Software developers who are looking for a raise or who doesn’t want to be left behind are constantly inventing ways to improve their skills, themselves, and their environment. The corporate world in general, not just in software development, waits for no one. However, there is nothing to worry about if you have a strategy in mind. These short tips might help you.
Have a Portfolio
Even if you are not planning on getting a coding job on the side or applying to another company, having an updated portfolio may come in handy in the future. You never know when opportunities may come knocking at your door, which is why you should have some proof to show your work. Perhaps you may want to be promoted or work in another country, this portfolio of yours would be of great help. Spend at least 2 hrs each week viewing or editing your portfolio because you never know when an opportunity of a lifetime comes.
Have a Passion Project
Just because your work in the office has become a routine doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone and build a personal project that may either be paid or not. But even if you don’t get any monetary benefit from it now, think long term. One of the perks of having a coding passion project on the side is that you won’t be afraid of experimenting and testing your limits. All the things that you’ve always wanted to do at work but can’t may be done through a personal project.
Have a Curious Attitude
Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat especially when it comes to career. Stay curious on what the tech trends are. You don’t have to put everything into practice but having knowledge about it and how it relates to your work will help you thrive in a fast-evolving tech environment. Who knows, you may even suggest it on your next team meeting and may be your ticket for promotion? There is nothing wrong with being ambitious and constantly wanting more when you do it with mindfulness.
Have a Companion
Some things in life becomes extremely better when they are shared with someone. This also applies to self-improvement. Whether it’s your coworker, your friend, or your spouse, having a partner would help you enjoy the process of advancing in your career. Organize a time with your teammates in gathering information then brainstorming on ideas. This can boost your mind and your career as well.
The software development and IT industry doesn’t stay stagnant – it evolves, and you should too!