What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Irving:
"Enterprise Level Communication."
You're finally here, a senior. You've likely got a junior or two under your wing. That's great, but remember, you're still not a lead. Listening is more important now than even the most earnest of agendas. Learning the business is your goal now. It won't always be pretty, so remember that business doesn't need fixing. It needs accommodation. Support it's efforts and you will thrive.
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Birmingham:
"Design, Develop and Maintain software products."
Always be learning new technologies. New software tools are constantly becoming available. Learn as many tools as you can so you can have many to choose from when a new problem arises.
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Atlanta:
As you transition into a more leadership position make sure you still spend the time required to keep you development skills current.
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Houston:
"Continuous Skills Growth."
Always try to make sure there is someone at your company more experienced in software development or architecture than you are. Everyone needs mentoring. If you're at the top, you have the hardest job. You have to continue to search out ways to be continuously improving.
Sr. Software Engineer / Developer / Programmer in Salt Lake City:
"Learning on the job is better than training at school."
My training on the job was much better than training I received in school. You do need to be good enough to get into a field, but once there the knowledge gained on the job is much more practical than what is taught at school.