This article is for all the developers, coders, programmers out there who are looking to make a jump in their career after having had a few years in the industry (or you may be just starting out but would like to see the sort of path you have to go on). This article is for those with a simple desire:
What Do We Want?
We all strive to be better at our jobs. What the specifics of that statement may be is up to the individual person. However, most people can agree on a few common things:
- We don’t want to go through life being seen as ‘incompetent’
- We want to be respected by our coworkers
- We want to feel smart and accomplished
- We want to feel appreciated as a senior developer
What Is A Senior Developer?
Take a look at any job board and you’ll see a slew of profiles and listings with the title “Senior Developer” in them. But what exactly makes this employee Senior? Usually, someone with this word in their job title has been in their field for a certain amount of time or has a specific amount of work experience. So we were a little shocked when 30% of developers we surveyed in 2016 that identified as a “Senior Developer” were in their 20s. We assume that for many people, seniority is more about expertise within a topic and scope of responsibility, not just pure years of experience. These are the 6 core skills you will need to be considered a senior developer: