What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Software Engineer in New York:
Software engineering is a real form of engineering, but full of a lot of quacks. Don't be one of those quacks.
Software Engineer in Washington:
"Learn to write well."
Think of yourself as a translator between human language and programming languages. Anyone can learn to give instructions that computers can follow, but a superior software author writes well in human language, too.
Spend time writing quality documentation. Self-documenting code is wonderful, but it can't do everything. Good documentation explains why a program was written, which is much more important.
If you are in school, take a writing class every semester. Take writing classes as continuing education, in addition to any computer technical education.
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.