Managing your career is simply like riding a bike – to keep the balance one must keep moving.
For many talented software developers this means changing projects, teams or companies they work for. We all know this drill: new project – new technology, new company – new salary, that’s how it goes and, at first, everything seems fine.
However, if you are a software developer, you shouldn’t measure your career progress only by the variety of your technological stack and increase of salary offered by the company. There are people who followed this “I want more” road and end up:
Therefore, to be sure that your software development career is right on track, we recommend to measure the increase of your autonomy and/or decisiveness in the project, as well as few other characteristics of your working environment.
Naturally, when you take the first steps of your career, joining new development team as a junior or intern, you may expect quite low level of autonomy given. However, even at this point, it’s possible to recognise if the environment will really support your professional growth.
Simply, just ask yourself those questions:
At Idego, we do our best to find just the optimum level of support given, especially during the first year of career. We pay attention to what’s mentioned above and also adjust the complexity of tasks to the inevitable growth of skills.
How? The answer is simple: we talk on daily basis to synchronise about where we are on our journey together. And this method, let’s call it: natural communication, is not only applicable for interns and juniors.
What should change, how may you recognise that you’re not treated as junior anymore? And how to follow the right track?
Plenty of software developers, no matter if they’ve chosen to specialise in front-end or back-end, decided, or were almost forced to change a company to make actual career progress.
Fortunately, it’s not always necessary. At Idego we follow couple of methods to empower the career of our team-members and let them take things into their own hands.
First thing is obvious (at least for us): if you’re working with Idego since the beginning of your professional life, and you advance to a role of regular software developer – you know that. We communicate it transparently and follow with the raise of your salary, as well as discussion about new project perspectives.
However, if you work elsewhere, there are more signs that allow you to check if your company provides the optimum conditions for your career progress.
It’s really worthy to spend and hour or two, from time to time, and evaluate your working environment by asking yourself those questions. Well, it’s also valuable if managers, team leaders and decision makers do exactly the same, taking a closer look on the environment they’ve created.
At Idego – we recommend it!
That’s what should happen when your enter the senior level of software development career. There is a variety of paths to take: technological, managerial, business, even sales (if you’re fond of it). But there is one common thing: your impact range and responsibility scope should get wider and wider.
You may be the one who introduces new standards to the company. You may be the master of the process. Or the one who keeps the team aware of the top notch technologies and solutions. Whoa, you actually may be the one that creates them!
However, there are also some questions that may help you check, if answered with some recurrence, if your working environment really supports your professional development.
We hope that you find those hints and suggestions useful, no matter your current career level.
At Idego we are asking ourselves the same questions, as creating the environment where software developers may empower their career is not only simply cool and good thing to do. It is also straight and best way to provide our clients with solutions of great quality.
Do you want to empower your career with Idego? Check out our openings and apply!
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