Starting Your Career Off as a Developer: You Own Your Career

This article was inspired by the work of Riaan Nel (

Don’t count the days, make the days count.’ Muhammad Ali’s quote about training is just as applicable to your career as a software developer. Only you have the power to make each day count.

When you realise that you have control over your own success, you can take charge of your programming career. 

Keep reading for some of our top tips on owning your career.

Create Your Own Brand

An online portfolio is a great way to make yourself stand out and project your best self to the software development world. 

Start with a simple website to showcase your portfolio and tell your personal story.

Consider writing blogs about your expertise or your ideas. It shows people that you are passionate and you never know who might stumble across your profile and be impressed. 

Remember to Soft Pitch

If you don’t ask you don’t get. Networking is essential to getting ahead. Many people are too shy and keep themselves to themselves when it comes to the world of work.

Soft pitching means that you take the time to connect with people who may be potential collaborators in the future. It’s less aggressive than networking or cold pitching and it makes sure your personality and goals are aligned.

Looking for a good recruiter like e-Merge is also essential as they will put you in touch with prospective employers. 

Look at the Whole Picture

To succeed in your career you need to find balance in all areas of your life. If you neglect your personal relationships, diet, or fail get regular exercise, it is likely to show in your day-to-day performance at work.

It may seem like you should put your all efforts into work, but this could result in burnout. Take care to notice if your life is out of balance. You will thank yourself for it in the future.  

Reach Out to Others

Whilst you are in control of your career destiny, it doesn’t mean you are an island. Taking control means being proactive and not expecting the answers to arrive on your doorstep.

Introduce yourself to people, sign up to a e-Merge recruitment, consider getting a mentor and go to events related to your field of software development. 

Once you are involved with people in the same field and start making contacts and connections, you’ll be noticed and are more likely to pick up opportunities. 

Let Go Of What You Can’t Control

Focus on your own goals and don’t get too preoccupied with other people’s successes or failure. You can’t control other people’s careers so try to focus on your own instead. 

When you start comparing yourself to other people you can harbor a negative mindset. Remember that you can’t control your boss’s decisions or the wider economy. By letting go of this pressure, you will be free to pursue your own goals. 

Ready To Kickstart Your Career As a Programme or Software Developer?

We hope you are feeling inspired to own your own career as a software developer. Now you have the know-how to go out and get the career you want, why not let us give you a helping hand.

Click here to see what opportunities we have at e-Merge in software development.

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