This article provides two major clear cut answers for the famous question in society, how to become a software engineer..?. let’s jump on to the topic…!
1. Become a Software Engineer Without a Degree
This section talks about 5 step process of becoming an SE without a degree. OK. Here we go..!
Step 1: Select a Programming Language to Learn
There are hundreds of programming languages available in the world. First of all, you need to do a small research about programming languages based on the following factors.
- Popularity of the Language
- Resource Availability to Learn
- Platform Type and Effectiveness
- Job Opportunities
- Annual Salary Range
1. Popularity of the Language
This refers to number of people/companies in the industry who are using the language. You can simply check the latest programming language popularity ranks using Tiobe Index.
2. Resource Availability to Learn
The best resource holder in the modern day is the internet. You can google for your favorite programming language tutorials. If you are lucky, you might get tons of tutorials…!
3. Platform Type and Effectiveness
The platform type refers to types of applications can be developed using the language Eg: Web, Desktop, Mobile, or Integrated. Effectiveness means the number of lines required to execute a particular task.
4. Job Opportunities
Just search on any popular recruitment website in your country and you will get the trending programming language of the season.
5. Annual Salary Range
One of the most important part of being a software engineer is the salary. You can get some idea about software engineer’s annual salary based on programming language that they used from following Business Insider article.
Step 2: Select an Online Course
Online courses are more popular among the community these days. There are two types of online courses available namely, Free online courses and Paid online courses.
Let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both the online course types.
1. Free Online Courses
As the name suggested, these courses are 100% free of charge. The best free online course platform is world-famous Youtube.com. You can just search using “your selected programming language for beginners” Eg. C# for beginners, java for beginners, etc… on youtube.
You will get many results based on the popularity of your preferred programming language.
Select a tutorial that is famous and attracts you a lot. Some times, the famous tutorial on youtube might not be your favorite. However, give the priority to your favorite.
2. Paid Online Courses
The primary advantage of paid courses over free courses is, you will get the exact thing you expect from an online course. Still, you will have to take a close look at a particular course. (Atleast watch the trailer of the tutorial carefully before you pay for the course.)
Step 3: Start Coding With a Model Project
Once you have learned enough theories about your particular programming language, just apply your theoretical knowledge that you obtained to develop a small model project. Eg. Basic calculator, Factorial counter, etc…
You might not be able to complete your project 100% accurately at once. Instead, you will have to spend a few hours/days working on the project. Don’t be lazy. Just remember the term “Practice makes perfect”.
Step 4: Start Making a Big Project
While working on smaller projects, you can think of a bigger one with many varieties. Varieties in the sense, different functionalities available in the project. In-order to learn new skills, varieties are a must.
In the end, with lots of programming skills and experience, you can achieve your ultimate goal.
2. Become a SE With a Degree.
Even though here it is mentioned as a degree, it might not an exact degree. It can be a diploma or higher diploma(associate degree) is well.
Step 1: Get Related Education
You can find relevant software engineering or IT courses(diploma, higher diploma, or bachelor’s degree) through different sources such as,
- Asking from a industry professional
- From a news paper advertisement
- From the internet/social media
To find a good software engineering or IT course, you can follow either one or more sources mentioned above.
Finding a better course also included finding a better institute is well. A better institute may consist of a good history of producing professionals to the industry, related and up to date course content, acceptable price range, etc.
By doing a software engineering or related IT course, a student may get broad knowledge about the subject area. Still, you have to master or polish your knowledge and skills in a particular area of interest.
Step 2: Mastering Programming Skill
As a software engineering or IT student, you will be able to learn a few programming languages during your stay in the course. Also, you will learn programming and software engineering concepts are well.
Learning a few programming languages, do not lead you to become a software engineer. Instead, you have to learn one or more programming languages thoroughly by your self(what you need to do is self-learning…!).
As a software engineering student, you can follow the steps below to master your programming skills.
Step 1: Use Both the Theoretical and Practical Knowledge Obtained from the Course
You can try the practical coding examples that you learn in the classroom and analyze your code with the theoretical knowledge that you obtain from the course. Not only that. Also, you can check the code you write with programming and software engineering concepts that you learn in the course. Eg: Object-Oriented Programming Concepts, etc…
Step 2: Follow a Free Online Course
As mentioned in the step 2 of the previous section, following a freely available online course can help you to enhance your knowledge gathered from your course. Another advantage is that you will be able to easily understand the theories and concepts taught in the online course with the help of your software engineering or programming course knowledge.
Step 3: Select a Project that Interest You and Start Coding
While you are studying the course, you may hear lots of different types of and sizes of projects or systems. You as a confident full software engineering student can try one that interests you.
For a software engineering student, following the above steps may not be a difficult task. But still, you have to do it to become a software engineer(A skill full one…!)
OK…hope you guys enjoy reading the article and add any suggestion in the comment section below…your valuable feedback are always welcome….!