Life of a 21st Century Software Engineer

Life of a 21st Century Software Engineer

By 2026, the growth of software-related jobs are expected to increase by 24 percent.

Software engineers are more than just Hollywood’s version of hacker geniuses and lazy nerds living in their parents’ basement at 30. In reality, software development is comprised of professionals who mean business. Software engineers do not hide from broad daylight but instead lead changes in the society themselves.

In the 21st century, programmers and IT professionals have one of the most flexible work setting than any other field. Software engineers can work just anywhere, anytime. Teams can function well despite varying time zones.

Curious what it feels like to be a 21st century software engineer? Read on.


There’s no such thing as an “average day” for software engineers. Routine is what employees usually dread, but not for programmers. You’re in luck if you have an ambitious employer who envisions to shape the world. Each day is a challenge. Each day is an opportunity for growth and excellence. After all, nobody likes to get stuck in a humdrum.


As technology evolves, so does the people who build it. Imagine living in a world with no visionaries – we would’ve still been stuck in the stone age. What do Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Wozniak have all in common? That’s right – a vision. Everything you are enjoying right now has been imagined by someone 50 years ago. As the old adage goes, “The only constant in life is change.”


Technology is the future. Nobody knows what tomorrow holds but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare for it. There’s never a good time to become a software engineer than now. Available jobs for IT professionals has increased over the past decade and there are no signs that it will cease. Even if you did not graduate in computer science, you still have the chance to pursue a career in technology. There are plenty of tools and free tutorials that you can gain online – grab it.


Are programmers always single? That may not be the case for those who are living in the 21st century. A common misconception about “computer people” is that they are annoyingly intelligent and have low self-esteem. That may not be the case now. Instead, people who are in a relationship with programmers may tend to be more relaxed and happier. Why?

  1. Programmers usually earn higher than the average pay so they can choose to splurge on dates.
  2. Programmers tend to be more analytic. In arguments, they will always consider both sides.
  3. Programmers are more laid-back now considering they have more flexibility in their schedule.

These are not everything you need to know about a modern-day software engineer but you get the gist.

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Become an Effective Programmer with these Simple Tricks

Become an Effective Programmer with these Simple Tricks

Nobody is perfect but that should not be a reason not to execute excellence.

If you’re not satisfied with your current performance as a software developer, you still have all the time in the world to improve. Being an effective programmer means solving real-world problems in a cost-efficient, simple, and clean manner. Of course, there will always be people who will be better than us. Nevertheless, your goal is not to be above all else because someone will always be better than the other. Instead, your focus should revolve around how much you love what you do. 

Now’s your chance to be the best developer you can be. Here’s how.

Look for the Right Environment

No matter what each person’s work style is, the working environment will always play a big role in one’s productivity. Whether you’re extroverted, or introverted, or both – as a human, you need privacy. Doing your work in an overly open environment with too much noise pollution or traffic will surely distract you. Yes, you may often collaborate with your team, but a little sense of privacy is also essential to your mental health. One thing to note is that your workplace should promote a sense of relaxation, not a pressuring one. Make sure you work in an environment where you can focus well. Aside from the physical location of your work space, see to it that you also work with the right team wherein you can grow both in career and in your personal life.

Leave Work at Work

If you signed a contract with your employer to do 8 hours of work, make sure you only do 8 hours of work. As opposed to the usual corporate setting, you should not keep on thinking about work when you’re already out of the office. It is your responsibility to be an effective employee and it is also your responsibility to take care of your well-being and live a wonderful life. Burning out yourself would not make you effective. Instead, it will make you feel lethargic and unmotivated for the next day. Learn to use your energy accordingly and don’t spend it in one place such as the office.

Invest in Paid Tutorials

There is a plethora of free tutorials online but most of the time, those are the tutorials that are suited for beginners. If you’ve been a programmer for quite sometime now, it’s time you invest in paid learning like books or online subscriptions. Some even say that investing in education is better than investing in stocks. Education, when applied in the real world, will bring you even more stable money cash flow in the long run. Do not regret paying for that video training class, you need it more than you know.

Keep in mind that in order to become an effective programmer, you need to make improvement a habit and not just a one-time destination.

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