Are you thinking about starting your career as a software developer? Here is a list of #4 advice that will help you embark on your trip!
If you want to code the first thing you should do is spend a good amount of time studying and practicing the basics of your field. Εqually important is communication. There is no way you are going to get good if you cannot effectively communicate with your coworkers and mentors and mingle with other devs who have similar interests to yours.
Almost half percent of the professionals in our workspace are technology oriented, which means that they either code for a living or that they are part of a team that builds a new digital product or service.
We talked with Panos, George and Alex, who are software engineers working on the greek division of Covis, an IT service company based in Düsseldorf, Germany. They were happy to share with us some of their experiences that may come in handy for anyone interested in the software industry.
Their impression is that the profession is on demand in Greece and the options vary. They all have worked in various sectors of the industry and they have accumulated some advice for people who are about to dive in.
Tip #1 Start your career in a big company.
There are more resources and better opportunities to be involved in more complex projects. No matter the company, you will have the chance to find inspiring people and expand your network while you get multiple exposure in valuable experience. Not experience in terms of learning some specific tools and get attached to them forever, but being familiar with generally the principles and practices that will help you better understand how new tools work and decide which one will better suit your needs each time.
Tip #2 Have a passion about coding.
If you don’t then no worries, you will have many alternatives that could satisfy you as well. For people of our expertise the pool is full of a wide range of opportunities these days. Being willing to experiment will get you wherever you want to be. Open a GitHub account if you haven’t done so already, push your personal projects, let others know about you and your work!
Tip #3 Software development is a social process
The Greek capital may help you expand your horizons professionally-wise so you don’t want to miss any opportunities. Being full of interesting meetups, and strong communities is ideal for offering a first taste of concepts that interests you, finding mentors, and network expanding. For starters you could drop by our Monthly Networking Drinks and share some real time conversations with the people of our community. Joining community meetups is strongly recommended than only focusing on paid seminars. Developers’ meetups often keep an introductory level and they could help you understand without spending much time and money if the topic is something you would like to engage seriously in the long run.
Tip #4 The age of super-hero programmers has passed, it’s all about teamwork.
How do you find the most suitable teammates? Choose from the people you have worked with, you have tested the dynamics between you in the past and you were excited about your collaboration. Working with people you know and have built some level of trust between you boosts the productivity and the beauty in worklife.
Next week we will be flying to Spain to experience at first hand the coworking life in Malaga and more specifically in the creative hub The Living Room (TLR).
Olga Paraskevopoulou (founder of Stone Soup) and George-Carey Simos (Digital Strategist, Stone Soup resident), will spend 5 days in the beautiful Andalusian city in order to learn and exchange best practices, engage in learning experiences and knowledge transfer as well as to co-create and present a joint event at the hosting hub.
Stone Soup was selected by the European Creative Hubs Network (ECHN) and the Goethe-Institut and was awarded the Peer 2 Peer mobility grant. During the exchange Stone Soup and The Living Room Coworking will share experiences on how to scale a hub from a small operation to a successful and profitable business with space management technology and automation as a key component. We will also look into the great synergies that can happen, if we operate an agency within our hub and work on impactful projects with our members.
The exchange programme is supported by the Creative FLIP project, which is co-funded by the European Commission. Creative FLIP supports healthy & sustainable ecosystems related to Finance, Learning, Innovation & Patenting for CCIs in Europe. The project is implemented by a consortium of six partners, spearheaded by Goethe Institut Brussel and the European Creative Hubs Network.
We are very happy to be mentioned in the latest Nomad Capitalist article, titled: “The best coworking spaces in Europe”. It feels great when your hard work gets recognised!
Are you a digital nomad?
Nomad Capitalist is all about helping people like you “go where you’re treated best”. You may read the full article here and when the road leads you in Athens would be fun to pay us a visit!
Embracing the nomad lifestyle entails so many opportunities for expanding yourself either professionally or personally. Changing your basis frequently can be super exciting and could rock your world as you have the potential to meet so many people, be exposed to new ideas, different cultures and try new things.
It is helpful to keep track of local meetups and checking the local fb groups for digital nomads to find events relevant to you and generally keep an exploring attitude. Or you could go straight to the source of all the magic itself and mingle with the locals at hubs while you’re also having your work done. In a previous article we shared some tips you need to know to start working remotely and we vote for the first and fifth suggestions we mentioned there. Sharing some real time conversations on your break time with people from the local community may lead you to discover so many more than what you could merely by yourself.
Find your hub/ coworking space
Wherever you may happen to be, there are plenty of options for creative hubs and coworking spaces all over the world. Helping you with that choice there are numerous articles reviewing the crop of the cream of them, and many platforms (e.g. coworker etc) where you may find actual ratings of them.