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Finding a Career as a Software Developer

Software developers create and maintain computer programs such as mobile apps, video games, or entire operating systems. They do this by using code to program software that makes these systems function. A good software developer understands user problems and how those problems can be solved by using software. Are you interested in being a software developer? I talked with SAP Recruiter Maxx Snow for some tips:

Know what kind of software you want to create

If you’re considering a career as a software developer or are in the early stages of your career, decide what you want to specialize in – back-end, middleware, or front-end:

  • Back-end houses all the information. Back-end developers create the programming that makes up the server-side functionality, the database of information that the program will draw from.
  • Middleware establishes what the user needs. A middleware developer connects the back-end to the front-end, essentially deciding what back-end information to feed the front-end, depending on what the user is looking for.
  • Front-end shows you what it looks like. Front-end developers link technology and design to create what a user actually sees (the Graphical User Interface, or GUI).

Learn the Coding Languages

Coding languages differ depending on what end you work on and what you’re programming. As the number of programmable devices grows – weather that’s mobile, back-end, desktop, gaming, etc. – developer skills need to grow along with it, and that means being up to date on several different coding languages.  SAP business software has its roots in ABAP and HANA, but SAP is looking to the future, and investing in the cloud. Therefore, we recommend being up to date on some of the popular programming languages that appeal to you, such as: Java, JavaScript, SQL, XML, R, Clojure, or Python.

What are recruiters looking for?

Recruiters are looking for candidates with coding skills, but don’t neglect those “soft skills” as well. Not only is it important that a developer can do the job, but he or she should also demonstrate an ability to work well with others. Be willing and eager to learn and to problem solve with a team, and to elevate those around you. As coding languages and needs evolve, the ability to collaborate with others will become a very important skill for developers.

What are the job prospects for developers?

There are three main paths for a software developer:

  • Work in-house for a company, probably a large enterprise. This job is safe and brings in a steady paycheck.
  • Work for an entrepreneurial, disruptive company. This can be a fun job, but there isn’t a lot of stability.
  • Be hired to develop apps for someone else at an “App farm.”

One path isn’t better than the other, it just depends on what you want.

 

Why work as a developer at SAP?

SAP offers tremendous learning opportunities and the ability to grow within a globally recognized enterprise. But what is unique about SAP is the value placed on its employees as individuals. We want to see each person succeed, and we encourage employees to build their own paths and position themselves for success. You will have the chance to meet and learn from people all over the world, which makes SAP feel less like a large enterprise, and more like a family.

Search for open software developer jobs here. Good luck!

 

Special thanks to recruiter Maxx Snow for letting me ask him so many questions!

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