thing holding you back. How many jobs are like that? As a developer, you’re in the same league as writers, artists and musicians. Go have fun!

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