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Career Story: Software Development Capability Manager

Software Development Capability Manager

Job Title: Software Development Capability Manager

Type of Company: I work for a worldwide media and marketing company whose primary business is the creation of online advertising campaigns using animated flash banners but which is also engaged in the construction and design of corporate web sites.

Education: BA, Computer Science

Previous Experience: I started work as a software engineer in a small software development company, but while still an undergraduate took a job with a game development company. After finishing university, I jumped around a good deal and finally settled in as a senior software engineer. After that I got involved in doing jobs related to software capability.

Job Tasks: I assess technical personnel so that the company knows their level of proficiency in certain areas. I also keep a kind of log book of the skills our software developers possess. Part of my job is to help the recruiting department to interview new developers, but I also help to define guidelines and plan our approach to different software development projects. And whenever there's a new one, I help to make logistical decisions and choose the personnel that we assign.

In brief, I help several departments of the company when it relates to software development stuff.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is knowing that my opinion really matters and that I get to help decide things that really affect the company. Another great part of the job is my schedule and the fact that I have a cubicle.

Sadly, the chance to learn new things is limited and there aren't a lot of challenges on the software side. This is my own fault really. I moved to the administrative side of the business without taking stock of all the consequences.

Job Tips:
1. Study in a recognized university.

2. Learn as much as you can by yourself and do research.

3. Be polite and use political skills. No one likes someone who doesn't listen or thinks he knows it all.

4. Make money if you want, but do what you like doing. No matter how much you make, it will never be enough if you don't like what you do.

Additional Thoughts: Computer science is an awesome career. It makes you feel like a scientist, a mathematician and an engineer. It's a great challenge, and the pay is not that bad.

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