Impact of tech­no­lo­gy in our dai­ly life will inc­rea­se with acce­le­ra­ting speed. Softwa­re deve­lo­pers are in good posi­tion for the coming futu­re as it looks right now. Skills are glo­bal and do not have bor­ders, in the sen­se that same skills are valid all around the glo­be. Deve­lo­ping the coding skills will open the bor­ders, and it will make pos­sible to sett­le up living on a loca­tion whe­re you want to. Inc­rea­sed workload caused by eve­ry day inc­rea­sing demand will keep deve­lo­pers so busy, that they are not having time to think and plan the own futu­re. Anyway it would be so impor­tant to reser­ve time for thin­king, and set the direc­tion for your own career. Just as a thought, wit­hout des­ti­na­tion the­re is never tail wind either.

The main career paths for deve­lo­pers are:

  1. The Coding Expert, pro­fes­sio­nal who choo­ses to be specialist
  2. The Ent­repre­neur (coding)
  3. Mana­ge­rial position

The princi­pal career options in tech­nical field are rat­her straight forward. Even so, it is not easy to deci­de what you want to do. Cul­tu­re and social pres­su­re in some count­ries can force to select an option, that may not be opti­mal, or is somet­hing you do not enjoy of doing. The exis­ting cul­tu­re in some work places may influence to the way you see the dif­fe­rent career options. As per my expe­rience from Fin­nish cul­tu­re, the coding cha­me­leon and Ent­repre­neur are very high­ly valua­ted career options in Fin­nish socie­ty. To make good deci­sion rela­ted your career you have to have dif­fe­rent expe­riences to form cul­tu­ral­ly unbia­sed view of things.

To be a coding expert you need to be rea­dy to inc­rea­se your skills in rele­vant tech­no­lo­gies and main­tain and adjust the skills port­fo­lio accor­ding the mar­ket deve­lop­ment. The same is valid as well for the Ent­repre­neur in coding. Anyway even with all this pres­su­re to learn, it seems that the coding is rat­her satis­fac­to­ry career choice accor­ding the stack overflow sur­vey.

The mana­ge­rial posi­tion will requi­re to learn people skills as futu­re orga­niza­tions will be more like “Teal” orga­niza­tions that are more and more self mana­ged. The soft skills in futu­re mana­ge­rial jobs are more impor­tant more hig­her you are on a lad­der. On top posi­tions people skills are even more impor­tant than tech­nical skills.

Inte­res­ting times ahead for all deve­lo­pers. It is impor­tant to know your­self, know what fits for you, and what kind of work will give you a satis­fac­tion, and then, set the target.