When people pivot in their careers, especially from ones that are vastly different from software development, are fresh out of school, or reach a new stage of their career, they are often at a loss as to how they can provide value to their new industry or role. Even worse if they don't have a good career plan at their company. How do you provide value without direction?
As a developer, you might think that the only way you can contribute to your team is through the lines of code that you produce. But in actuality, the job of a developer is significantly more socio-technical than purely technical. As you progress in your career, the less tangible ways to provide value become more important. Learn how you can do that from your very first day.
Providing value as a developer for the following situations:
- Onboarding Experience
- Product Quality
- Team Culture and Alignment
- Peer Development
Before that, she was a business graduate with social media marketing experience at a small advertising agency in her hometown. When she became a developer, she experienced what many call "imposter syndrome" and often positioned herself as, "not that useful (yet)". Managers would tell her it takes time to develop the technical intuition and she believed them but it was still hard. Over the next 4 years, she found ways she could leverage her soft skills to provide value at work. She would like to share that with others who were once in her shoes.