How to Become a Software Engineer (For Non-Indians)

Posted: July 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

How to Become a Software Engineer (For Non-Indians)

Software Engineering was recently listed by Time Magazine as still being the #1 career for pay/stress load. In spite of all the media hype about offshoring of these type of jobs, it’s still a job that’s in high demand. This article is for those considering Software Engineering as a career path.

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High School Preparation

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    You must love programming! If you’re in junior or senior high, and you haven’t yet explored programming, do so. If you’re not interested in math or science to begin with, you should probably explore other options.

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    Get all the math you can in high school like algebra, calculus, and geometry, it might be worth it if you try trigonometry and graphing. Try to advance to college level math before leaving high school, you’ll need a ton of math to complete any Computer Science program and Engineering program.

College Curriculum

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    Plan on getting a degree. With all the success stories of college drop outs becoming billionaire CEOs in the 90’s, there is a certain lure that “as long as I think outside the box and have outstanding problem solving and programming skills I don’t need a four year degree”. It’s difficult for entry level software engineers to obtain a position without a four year degree.

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    Qualify your degree by what you want to do. If your love is game design and you wish to enter that industry as a game programmer, you’ll need a Computer Science degree. If you want to work for IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Google, etc., then a Computer Science degree may be good for you. If you’re looking to work for a non-technical corporation building mostly business applications, consider a degree in Management Information Systems or one of the many business technical degrees now offered. This type of degree is best for most, because it provides management and general business skills and doesn’t focus on a lot of information that will not be useful to most.

Extra College Curriculum

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    Supplement your classwork with personal research. Search job boards and note what technologies are hot and buzzing. The colleges simply can’t keep up with everything, so you’ll need to buy additional technical books and teach yourself.

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    Unless you’re planning to get your foot in the door through an intern position, try to find side projects while in school. No one wants to take a risk and hire someone fresh out of school without projects under their belt. Internships are great at taking care of this problem, but unfortunately a lot of students can’t land an internship or do so only to discover they would prefer to work elsewhere. The only way to give yourself options is to find some non-classroom work to put on your resume.

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    Develop contacts with software engineers. If possible try to connect with software developers and work on some projects under their guidance.

The Difference Between Engineer & Programmer

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    Understand that software engineering is not the same as programming. Every software engineer knows how to program, but not every programmer is a software engineer. Here’s the principal difference between the two:

    • Software engineering is typically a group effort, with differing and often fluid roles and responsibilities for the group members.
    • Engineering projects have timelines, release dates, and considerable interaction between people responsible for various components.

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    Always do some extra activities apart from studies and related to any software that has some real time solution of any problem. Whenever you have free time spend it searching on the internet about new technologies in the market and also watch for the technologies that will be useful in the future.

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    After studying about all the fields related to Computer Science, choose a particular direction in Software Industry. Narrowing your choice down will help considerably in planning your career. Always think simple because the Software Industry itself is very complex.

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    Learn about the field. The major difference between programmer and engineer is simply that engineers design tools;hence those are used by programmers to build solutions.

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