Job Title: Software Engineer
Type of Company: I work for a large government-sponsored agency.
Education: BS, Computer Science
Previous Experience: I started with basic data-entry, moving my way up to a job as senior database developer for a large local company.
Job Tasks: I am responsible for developing and maintaining corporate databases in my company. These corporate databases include the timecard system and room reservation systems. These systems are used by the company's general population in their every day work day and have to be in good working order.
My typical day consists of analyzing fixes to the system, meeting with team members to discuss the status of a task or status of a new release we are all working o,n as well as actually working on these fixes in a development database environment. Frequently the development halts if there is an issue with the production systems.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is the working environment and the people I work with. Management is very supportive and wants to make sure we have the tools needed to complete our tasks.
The worst part of the job is the deadlines and the pressure to get things done: to get something developed, tested and working into the production system.
Job Tips: If you wanted to pursue database development or even software development, the best advice I can give is find a mentor. Find someone who is at a higher level than you who knows what you need to know and who can spend some time with you. This was critical in my career. I found a few people who I was able to learn from in the companies that I worked for and found it to to be extremely valuable. You can't just learn something from a book or even a class. You have to apply it and discuss it with others.
Additional Thoughts: There is not just one main personal quality that would prepare you for work in the software industry. You do need to be patient with people, for one thing. You will encounter many different personalities in your career and will be required to deal with them. Also appear ambitious. You won't always be very busy and your days will vary so learn what you can when you have the chance.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Love solving problems with technology? Make it into a career with a degree from GCU!
Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started
ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.
50 Years of Excellence In Education
Maryville University is a private university in St. Louis County, Missouri.
You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online.
Earn your Master's in Computer Science online from Syracuse University without relocating or leaving your job. GRE waivers are available for those who qualify.
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Software Engineers For Systems, including: