Can Non-CS Students be a Software Developer?

Can Non-CS Students be a Software Developer?

There’s a girl named Natasha, she wanted to pursue programming for a very long time but she was confused and instead of CS she chose ECE. She later realizes that it is impossible to get her branch changed to Computer Science because the competition is too stiff and her 7 pointer is way below the cut-off of 9.6. After completing her graduation, she was unable to get a high-paying job with her low grades, with that she had no interest in ECE anymore. But it was too late to change or cry over her decision. She was not eligible for placements because of her grades and faced a really tough time finding a job.

After graduation, she is now stuck with:

  • A branch that she didn’t like but graduated under that

  • Cannot pursue her love for programming/coding

  • Worried about job and placement after college

  • Worried that her friends from CS background are getting placed in good companies and she’s sitting idle

  • Low grades

  • Worried about her family as she comes from a middle class family

 Are you able to connect with Natasha? Are you stuck with a non-IT job? Are you looking for a change in career from a non-IT sector to an IT sector? Are you from a middle-class family and want to build a career in tech so that you can support your family and live your life with all the luxuries? 

If the answer to these questions is yes, this blog is for you. Read on!

There are multiple examples of students from non-CS backgrounds who are working in the biggest IT companies with real programming jobs. So, it’s really clear that if they can do it you can do it too. 

But the main question that arises is what they did so differently to get into the IT sector. The answer is getting skilled, learning the tools/language that is being demanded by employers/ organizations. Now another question that arises is how you can learn those tools/languages. It’s simple- Take a course, read blogs, update yourself with the technologies that are in demand, practice programming yourself, build projects, solve real-life problems using programming skills, read a lot of books, and just practice, practice.

I know these are not as easy as it sounds, believe me, I know! 

Coming back to the problem, there is a common thing among students — they all wanted to study CS, but could not do so. What was more surprising was that most of them did not utilize the gazillions of programming resources available on the internet for almost free of cost.

Here are a few questions that students claim that they are confused regarding software development careers:

How should I proceed ahead?

Should I try Android app  development or learn Web development?

What projects should I work on?

What programming language should I learn?

How many programming languages should I learn?

How to make a website?

Should I try freelancing?

Which institute should I join?

Will I be able to learn programming in a few months?

How should I get assured that I will get a high-paying job? How should I apply for that? 

 

You can clearly add more to this list…

Let me share a real story about my friend, she did ECE from Manav Rachna college of engineering, Faridabad. She was unable to get a job due to less demand as well as her low grades. She heard about programming languages and their demand in the market, and as a result she joined one institute and learned Manual testing there. She got placed in an IT company and during that job she focussed on learning JAVA and Python practically. Later she switched to automation with Python and updated her skillset with a lot of other tools. Now she’s getting a 20 lacs package in one of the top IT companies. 

Lack of knowledge/awareness can hamper a student's careers. They need to be aware of multiple career options, the flexibility available to them to move into the IT industry. There is absolutely no barrier for any student to get into IT and work in the tech industry.

Now coming to the available resources in the market, there are plenty of resources on the internet that claim to teach you programming. You can’t trust all of them because the fact is that none of them give a proper roadmap and non-CS students find it really hard to figure out what should be done first and what should be done later. They choose a difficult topic and then give up easily. As a result, everything now depends on the choice of resources that students make to learn and become skilled.

I'm assuming you've taken a basic programming course, which is usually required in most colleges. This implies that you are familiar with at least one of the following programming languages: C, C++, Java, and Python. And with the quality of studies that happen in college, I am also aware that you just know the introduction part of these languages. (If it’s not your case then, it is wonderful that you know more than this- All thanks to your college and your discipline)

Let’s first talk about the demand for software developers, THEY ARE DEMANDED EVERYWHERE- whether a start-up, agency, MNC, Top tech company or a mid level company. I mean everywhere in all the industries. And with more and more new start-ups coming every day the demand will only increase. The starting salaries of software developers in India are typically twice the salary of other streams. Moreover, because software development is a very remote-friendly job, you will most likely be able to work from home at least part of the time.

