What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Software Engineer in Beaverton:
"Take charge of your career."
Be mindful that the technical aspect will not always be the most important in your career. To be a good engineer, you have to understand business processes and be willing to work closely with other people.
Software Engineer in Raleigh:
"Watch your back."
Remember, 90% of the time your manager doesn't care about you. They only care about themselves. Make your own career and keep one eye on your back. Your manager will throw you under the bus in a heartbeat if they are told to fit the ratings bell curve. If you get a bad rating, take that as a sign to move on. Do not wait around.
Software Engineer in El Paso:
"Best/Worst part of being in IT."
The best part is that you're always learning...the worst part of IT is that you're always trying to catch up.
Software Engineer in Seattle:
"Invest in your own learning."
Spend as much time and sacrifice as much as you can to learn as much as you can. It will pay off.
Software Engineer in New York:
"If You Have The Head For Math, Go Into Economics Instead."
Manage your career. Find a mentor who is in a position that you'd like to be in and learn how to navigate the minefield that is professional development. I used to think it was enough just to be great at software, it's not. It's almost better to be a mediocre or bad programmer but be able to manage people if you want the best outcome.
As such, I would not even recommend computer engineering to students who are looking to be respected in their profession. Become a Doctor or a Lawyer instead, someplace where experience has value because this industry does not respect knowledge of past technologies (also called experience).