So you want to be a software developer.
Being a software developer is a pretty great job for a lot of reasons. One of the biggest is the constant change of pace—one minute you’re working on a basic programming task; the next, you’re tackling an incredibly complex problem. It keeps you on your toes, and you never know what to expect.
Some days you’ll be mowing down a project with new features every couple of hours, and the next thing you know you’re working on an application-breaking bug for the next three weeks.
The point is, it can get crazy. If you’re one to give up easily, it might not be for you.
But for those with the right amount of grit, hunting down solutions to development problems can be immensely gratifying. Whether you get your answer from a developer with 20 years’ experience or from a ninth-grader on stack overflow, there’s always a solution for your problem—and it’s always rewarding to find them.
For me, the best part of being a developer is that feeling of utter victory you get when fixing an issue or building a new feature. This job is pure problem-solving, and it provides a huge feeling of accomplishment. It’s a daily challenge, but you never stop learning—and it doesn’t hurt that working as a software developer increases your skillset and value to just about any employer.
CleanSlate is a place where you’re surrounded by experienced developers in an environment built for productivity. With food and drinks, a basketball hoop, a pool table, and other great perks, you’ll find that our workplace is geared towards the employee’s comfort and enjoyment. While this might not be true of all development shops, many have this type of laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, and it’s a great perk of the job.
Another perk that many developers enjoy is flexibility. Here, you can come into work and leave whenever you prefer—you can basically make your own schedule so long as you get your work done. You can even work from home in many cases. It’s easy to see why CleanSlate was named one of the Best Place to Work in Indiana in 2017!
At the end of the day, being a software developer is a great job with a lot of responsibility and flexibility. In addition to making your own schedule, it’s up to you to decide when an application is stable and finished. Of course, when something goes wrong after you’ve released it, there’s nobody to blame but you—which makes it incredibly important to do excellent, careful work.
Then again, if you’ve been a software developer for long, you already know that no matter how careful you are, issues inevitably pop up with applications. But hey, that’s why they keep us developers around, right?