The self-taught/online courses route
In our digital era, there is more information available online than ever. You can learn pretty much anything online and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home – and software engineering is no different.
There are lots of self-teaching courses and bootcamps available for software engineering online. They come in varying price brackets and some are more comprehensive than others. It is worth noting that studying in this way typically requires additional experience and a solid portfolio before you can apply to jobs with established software development companies.
Additional certifications and specialisms
After any of the above routes into software engineering, it will be critical to undertake additional certifications and training in certain specialisms. Software engineering is a difficult role and it is one that requires long-term and committed learning. To stand out from the crowd in any job application, you will need more than just one form of learning experience.
Even when in a software engineering job, you will require additional certifications from time to time to keep up to date.
Projects and portfolios
Creating your own projects and building your portfolio are both essential practices in becoming a software engineer. Software engineering is a highly practical skill and so to land any position, you will need to demonstrate your practical skills. This is particularly important if you haven’t taken the typical university route.
This is where you can get really creative. There is a whole world of software engineering waiting to be played with and experimented with. Make yourself stand out in the market with unique and high-quality projects and portfolios.