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Software Development

Software developers are the creative masterminds behind everything from your favourite computer game to your online banking app.

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What is software development?

“Software developer” is a fancy term for someone who writes code to build cool stuff. It’s an umbrella term encompassing people who build the parts of websites and apps that users can see (“front-end”), the bits you can’t (“back-end”), and those that do both (“full-stack”).

We have a separate page all about front-end development here.

It can be hard to convey how truly creative back-end development can be. It’s one of the most common surprises for absolute beginners who choose to learn to code. Fortunately, you don’t have to choose if you enjoy both – you can become a full-stack developer and enjoy creating both user interfaces, and the logic that makes them work under the hood.

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Is a career in software development right for me?

A career in software development is often intellectually rich, fast-evolving and financially rewarding, too. These days, people from all walks of life are choosing to retrain in tech (and we mean “all” – schools we partner with have trained people from delivery drivers to solicitors, ballet dancers to chefs!)

While an aptitude for problem-solving and a logical approach is important for this career, it’s not important to have a technical background or be good at maths. This is one of the most common misconceptions that holds people back from coding careers. As you might imagine, it’s also important to be computer-literate.

How do I become a software developer?

You can find out whether coding is right for you with an affordable introductory course. There are also some fantastic free courses online if you aren’t ready to make an investment. For many people, going to a coding bootcamp is a reliable way to get your first developer job, while others decide to attain a recognised qualification, like a degree, first.

Our take is that whatever path you choose, make sure you are learning up-to-date skills following an employer-driven curriculum. Many coding schools have excellent employer relationships, too.

Where could this career take me?

We’ve scoured the internet and found a whole heap of resources related to what life as a software developer is really like. Take a look at the links below to see what we’ve found.

Curve

Engineering Career Growth Framework

Google

Engineering & Technology Careers

Asana

Engineering Growth Paths

Monzo

Progression Framework for Development

GitLab

Engineering Career Development

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