The first time I saw the movie, The Matrix, I was completely blown away by the concept, like the millions of other fans. We used to discuss the movie in great detail with friends at dinner parties, to draw real life comparisons. To a person working as a programmer, the movie might even speak to his heart; seeing the world through code, similar to my friend the software tester, who sees errors/faults everywhere she goes.
Choosing to become a computer programmer, means being able to develop, read and edit through endless lines of programming. As computer programmers, your job may not be glamorous, but as everyone knows, the financial rewards are more than satisfactory. The kinds of skills required to become a computer programmer, go beyond being analytically inclined. A great programmer needs to develop his/her critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and communication skills as well. As programmers, it serves no purpose if only you can understand the code you have written, chances are you will need to explain the program to a manager or clients, who might not be from the IT field. So, being able to explain your work in terms, which they will understand, will benefit your career growth and increase your prospects.
Getting your degree in computer science is only the first step. Getting certified in programming languages and developing your soft skills will help you as you progress through the years in the field. The greatest programmer is not always the one who gets promoted, as you will find out when you enter the corporate world. The person, who has the ability to effectively do his /her job, while displaying powerful communication skills, will move ahead faster in the company. So, don’t inhibit your own growth, by simply getting certified in the programming language of your choice, equip yourself with the tools needed for your career growth and success by also enrolling in a few soft skills classes, as well.