5 Signs That Tell Us We Need To Improve As Developers
Sometimes landing the perfect job is only the beginning.
Professional development is definitely a thing. I doubt anyone out there who is successful at what they do will disagree. Yes, sometimes it’s tough to keep moving forward, but then again — in growth, we all find the wisdom to keep learning, educating ourselves, and leveling up as we speak.
In the web development world, things are even more dynamic. Any fellow developer would undoubtedly agree that an enormous part of their job as a programmer is the constant struggle to keep themselves on track with what’s new and trendy. The reason behind this is not only to be able to check more boxes in a requirement list but to also be able to offer their clients impeccable services. And as we all know, the latter is a key to a successful professional future.
Improving as a web developer often requires more effort than transferring to an entirely different business niche
Nowadays web development is, by all means, one of the most searched jobs both for employers and employees. Of course, this peak is entirely natural and we all saw it coming. With the never-ending digitalization of people’s lives, it’s expected for all businesses, media, resources, tools, etc. to require their own digital version. Everyone is online so suddenly every establishment or enterprise began feeling the need to co-exist with its customers.
Being a web developer nowadays is viewed as quite a great professional opportunity since the market is constantly in search of experts. Sure, the job itself is awesome, but one should never forget about its constant need for further development. I often say that sometimes it seems easier to change the business field as opposed to constantly upgrading your knowledge and expertise. But it’s worth the effort, especially if you want to always be at the top of your game.
The good part is that by improving your professional side you ultimately work on your personal skills. Being in a constant state of development brings its own value and drive to live. Also, nowadays there are plenty of ways in which a person can upgrade their knowledge on virtually anything, web development included. There are seminars, online courses, unlimited resources of books and articles, forums, communication with fellow colleagues, etc.
But the truth is this — while many of us could indeed be exceptional professionals in the web development field, there is always room for improvement. If you are working in a web development company, then perhaps sometimes you’ve asked yourself how to know it’s time for an upgrade. That’s today’s topics — I’ve decided to gather 5 signs that might be showing you it’s about time to further increase your skills as a professional programmer.
5 signs that tell us we need to improve as web developers
If when at the office (or while working from home) you experience some of the following 5 signs, then I encourage you to think things through and focus on elevating your expertise as a programmer:
- The technology you’ve been using seems to be slowly dying out
In web development, we all use specific technologies, tools, and software in order to execute our tasks and duties. With that being said, we need to add that the majority of programmers have their specialty in a specific field of programming. If you notice that some of the technologies you’ve been using are already old news, it’s quite possible it may start to limit your capabilities when working with it. That’s a great and undoubtful sign that it’s time for an upgrade of your knowledge and the tools you’ve been using in your day-to-day work life.
For example, just recently I read a post in a social media group dedicated to web development and programming. The user’s question had to do with advice on running WordPress on a server using PHP 5.2. When you come to think about it, there is a reason why PHP 5.2 is old news already — try being up to date and upgrading to the latest software installments.
- The company starts hiring younger and younger employees
When we refer to web development, there are no age parameters in terms of experts and professionals — the field is proud of incredible diversity! However, if you notice a tendency of your company to hire younger and younger employees, probably a good reason is simply them hiring “new technologies and fresh approaches”. With this being said, it’s actually not a bad idea for you to start implementing fresh knowledge. Engage in thorough research on what’s new around the corner and master new crafts!
- If you fail to explain your code, perhaps you need a boost in your expertise
Let’s quote Einstein on this. He says that a great sign that you are good at what you do is if you have the ability to explain your job in a simple manner in a way that even a child would be able to get it.
- If you start becoming short in discussions about new technologies
As we’ve said, the technology field is ever-growing and constantly filled with new tools and trends. Even if you are a developer, this doesn’t mean you shouldn't participate in all kinds of topics and discussions. Be it NFT, Web3, crypto, or blockchain, a great developer is someone who greatly understands the technology behind it. So if you feel uneasy when such topics are being discussed, my suggestion would be to level up your game and further educate yourself on those matters.
- A good sign you need an upgrade is if you’re feeling sick of your job lately
This is a matter of interpersonal challenge really. Even the best professionals out there, regarding their field of expertise, feel sometimes overwhelmed and sick of it all. But before you are quick to fall in despair, why don’t you try out first to change your approaches or your work tools? Sometimes diversity is all we need in terms of executing specific tasks or duties. Such diversity we may get from further developing our work strategies.
In a nutshell
Improvement and development are key when it comes to establishing a dazzling career and the web development industry is no exception. Even if you are truly a great programmer, it won’t hurt you to try to implement some new knowledge and skills. They will surely come in handy at some point, besides you’d be feeling much more adequate and driven in the office space.
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