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10 Strategic Career Goals For Software Developers To Have In 2021

eisabai profile image Isabel Nyo ・3 min read

Learning new skills is part of a software developer's role due to the frequent changes and advancements in technology and frameworks. I personally know quite a few developers who are learning Rust right now. However, just learning programming skills isn't enough if you want to succeed and get ahead in your software developer's career.

What are strategic career goals?

Strategic career goals are those that will propel you towards where you want to head professionally, in one year, two years, or even five years. They have a purpose, reflect your professional vision, and have a significant impact on your career success.

Strategic career goals for software developers

They can be categorised as:

  1. Technical goals
  2. Job goals
  3. Entrepreneurship goals
  4. Leadership goals
  5. Community goals

Here are some specific examples of strategic career goals. These goals will get you ahead in your career as a software developer.

1) Technical goals

Example #1 :

become an expert in a domain, technology, or language such as Performance, Machine Learning, or Javascript

Example #2 :

work on a system that has X scale or complexity, such as 3 millions of requests per second

2) Job goals

Example #3 :

get to a specific job title, such as architect, senior engineer, CTO, developer evangelist

Example #4 :

work at a prestigious tech company, such as Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google (FANG)

3) Entrepreneurship goals

Example #5 :

start a side hustle, such as freelancing

Example #6 :

make your first sale of a software you wrote

4) Leadership goals

Example #7 :

mentor someone and see them get better over time

Example #8 :

help a new person on your team onboarded and get started

5) Community goals

Example #9 :

give a talk on a technical topic that you're passionate about at a meetup, conference or event

Example #10 :

write a useful blog or an article that gets shared a lot

Conclusion

To summarise, strategic career goals that software developers should aim for in 2021 are:

  1. become an expert in a domain, technology or language
  2. work on a system that has X scale or complexity
  3. get to a specific job title
  4. work at a prestigious tech company
  5. start a side hustle
  6. make your first sale of a software you wrote
  7. mentor someone and see them get better over time
  8. help a new person on your team onboarded and get started
  9. give a talk on a technical topic that you're passionate about at a meetup, conference or event
  10. write a useful blog or an article that gets shared a lot

The future of work is here

The technology industry is one of the fastest-growing industries today. The future of work has arrived for software developers. I know for a fact that it is different than work we know previously and thus requires different mindsets and skills from software developers to be effective in their role.

Get ready for the future now

What’s more β€” it is estimated that sixty percent of all new jobs in the twenty-first century will require skills that only twenty percent of the current workforce possesses. What this means is that you will need to be flexible, adaptable and always be learning and growing in your career to thrive in the future of work. So set strategic career goals in 2021 and set yourself up for success in your role today and beyond!

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giang vincent • Edited

Short, enough and clear. Love this post.

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Isabel Nyo Author

Thank you!

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aman894

This post has me all pumped up for this year :)

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Isabel Nyo Author

Thank you!

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RealToughCandy.io

Good list of career goals, especially Leadership and Community.

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Isabel Nyo Author

Thank you!

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Andrew Baisden

Great post we get nowhere in life without having ideas and goals to follow.