Have your cake and eat it
Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘having your cake and eating it’? In this sense it means that once you have eaten your cake it’s gone, you can’t eat it and then it is still there. The phrase basically means you can’t often have too many things at once, they don’t always go together. This can be similar in development, you may love your job but there are a few drawbacks.
What is development?
A career in the development sector can take many forms. A developer may create digital infrastructure or software programmes. Often developers work for several companies doing a variety of projects. Nowadays, developers also need to understand the sector they are working in for example;
- Sound design
- Human resources
- music /the arts
Technology affects most industries, so both small and large companies will often need experienced developers to help them out. In addition, as technology moves forward at such a fast pace, industries constantly need new up to date software to stay current with the trends. A lot of developers love their job and you will need to as they spend a lot of time sitting at a desk on a computer. As well as you having to solve puzzles and challenges along the way. Skills you may need are;
- Problem solving skills
- Computer skills
- Analytical skills
- Attention to detailThere are several benefits of being a developer such as; the salary. This one is attractive to most people because who wouldn’t want to be paid more? They earn a very good salary, above the national average. There are plenty of developer jobs so it’s likely that you will not be short for a job. In addition, there is an opportunity to freelance therefore, you can work when and where you want to work to fit around any other commitments.
However, going back to having your cake and eating it, there are several curveballs when being a developer, these include;
Stress: jobs in development can be stressful, especially around deadline times. You will need to be able to stay calm and work under pressure.
You will be sat down for a large part of the day: initially this may not sound like a problem however, there can be long term effects if this problem is not counterbalanced. It can cause you to put on weight, affect the heart and increase the risk of diabetes.
You will always need to educate yourself: this again may not sound like a bad thing but it can be stressful trying to always learn new things to help yourself on the job. Some developers have had to teach themselves about new tools, frameworks and even a new language.
Competition: this is an extremely competitive sector to go into as it’s a very sought after job with a good salary and decent working conditions. The demands for the job are high so people wanting to go into this sector will have to differentiate themselves from others by broadening their skills and experience.
Long hours: when deadlines are near you may have to work long days or even weekends. Developers may also have to do this if a site or system crashes. However, if you enjoy your job this may not be an issue but for others it could be if you have other commitments you need to tend to.