Programmer – Career Advice
Programmers don’t just write code. They’re part of the design process as well, working with managers and analysts to fully understand a project before getting to the coding, or re-coding, work required. System testing and creating a full, well-documented record of the entire process is also part and parcel of a programmer’s role.
Having a strong record of writing in specific languages such as Visual Basic, C++, Java, etc is the most obvious skill required, but the flexibility to work on your own or as part of a team, deadline management and good communication skills are also important attributes.
Employers tend to look for graduates with previous IT experience – even if it’s on a helpdesk – and relevant BTEC, SQAs or NVQ/SVQ qualifications can also help tip the balance in your favour.
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British Computer Society (BCS)
Offering a chartered status for IT professionals, the BCS provides a number of qualifications towards continuing professional development. They also strongly support exchange of knowledge and expertise, and membership can get you access to this community of information.
Institute of Analysts and Programmers
An organisation for those involved in the development of software and computer systems. Membership gets you access to an enterprising network of professionals, a number of professional services and advice and if you’re a consultant, or considering becoming one, your name goes on their register of consultants which can direct clients to you.
An organisation set up to promote and advance the work of programmers. Initially dedicated to C and C++ users it has branched out to include other programming languages. They operate a regular research journal and offer membership which provides access to a knowledge exchange forum, networking opportunities and study groups.
The UK Sector Skills Council for IT, connecting you with the training and qualifications you need to get ahead in the industry.
National Skills Academy for IT
A portal to short and long courses, apprenticeship schemes and information about careers, standards and systems. Great for figuring out if programming is the job for you and how you can get there.