Actionable advice on how to become a software engineer from Springboard
In an effort to help graduates land high-paying jobs, Springboard often compiles career outcomes reports to determine current salary figures, career trajectory projections, and in-demand skills.
Recently, Springboard looked into career outcomes for their Software Engineering Career Track -- the first career-oriented software engineering/web development bootcamp with deferred tuition and a job guarantee. This process involved interviews with hiring managers, and curating a variety of reliable sources.
Below is a list of the resources that Springboard compiled while researching outcomes, along with some key takeaways for each source:
- The day-to-day of a software engineer often involves a mix of “concentrated” blocks of deep work time, followed by emails/meetings that are more transactional.
- There are significant geographical variations in salary and compensation, so you want to be aware of where the highest-paying jobs are in software engineering.
- Top companies like Microsoft often have slightly different interview processes than other companies -- you’ll want to get acquainted with each individual interview process.
- Expect a mix of technical and case study/behavioral interview questions.
- Hiring managers prefer candidates who display ability in multiple programming languages, with one hiring manager specifically calling out that he prefers engineers with some experience in Java and C++ as well as the ability to write scripts in a language such as Python.
- Software engineering interviews often involve a “take-home” challenge where you have to debug or test something.
- The average salary of a software engineer in 2020 is above $100,000.
- Growth for software engineering roles is projected to be strong, almost twice the relative growth of all other occupations according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The outlook on software engineering as a field is very bright, with lots of strong job growth expected for at least the next decade.
- In 2019, US News & World Report ranked software engineer as the #1 best job in the United States based on unemployment rate within the field, median salary, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.
- Spending time coaching other software engineers and mentoring them is important once you’ve become a software engineer yourself to advancing to the senior stage of your career -- it ends up building your experience towards becoming a tech lead then onto roles as a CTO/VP Engineering. It’ll also help you advance more directly because you can essentially train your replacement.
- Even when you’re hired for a software engineering role, learning and practicing your programming skills can help you advance your career even further. It’s best to think about software engineering as a practiced skill that requires constant learning and iteration.
- There are two types of management and leadership positions, with managers focused on managing systems and some focused on managing people.
Springboard’s job guarantee on the Software Engineering Career Track (get a software engineering job or your money back) is successful because of the amount of research and resourcing that goes into placing graduates into jobs.
This is how we’re able to achieve a 99%+ placement rate and as of March, 2020, an average increase of $26,000 in graduate salaries -- the career curriculum informed by research with hiring managers, personalized career coaching, and detailed outcomes tracking means that every Springboard student is set up for success. Data-driven outcomes are tailored to not only help graduates land a software engineering job, but also to make sure they are the best position possible to grow their careers and salary.