Software Engineers develop and build computer systems, software, and application software. According to specialist recruitment firm Michael Page, Software Engineers are one of the most in-demand roles in the world, with 24 countries stating that they have an occupation shortage of Software Engineers. The increase in demand means that Software Engineers often benefit from a competitive employee package, making it an attractive career choice for many.

If you’re looking to upskill and pursue a career in Software Engineering, here are a few questions to help determine if a career in Software Engineering is right for you?

Are you dedicated to learning?

The Software industry is constantly evolving and there are always new languages and techniques to learn. If you don’t keep up to date with the changing trends, you’ll stagnate and struggle to progress.

Do you embrace new challenges?

With new languages and techniques come new challenges. As a Software Engineer you must constantly challenge yourself to solve issues with new and improved solutions, whether that’s through using a new language or trying a new framework. If you love a challenge, a career in Software Engineering is guaranteed to keep you excited.

Are you able to work with others and communicate effectively?

These skills are critical to a successful career in Software Engineering however are often underrated. Software Engineers have to collaborate on code all the time and will often work together to plan and solve problems and review each other’s code. It is often an interactive process to find a solution which is both efficient and readable.

Do you have strong attention to detail?

When you’re working on applications, there is a lot to keep track of and errors can creep in anywhere. It’s unlikely that any one person will be able to ensure their work is perfect at all times however having a strong attention to detail is key to minimise the possibility of bugs.

Are you a passionate problem-solver?

Software Engineers must be able to take feedback and use their own initiative to solve problems and improve their software. Your job will be to solve business problems with technical solutions so critical, logical, and creative thinking is essential.

If you think a career in Software Engineering is right for you, we can help. Our Women in Software Academy offers a full-time or part-time accelerated pathway to a career in Software Engineering. Over the course of the programme you will learn how to develop complex applications, learn how to find and fix bugs and create a website, all of which reflect the tasks you’ll be faced with as a Software Engineer.

For more information on the course syllabus, visit our blog here. Or to register your interest to join our next cohort of students, submit your details and CV here.