If you want to grow your software skills, what’s the path? The software industry at large does not have the same level of support for career progression as other careers such as lawyers, doctors or accountants. In Professional Software Development: Shorter Schedules, Higher Quality Products, More Successful Projects, Enhanced Careers , Steve McConnell writes about the absence of career progression for software workers.
Our Software Industry Lacks Structured Improvement
McConnell writes that the software industry at large does not have the same structured improvement that some other professions have:
Private industry is not supporting effective career development either. Rather than experiencing a career progression, most software workers simply move from one project to the next without any structured improvement of their skills. Few technology companies even try to offer career support for their software workers and the software industry at large has nothing comparable to the career progression a physician would receive in a medical practice, an attorney would receive in a law practice, or an accountant would receive in an accounting practice.
Essentially, software workers pick up their skills as they move from project to project rather than following a structured path for growth.
Key Take Aways
Here’s my key take aways:
- The software industry at large does not have the same structured improvement that some other professions have.
- Many software workers pick up their skills randomly from project to project.
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