Peer-to-peer: How to build a career in software development

Four developers explain how both careful planning and following the unexpected have helped them build their dream careers

Mitch Pronschinkske at DZone has interviewed four working developers for insight into how they came to software development as a career. Arian Celina, a software developer and course instructor at the American University in Kosovo, notes the importance of both learning and teaching in career development:

I think the biggest factor that helped me reach the position I am in today is teaching. I have taught programming for four years now. Teaching has helped me in two ways: 1) It pushes me to learn more in order to teach students better 2) I believe in the philosophy that sharing is how we learn more ourselves.

Jeremy Likness, a principal architect, also notes the importance of learning on the job, even in unexpected ways:

I recognized early on that the web was going to be very important so in the mid-nineties I asked my supervisor to transfer me to a small team working on web-based software. I was a development manager and the change was considered a demotion, but I knew I had to move from mainframe computers into web development. I made the shift and was able to promote myself back to my original position in a few months, only then I was writing web software using Microsoft VisualBasic, JScript, COM+ and XML.

See Mitch's post on DZone for more career-building insight from these developers. Also see the JavaWorld Programming Careers series collecting stories and tips from successful developers who have built their career on Java.

This story, "Peer-to-peer: How to build a career in software development" was originally published by Java Everywhere.

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