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17August 2018

5 Traits of Successful People in Tech

Unlike before, it is not just your resume that will get you a great job. Now, employers are more concerned with what you can do than what you have on paper. Especially in the tech industry, there are essential traits and skills (such as knowing how to code) that carry significant weight to employers. Let’s take a look at the underlying traits found in successful people in tech based on HackerRank’s 2018 Developer Skills Report.

They are eager to learn

One typical characteristic of every successful developer is his/her thirst to learn something new about coding. Research revealed that the majority of people surveyed had learned something about coding before they were even sixteen years old. But, of course, this doesn’t mean that they stopped learning right then and there. A great programmer is someone that is eager to continue learning and mastering new challenges.

Successful people in tech also know that they are their own best teacher. They spend a considerable amount of time trying to grasp new concepts by themselves and using various resources to solve problems. Because of this, you must be able to learn new challenges and continuously adapt to keep up with computing challenges that happen daily. The survey by HackerRank showed that while many of the developers had a degree in computer science, there was a considerable number of people who had never even attended a computer science class. It’s a skill that can be self-taught in many ways, and if coupled with the right experience, may certainly look better than a formal education to employers.

Technology is also constantly evolving, and thus every tool used will change over time. As a disciplined learner, you must be able to learn each new tool and also adapt to its “upgrades”. In order to be successful in tech, you must be able to keep up with these changes and stay ahead of them.

The expand their knowledge of new programming languages

There are several programming languages that a developer or any person in the tech industry is free to learn, such as JavaScript, Java, Python, C++ and many others. What differentiates the successful from the unsuccessful developers is the number of coding languages they know. Most great developers will tell you that they are proficient in four languages on average, and are still looking forward to learning four more. Of course, this takes a lot of effort and dedication.

They keep their skills relevant

Knowing many of the programming languages is advantageous to you as a developer, but it is not enough to land you your dream job. Research among many developer communities reveals that most developers spend a considerable amount of time trying to understand what their potential employer wants. You need to note that not all the languages are sought after, so it’s important to know which languages are most marketable in the industry today.

And this is where successful developers and talent in tech set themselves apart from the new entrants. Have you ever wondered why some people easily get a job, even after quitting another job? Well, it is not just about the experience. They know something that you might not know about what the employers are looking for.

They understand that experience always wins

As already stated, the employer will not want to dwell so much on your academic achievements, but what you can actually bring to the startup. Moreover, what you can do is what you know, meaning that without experience, you might find it hard to get a job. An employer will overlook your programming language proficiency, and choose to focus on your problem-solving skills. The research by HackerRank shows that it is the ability to demonstrate computational thinking or the ability to break down large, complex problems that are in great need, and not just the technical skills on their own.

Github will rank your experience and portfolio more importantly than your academics, a clear indication of the significance of personal training in coding. If you asked any successful developer today, you will see that they don’t focus too much on what school they went to and what they learned there, but more importantly what they’ve been able to learn since or how they’ve applied it.

 

They know where they want to go with their career

Successful developers and people in tech don’t put too much focus on the company perks, but rather, things like work/life balance is more important. At the same time, they also focus on their professional growth and learning opportunities. It is only after all these that compensation and other perks will now follow. What can you learn from this? That your profession as a developer cannot be equated to the perks you get from an office.

You should not also be surprised to note that even employers are more keen on what you value in your job. Most companies are now interested in individuals who are not just after money, but who would be willing to get a whole new experience in solving problems and advancing their career. As you advance as a developer, you will realize that job satisfaction is more vital than the compensation, and this is when you know you are now entering the league of the successful developers.

There is no reason why you should spend your fortune on acquiring education and technical skills if you are not going to utilize them in the workplace. Again, why spend all the time behind a computer to self-teach a certain language and solve a specific challenge if this is not what you want to do? As a developer enthusiast, you should always focus on providing solutions at the workplace and in a team environment. As a job seeker, you should be able to comprehend what your next employer is looking for, and that is most likely a problem-solver. While our list of successful traits is not all-inclusive, it should give you an idea of what it takes to be successful in tech.


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