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Isabel Nyo
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8 Golden Rules for A Successful Software Developer Career

Here are a collection of my articles for software developers and engineers to help you in your tech career.

1. Always be learning

Tutorials fatigue โ€” itโ€™s real. If you think youโ€™re learning something by going through endless books, videos and tutorials then youโ€™re simply wasting your time. Pick a few options, be it books, videos or any other format and stick with them. Chances are what you learn in a video will be very similar to another tutorial that youโ€™re reading on the same topic. To give you another example, I did a quick search on Amazon about React Javascript framework and there were about 700 books on the topic, a few of them even have the exact same book title, Learning React. There is no way you can get through all the books, and even if you did, it is no guarantee that youโ€™ll become an expert at React or is it a good use of your time.

Common Learning Mistakes That Developers Make And How to Avoid Them

2. Build lasting habits

Bias towards action. When youโ€™re stuck, when youโ€™re given a new piece of information, or when youโ€™re feeling dissatisfied being in your comfort zone, take an action, however small that action may be.

Forty Daily Habits To Transform Your Life (Even When You WFH)

3. Protect your time & energy

Albert Einstein once said that, โ€œIf you feed your mind as often as you feed your stomach, then youโ€™ll never have to worry about feeding your stomach or a roof over your head or clothes on your back.โ€ Creativity doesnโ€™t happen in a vacuum. We need to constantly feed our mind and soul with new ideas, new ways of thinking and new information. In this day and age, we have no excuse not to learn. Information is at our fingertips; whether you prefer to read a book, read a magazine, listen to an audiobook, listen to a podcast and even browse social media, as long as you choose what you consume mindfully and carefully, youโ€™ll be feeding your mind with good knowledge.

How to Still Be a Maker When Youโ€™re a Manager

The art of finding a good balance and being at peace relies a lot on controlโ€Š-โ€Šand surprisingly, it is not about having a lot of control. It is about giving up control and not trying to control what you canโ€™t. There are some things in life that just cannot be controlled.

Your Guide To Conquering Burnout and Eliminating Overwhelm

4. Eliminate limiting beliefs

I Am Going to Fail When I Get Promoted Because I Donโ€™t Know How to Do Everything That the Next Level Requires

This limiting belief is very common and also quite relatable for high achievers and women. Funnily enough, I belong to both categories. The underlying reason for this limiting belief is a fixed mindset. Having a fixed mindset means you think a personโ€™s qualities and attributes are fixed and cannot be changed or developed.

But we all know for a fact that nobody was born with all the skills and knowledge that they would need in their life. Similarly, while you donโ€™t know everything that the next level requires, you can learn and develop the necessary skills and attributes.

Replace this limiting belief with: โ€œMy ability to learn and grow is limitless.โ€

Six Limiting Beliefs That Are Holding You Back From Getting Promoted and How You Can Conquer Them

5. Showcase your skills via a killer resume

Whatโ€™s one thing that youโ€™re known for in the industry? It could be a specialised skill or a specific type of company or environment. For example, improving website performance or working at finance-related companies. Not sure what youโ€™re known for? Look back at the last few years of your career, the projects that youโ€™ve worked on, the companies that youโ€™ve worked for and identify some patterns. The thing with becoming better at anything is the amount of consistent practice, so itโ€™s more than likely that your speciality is something that youโ€™ve been doing repeatedly.

5 Steps to Creating a Resume for Tech Jobs

The Perfect Resume Template: gum.co/perfectresume

6. Pursue a side hustle

Idea 2: Teach technical skill via an online course

Online learning has been around for a while, but with the increase of remote working, work from home, and social distancing, it has become increasingly popular, and the preferred medium for sharing knowledge.

Ten Side Hustle Ideas For Web Developers To Make Extra $1k A Month

7. Set 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 can be categorised as:

โ€“ Technical goals

โ€“ Job goals

โ€“ Entrepreneurship goals

โ€“ Leadership goals

โ€“ Community goals

10 Strategic Career Goals For Software Developers To Have In 2021

Code repository works as a place to showcase your capabilities in technical craft, how you stay involved and active in changes in technology landscape and what kind of tinkering you do outside of work (eg: hobby projects).

How To Increase Your Visibility As A Developer Via Your Personal Brand

8. Know how to interview well

Never say, โ€œCode reviews are a waste of time. Everyone should just write good code.โ€

Firstly, code reviews are a good thing. If you have never had a commercial experience with code reviews before because you have just graduated or your previous companies didnโ€™t use it, it is ok to say so but as a technical person and a developer, you are expected to at least understand why it exists. Code reviews are not there just to detect code smells. It is also for knowledge sharing and for ensuring that coding standards and requirements are met.

Interview Skills For Software Developers

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As everyone knew, getting jobs in this pandemic is not that easy but if you are looking for any govt jobs specially in india then this is not helpful to you in this. But yes if you are looking for doing sarkariprep.in/en/ from home then you must have many options. in up govt jobs is important but you need to crack the exam and for that you need to take online test in hindi take that sarkariprep.in/ and be able to get the job.

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Setting career goals is as important as anything else and ofcourse they should be based on your own personality and what you are really into. that being said, here most people in india tend to go with sarkarijobs.com/government-jobs/ government jobs providing more security and stability, it really comes down to individual choices. Skills development is another important point regardless.

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suraj negi

As everyone knew, getting jobs in this pandemic is not that easy but if you are looking for any govt jobs specially in india then this is not helpful to you in this. But yes if you are looking for doing job from home then you must have many options. in up govt jobs is important but you need to crack the exam and for that you need to take online test in hindi take that online test and be able to get the job.

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Blackmandfg

Suppose you want to find a new job like your previous position. In that case, you probably are interested in getting good pay and benefits. However, getting a new job tends to take some time, especially if you are unemployed. So how do you decide when is the right time to start looking for a new job? You need to evaluate your current position and the job market at your current location. Make sure you are happy with your current salary and benefits package. I found my job on sarkariprep.in/govt-jobs/. I feel delighted with it.

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suraj negi

As a developer it is very important to learn maths and specially maths formulas

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