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5 Reasons Kids Should Aspire To Be Software Developers When They Grow Up

5 Reasons Kids Should Aspire To Be Software Developers When They Grow Up

As a kid growing up, you are always encouraged to follow your dreams. Practically every kid in the world at some point in their life dreams of being a doctor, lawyer, police officer, teacher, or even a firefighter. It’s almost as if our society has preconditioned kids to believe that the only way you can be successful in life is to have a job in public service. While I do believe that public service jobs can be very rewarding, these jobs are not the only pathways to success and children should be taught that early on in their lives.[1]

Technology has become a vital part of the educational system in America over the last ten years.[2] A recent study was conducted on students and the activities they engage in on a daily basis and the reports were astonishing. According to this groundbreaking study, students spend approximately 7 hours and 51 minutes per day utilizing technology in some capacity.[3]

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With this increase in technology usage, students are now suddenly introduced to both math, science, and technology in a new and revolutionary way that makes software development an even more popular career choice than in the years prior.

Why exactly should kids consider software development as a career choice? Here are a few reasons why:

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Your Job Will Always Evolve

Most people quit their jobs year after year because they don’t feel challenged when they go to work. While some may enjoy being stagnant in their roles, there are many individuals in the world who feel their career growth is directly attached to how challenged they feel. Having a job in software development not only guarantees challenges, but it also guarantees constant evolution because technology literally changes daily.

High Demand

Every single day a brand new application is born on the internet. Because applications are constantly being built, the number of software developers need to increase in order to maximize the demand. Jobs in software development are responsible for apps, websites, and a host of other products and services we use on a daily basis, making the industry visible and demanding in unprecedented ways.[4]

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The Pay is Good

As a kid growing up, many kids dreamed of being doctors because, well, the job paid well. While software developers may not make the same as some medical doctors, the salaries are impeccable. According to Glassdoor, the average software developer makes about 85,000 dollars a year.[5] The best part of the salary is that you don’t have to spend your entire life in college (or in debt, for that matter) in order to make money in this industry.

Potential Loan Forgiveness

One of the ongoing conversations across the country is the growing number of student loan debt. Because of a bill presented by President Obama, students now have the option to have their student loans forgiven if they work in public service.[6] Because technology is a necessity in a variety of industries, the potential for loan forgiveness is unlimited as a software developer. A software developer could be a teacher that teaches students how to code, a software developer for the local police department, or even the software developer at your local library. If you’ve somehow gotten yourself into an insurmountable amount of debt that you’re hoping to eliminate immediately after graduation, the opportunities are definitely endless.

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Job Security

Unemployment rates across the country continue to go up and down, leaving many professionals wondering if their jobs will be necessary in weeks, months, or even years into the future. As a software developer, you are not exempt from layoffs, however, statistics have proven that those in software development are less likely to become unemployed (and stay unemployed) than any other, making this industry a place for job security.

It doesn’t matter what industry you choose to work in, especially when you’re a kid still trying to figure your life out. However, every parent should echo one sentiment into their child’s life, and that is to encourage them to always follow their dreams.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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