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The Top 3 Skills That Will Catapult Any Developer’s Career

There’s no shortage of opportunities in the American tech industry.

However, it takes more than technical abilities and a pulse to succeed. In addition to the vast range of technology and coding skills a developer can gain, there are also many soft skills, like problem-solving ability, that an ambitious developer could work on to advance their career.

All this makes it quite challenging to determine where to best spend time on training. Below are three key areas you should consider investing your time and energy in.

Coding etiquette

Few things can be more frustrating than debugging messy code: It requires time to locate coding errors, sapping productivity. Fortunately, it’s easy to write clean, workable code that makes co-workers and supervisors happy.

Line breaks make code look more professional and easily readable. Sensible comments need to be as detailed as possible, yet short and to the point. Nesting clearly indicates the hierarchy of code blocks. Descriptive naming can show the intention of a particular piece of code.

In addition to the above best practices, there are also well-known standards within each developer community and organization. By sticking to these standards, you are going to build your reputation as a top-notch developer.

A desire to keep learning

The most valuable skill is know-how to learn, a skill that remains valuable as you get older. This skill is particularly critical in software development, because of the rapid transformations constantly taking place in the field.

First of all, it’s important to acknowledge you don’t know everything you need to succeed for the rest of your life. In fact, you shouldn’t even try to become a master of one specific framework or technology; things change way too fast in the tech industry. On the other hand, you must be able to get the knowledge you need for today and the curiosity to learn about the challenge you’ll likely face tomorrow.

A good habit is to regularly learn something new, like an unfamiliar programming language or technology, even though you may not use it. You might be amazed at how swiftly you can pick up a new skill thanks to the mental building blocks you already have in place.

Working with others

Although software development can be a bit of a solitary pursuit, it does require constant collaboration. If you can’t efficiently collaborate with other developers, supervisors and even clients, you will find your work difficult, regardless of your good ideas or valuable abilities.

Furthermore, being active in the software development community can significantly boost your career. Networking allows you to pick up technical tricks, work on your communication skills and find job opportunities.

At Thompson Technologies, we help talented tech industry professionals take the next step on their career paths. Please contact us today if you would like to learn more about how we can help you advance your career.

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