A good software engineer practices and hones their craft in a myriad of ways, and some of those methods don’t include programming at all. Successful software engineers must be able to demonstrate that they are:
Logically minded problem solvers
Innovative and solutions-oriented
Effective interpersonal communicators
Proficient at coding
Eloquent at interviewing
Software engineers should be able to create solid code and work with a variety of languages, but they should also excel at the soft skills we discuss in detail below.
Now that we’ve discussed the soft skills, we can move onto the hard skills, some of which you might be more familiar with. A good software engineer should know how to code! This comes down to the fact that a good software engineer should understand the fundamentals of coding so they’re able to learn and transition to unfamiliar languages if necessary.
Also called OOP, object-oriented programming uses classes and objects. The point is to structure programs into small, simple, and reusable pieces of code.
To ensure your code works as intended, you’ll need to thoroughly delve into every feature and make sure there are no bugs.
With the right tactics, you can create quality code quickly. You can deliver a superior product by using strategies such as breaking up deliverables, prioritizing user experience, and planning for mistakes in advance. The goal is to be able to jump into any situation with varied programming languages and hardware but still be able to deliver a solid product.
At App Academy, our admissions processes includes a Non-Technical Interview, which provides a great opportunity to practice.
We look for our applicant's to be able to demonstrate the following:
Love of problem-solving and taking on challenges
Capacity to learn well under pressure
Willingness to accept and implement feedback
A deeper “why” for a career in software engineering than just a higher salary
An understanding of the day-to-day job
Then, once you’ve graduated, we offer career support to help you practice how to showcase these traits in your interviews with potential future employers!
Regardless of which program you choose, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to become a successful software engineer.