Job Title: Software Architect
Type of Company: Internet-based music streaming and memorabilia sales.
Education: BA Music
Previous Experience: Started as an accountant. Accounting software lead me to programming.
Job Tasks: I program software to deliver streaming music, music purchases and downloads and shopping experience for tangible good such as t-shirts and posters.
The job is project-based. Usually I work for weeks on adding new features to web sites and internal systems.
One example of a project would be to add a new discount promotion that might enable a customer to buy two t-shirts and get a third t-shirt for free. Several things need to be done for this promotion to work. The web site the customer sees would need to me modified to make the customer aware that the promotion was available perhaps adding an ad on the site to announce the promotion. The checkout process would have to calculate the cost of the customer's order to give the third t-shirt for free. Accounting and reporting system used within the company would also have to understand the new promotion so they could report on how many customer were taking advantage of the free t-shirt opportunity.
Some daily maintenance of existing systems is also done to make sure everything keeps running smoothly.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best parat of the job is the ability to be creative and the freedom of my work schedule (I work from home) is best. Problem solving can also be rewarding.
On the down side, programming can get very tedious.
1. Be creative and open minded when coming up with solutions.
2. Always do work the benefits the people you are working with. Don't just create or program things for your own satisfaction.
3. Always program with the person in mind who will be using your creation. Make sure what you produce can be easily used by as many people as possible.
Additional Thoughts: Writing software can be approached creatively. Get a well-rounded education including general business experience. Remember, the only reason you're writing software is to help a business or other people. Understanding the business or the consumer of your work is critical. Don't get bogged down in the technology.
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