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What career do you want and what are your goals?

I want to be a software engineer because it has a very high rate of pay and it is what I am interested in, in the digital age. #technology #software-development #engineering

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Barbara’s Answer

Hi there! First, it's great that you are already thinking about your career path! Kudos to you!! Yes, software engineers, for the most part, have decent salaries. I recommend that you evaluate what you really enjoy doing and integrate that into your career goals. If engineering is where your interest lies, then that is a bonus!! Go for it! If it's what you want to do and enjoy doing, then you will be successful, regardless of the path taken (I think). And all industries need software engineers. They are a huge asset and will be for many years! The career that I chose was Accounting and I am a CPA. I started my college career by doing 2 internships and working during my entire college career. Then I started with Arthur Andersen after college. 25 years later, I am in IT at Verizon. I have been in Risk Management, Marketing, Strategic Pricing, Inventory, Finance, Accounting, Customer Service, and now reside in IT. I don't have any regrets and have enjoyed all lines of business that I had the privilege of being a part of. I hope this answer helps!
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Michael’s Answer

Hello Joshua, currently I work in Mortgage which is nice and easy while I work from home! This works for now but my goal is to get into supply chain management which is more stressful but beyond significant pay would also challenge me in new ways of thinking. My goals aren't certain at this time since I'm not quite into it but I have the degree and am trying to break into it now. I could imagine being in a position that allows me to work remotely and allows for travel to setup new supply chains and examine product.

Currently working on a position in procurement which is entry level but am kind of nervous how it will affect my current schedule. This could all change however I love playing video games with supply lines so I can't imagine getting into it and not enjoying it.

Good luck with software engineering, it's the way of the future!
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ALEJANDRA’s Answer

It seems like a good decision to me as long as your passion is not only motivated by an economic position or by a trend or fashion.
My advice is that you follow your wishes and be free to choose what you are passionate about.
Because there is no money in the world that pays DO WHAT YOU LIKE
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Craig’s Answer

If would think about also what enjoyment you will get out of SW engineering, not just the pay.
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Barry’s Answer

I agree with Mickael. Do this only if you love it, not for the money. As the others state, the demand for developers is high and likely to remain soo for the foreseeable future.

Being a Software Developer (or Engineer, or other title; the difference is often subjective) takes skill and judgement. Both come from education and experience. So the more of both you get, generally the more valuable you are.

You can contribute to the digital age being a developer or via many other roles. I myself have been a developer for over 40 years and have seen a lot of changes in the technologies and tools used but the basic developer skills remain pretty much the same (promoting, designing, coding, testing and documenting code). While the work can sometimes seem monotonous, it is generally satisfying, much like being an artist. be prepared for a lot of your work being thrown away, again like with artists. You can be creative and also do work that has a big impact on society.

Beset advice is to get a Computer Science (CS) or engineering degree. A Master's degree is better (can open more doors faster) but likely not required. I myself have a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. I suggest you go to the best school you can get into/afford as it opens doors when you first get started.
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ALEJANDRA’s Answer

It seems like a good decision to me as long as your passion is not only motivated by an economic position or by a trend or fashion.
My advice is that you follow your wishes and be free to choose what you are passionate about.
Because there is no money in the world that pays DO WHAT YOU LIKE
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ALEJANDRA’s Answer

It seems like a good decision to me as long as your passion is not only motivated by an economic position or by a trend or fashion.
My advice is that you follow your wishes and be free to choose what you are passionate about.
Because there is no money in the world that pays DO WHAT YOU LIKE
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi joshua,

"I want to be a software engineer because it has a very high rate of pay"
Be aware that you are not offered a great pay just after being graduate and very high rate of pay also assume you are good enough. So it does not come for free. Also, Software Engineer means a Master Degree. If you target a Bachelor degree, you start as a Software Developer and may not have the same paycheck. Not on start up anyway.

Also, let me tell you something: make sure you do not work for only the paycheck. Even though having money is great, it does not make you happy if you spend 8+ hours a day something you dislike. Trust me I went through that 6 years of my 16 years in the industry and that was really bad. Really. If that is something you like, then that's GREAT!

my goal for me is to become a technical leader in software development and architecture. I started with an ambitious project in my current company and that makes me work hours more than I should, but I kind of like it.
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