The Developer’s Edge

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Are you stuck in your career?

Health, work-life balance and self-actualization are all important aspects of our lives. When our career prospers, we also prosper.

Unfortunately, many software developers are stuck without getting a chance for a promotion or a payrise beyond inflation.

Some developers have entered a career path resulting in 80 hour workweeks. The same developers often live alone, as they have no time for a relationship. At least their high salary pays the medical bills.

Some developers maintain legacy code all day. They spend half a day trying to understand spaghetti code, and the other half of the day on Facebook and Youtube, trying to ease their frustrations.

Some developers are terrorized by their project manager or their lead. A selected few even feel the pressure caused by the bad financial situation of the company, and fear about getting fired in the next downsizing round.

  • Are you fully satisfied with your career path?
  • Are you working for the company of your dreams?
  • Do you know where you are heading towards?
  • Does your current salary reflect the value of your efforts?
  • Do you feel confident when communicating with your managers and your peers?
  • If your job was gone tomorrow, would you be able to quickly find a great job?

 

If you answer all the questions with a confident yes, you have most likely already worked on most of the skills that elevate your career.

If you have some no answers, don’t worry! There is a path to career mastery.

What path leads to career mastery?

Throughout my own career, I have been continuously searching for ways to improve my own career. During my university years, I talked to a lot of people in the industry.

One of my instructors told me, how hard it was for him to find professional, reliable, and skilled software engineers in his company. Instead of taking responsibility, a lot of people just deliver the necessary minimum. Except for a few universities, the bar is continuously lowered. As a result, the knowledge of graduates inflate more and more.

Yet, even if you do your best to become a professional software engineer, you may find that many people around you don’t share your view on professionalism, ownership, and taking responsibility. Some of these people advance in their career not because of their performance, but due to some character traits that enable them to speak up, and assert themselves.

As I focused on my studies, and becoming a professional, I lacked most of these skills. Throughout my ten year career in software engineering, I had to assemble my own communication style, raise my low self-esteem, and grow to become a credible leader. This transition did not happen overnight. I read book after book, took course after course to improve.

Some of the courses were very basic. Other courses do not target software developers at all. For instance, when I was shopping for salary negotiation courses on the Internet, I was disappointed with the quality of advice I got. People who had never worked in my industry, were trying to give me negotiation advice, without considering my personality, and my relationship with my managers. Yet, instead of returning the course, I started thinking, how I can work on the advice I got as a framework, and tailor it to my own needs. I was always satisfied, whenever I could take just one idea, and implement it in my life. Later, results proved that my approach was right.

I am now ready to share the knowledge I have gathered.

I will teach you how to to implement many little improvements in your career and in your personal life. These changes lead to massive results over time. This is why it is virtually impossible not to gain a significant advantage in your career, if you implement some of the advice in this book.

The Software Developer Career Compass bridges theory and practice with exercises at the end of most sections. Therefore, you will not just read generic advice. Considering your own situation will make a difference. Given that each and every situation is different, the Software Developer Career Compass will sometimes require to think about your own career, instead of following a path, that is not meant for you.

In this book, you will learn the following:

The Developer’s Edge

How To Double your Career Speed with Soft Skills

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