Let us now talk about how exactly your approach should be to achieve your goal of becoming a software developer. (Your goal should be crystal clear)

#1 Choose A Good Software Development Language to Learn

Many people struggle when deciding which programming language (and framework) to learn when they first start. What is Ruby on Rails? Django and Python? What exactly is a MEAN stack? So many possibilities, thus a lot of confusion.

It's not difficult to switch to a new language/stack once you've mastered one. That is, if you want to become a software developer, your first goal should be to learn the fundamentals of programming.

#2: PICK A RESOURCE

If you are serious about this career, I would suggest learning directly from the masters. As Warren Buffett said, “The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. The more you learn, the more you'll earn.” 

Do your research and choose only the well-curated courses available out there. Decide and ask yourself whether you are more comfortable with self-paced or structured courses with deadlines and choose accordingly.         

#3: PRACTICE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SKILLS

After 12 hours of practice, you will not be able to become a software developer. It's simply not possible. You need to practice it daily. Use tools that software developers actually use while performing their jobs. Learn to use Git/GitHub. Along with that, make a habit of reading codes written by other software developers. You can do this by browsing GitHub repositories and reading documentation. This skill is also useful when debugging because it allows you to identify which pieces of code should not be present. By doing this you will be able to see how experienced developers do things.

#4: STAY UPDATED (BLOGS, NEWS, EVENTS, TECHNOLOGIES, ETC.) 

Read blogs, listen to podcasts, etc to stay close to the software development field and technology in particular. You need to be updated. Beyond that, you can follow tech thought leaders on Twitter or Instagram, join relevant Slack groups in your city, and/or join Facebook groups to incorporate tech into your daily life. This allows you to stay on top of new developments and decide what to learn next.

#5: BUILD CODING PROJECTS

While doing the course, you must focus on building your projects, because this is the only way you can apply your acquired knowledge. Don't just read tutorials and watch videos; put your knowledge to work. Solve problems as you go, just like regular software developers. And to build projects you have to have your fundamentals clear. Once your base is strong enough you can build anything over that. Software developers frequently need to be well-versed in computer science fundamentals, they must understand algorithms and data structures to solve complex problems with code and build their projects.

#6 APPLY FOR INTERNSHIPS/PLACEMENTS

The best you can learn is by doing. And internships or jobs are the only way you can test your own knowledge, learn more and the best thing is you can get paid. Taking on a technical side gig like freelancing projects or even internships will help you build your programming portfolio and practice on real-world projects. 

Or rather apply for jobs, while applying for jobs make sure to work on your resume, cover letter, and your own presence such as your LinkedIn profile, GitHub account, twitter, personal website. Prepare for interview test questions beforehand. 

As a developer, you will advance up the software development career ladder to bigger and better positions as you learn and grow. Grow your network, and impart your learnings to others also!

Always remember that:

  • After completing your course/training, you must be more focused on honing your skills by applying all of your knowledge to create open-source web development projects such as a portfolio website for your online showcase, an online shopping website, and so on.

  • After completing your projects' work, you must now manage all of your projects online as a link to GitHub and make a strong impression on the interviewer during the interview.

  • Make your portfolio worth looking at, your resume should speak about all the projects you have done, all the skills that they need are there in your resume.

  • Now, if you are ready to apply then you can apply for an internship in web development at the time of graduation and after completing your graduation you can apply for Job. This is similar for all the fields – Data Analytics, Machine learning engineer, full stack developer, etc. 

(And if your institute provides you the option of internships or placements like PERFECT E LEARNING does. You are good to go) But remember never stop learning even when you are doing your job, that way you will always be valuable to companies and they will be ready to give you appraisal, salary hike, etc.

With this, we have come to an end of our blog. Remember- A degree is not required to work as a developer. Many people have done it all on their own, through self-education and networking. And you can do it too. It is entirely possible.


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