Software development: expectation vs. reality

Written on: 20 October 2022

Written by: Anna Peart

Topic

[Apprentices]

Are you thinking about a career in software but are worried that you won’t be the right fit for the industry? Maybe you’re worried that your knowledge isn’t strong enough, you haven’t been to university or simply feel that a career in this sector is out of reach.

Whatever your circumstances, we recognise that there are many misconceptions related to careers in software development, so we’re debunking them in this blog!

Expectation:

Software Developers require a degree

Reality:

To start a career in Software Development, you don’t need to have a university degree. With more and more alternative paths to learning coding, a computer science degree isn’t necessary to be successful in this sector.

Whether you undertake a coding course, teach yourself or start an apprenticeship, there are many ways to get your foot in the coding career ladder.

At Baltic, our software apprenticeships combine practical teaching, real-world job experience and self-study coding courses – helping you become a well-rounded software developer without a university degree under your belt.

Expectation:

You will use technical skills only.

Reality:

Software development is one of the most creative fields in the tech industry! While you might see fictional programmers relying on cold hard logic to get the job done, in reality, it’s skills like creativity, imagination and problem solving that makes the difference between a good and a great software developer.

Expectation:

You will spend all of your time writing code.

Reality:

The role of a typical software developer is a varied one. This means that you won’t be spending 100% of your time purely coding. You’ll also need to take on other duties including designing, debugging and testing code. While you might not think that sounds particularly glamorous, it’s vital to the success of any software project.

Expectation:

All software developers are male.

Reality:

While it is true that the tech industry has traditionally been male dominated, women have also been involved with advancements in computer software throughout the history of coding.

More women are breaking into tech roles than ever before, so if you’re a female interested in coding, don’t let gender stereotypes prevent you from chasing your dream!

Expectation:

Only experienced developers will be successful in the industry

Reality:

A common misconception is that new developers need a high level of technical skills and knowledge in order to land a job. Thanks to apprenticeships, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Sure, self-taught coding knowledge is beneficial and will certainly come in handy, but a keen interest and willingness to learn will serve you just as well. Apprenticeship programmes are designed to give you everything you need to succeed, regardless of past experience.

Check our advice on how to start a career in Software Development here!

Expectation:

You have to be good at maths to become a software developer

Reality:

When it comes to becoming a software developer, mathematical thinking can be helpful when you first start, however, it is not something that software developers heavily rely on. So don’t worry, if you don’t have strong mathematical skills, this will not hinder your career in software.

If you’re thinking about starting an apprenticeship in software, some training providers will work with you to develop your maths knowledge if you feel like you would benefit from more support in this area.

At Baltic Apprenticeship, our learners all receive personalised training resources to help develop their functional skills knowledge – regardless if they have a maths or English qualification!

FIND OUT MORE:

If a career in Software Development sounds like the perfect plan for you, take a look at our Software Development Programmes here, or browse our current vacancies if you’re ready to get started.

You can also start your career in coding with our free Software Development Training Academy here.

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