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Software Job Onboarding : Roles, Responsibilities, Industry

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Software Job Onboarding : Roles, Responsibilities, Industry

Requirements

  • No programming experience is needed.
  • You are exploring jobs in the software industry.

Description

The course is an introduction to the roles and responsibilities beyond designations.

No certifications or silver bullets exist for a long and fulfilling software career. Instead, the course provides a brief overview of the industry and processes from an experienced engineer’s perspective.

The main goal of the course is to make the aspirants aware of the big picture before they get caught up in confusing job descriptions. A prosperous career cannot be purchased or fast-tracked. It needs daily nurturing via habits and coherent knowledge.

Moving between different-sized organizations often leads to taking up multiple roles. Frequent job switching can lead to career path fragmentation. To avoid getting overwhelmed by the situation, one may choose to be aware of the bigger picture upfront. The fundamentals change at a much slower pace compared to trends. Build expertise around fundamentals for a great career.

Questions addressed in lectures

  • What is software engineering?
  • How to become a software engineer?
  • What does a software engineer do?
  • What is SDLC in software engineering?
  • How are features created in software projects?
  • What are the different roles in software companies?
  • What do QA engineers do?
  • What are the responsibilities of support engineers?
  • How is DevOps part of software engineering?
  • What is SRE?
  • What is monitoring?
  • What is observability?
  • What is Performance engineering?

Takeaways

  • Software engineering beyond coding
  • Business goals of possible employer companies
  • Kind of roles available in the industry for beginners/fresh graduates.
  • Components of software engineering
    • Algorithms, Data Structures, DevOps, SRE, SCM, etc.
  • Types of software companies
  • Types of roles in software companies
  • Answers to some commonly asked questions about careers in the software industry.
  • Understanding workflows across different roles and hierarchies.
  • Getting an idea about the complex role of a product manager.
  • Getting a sense of the complexity involved in outsourcing software engineering.
  • Understand the relation between system design and production issues.

FAQs answered during the course

  • Why do product companies demand a different skill set than service companies?
  • What is the difference between engineering managers in product companies and project managers in service companies?
  • Does a designation like “Senior software engineer” translate to the same responsibilities across all companies?
  • Why do service companies have a lot more designation levels compared to product companies?
  • Why do product companies tend to pay more?
  • Does getting an onsite opportunity mean huge progress in your career?
  • Should working in product companies be the sole purpose of a career in the software industry?
  • Do managers control my career?
  • I didn’t get a promotion. Should I focus on improving my skills or look for a new job instead?
  • I have 3 years’ experience. Can I move from testing to development?
  • Why do certain companies insist on certifications in job descriptions?
  • Why is having a computer science degree important to thrive in the software industry?
  • Should I focus on trends or fundamentals?
  • Should I stay at one company for a long time or keep switching jobs?
  • Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist?

Course Updates

[Aug. 2022]: Revamped lectures. Added Spanish subtitles.

[Sept. 2022]: New content added.

[Oct 2022]: Fixed Subtitles

Who this course is for:

  • You have just started your career in software and want to understand engineering as an organization
  • Students planning to apply for software jobs. Recent graduates from developing countries are strong contenders for this information.
  • Begineer software or information technology engineers. People with designations like Software Engineer, Software Associates, Project Engineers, Software Engineers in Test, Support Associate, Customer Success Associate, and other entry level positions.
  • Beginners looking for career advice about software or information technology jobs in developing countries
  • You are feeling trapped in your current designation. Not clear about how to move ahead in career.
  • Beginner developers of Python, Java,C++,Rust, Scala,C, Terraform, JavaScript, ReactJS, Devops, Jenkins, Docker, Kubernetes

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