What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
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).
Software Engineer in Pittsburgh:
"Learn To Solve Problems, Understand Business Needs."
Never stop learning new and better ways of solving problems; embrace failure as a necessary component of growth; don't try to change the world--try to make the world better one small piece at a time.
Software Engineer in Kirkland:
"Communication Skills Matter."
If you've ignored your communication skills up to this point, take some time and energy your first few years out of university developing them. Even if you stay in a purely technical role you will need to convince others of your greatness.
Even if you have some experience there is probably more you could do.
- Written v. Verbal.
- Formal and structured v. Informal and unstructured.
- 1:1 v. Small group v. Large group.
- Technical v, non-technical audience.