Meet a Real Software Developer

Software developers are in high demand. If you have the skills and knowledge to be a developer, you will already have an upper edge than most people who can’t code.  The vast majority of startups in technology begin their hiring with software developers, so this is a great field if you want to work for a startup or technology company. What’s a day in the life like for a recent grad working in software development?

Meet Jeremy.

0c0d436 Name: Jeremy Job Title: IT Support Technician & Developer Koru program: Koru@Porch Company: University of Washington Education: Western Washington 2013, Computer Science

What’s a day in the life of a software developer?

My days vary drastically. First thing I do is send out emails to the people that I need to meet with in the near future. I’m working on a project that involves visualizing 25 years worth of service learning data (undergraduates who performed service in the community through either a course or program event), and we’re still in the process of centralizing all of our data. I’m doing a bunch of reaching out to various techs and department directors to accomplish this. After those are sent, I’ll perform a couple queries on our database and then I’ll build a couple of visuals to describe my findings. After lunch I’ll continue working on a room reservation system that I’m developing for the college. After a couple hours of that, I’ll start merging another decade of service learning data that we’ve collected into the database that I’ve set up. I expect errors but that’s a good thing because handling exceptions is a pretty mindless task and that’s exactly the kind of thing I like to do in the late afternoon.

What do you love about your job?

What I love most about my job is the freedom and independence, and the respect and responsibility that my tech skill set commands here in higher education. I get to choose what I work on and when, and I get to answer questions that researchers here have been struggling with for years in a matter of moments using computation.

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Sarah Croft is Koru's Director of Instructional Design and is chartered with ensuring the validity and reliability of our assessment science along with optimizing the candidate experience. She studied Japanese and Astronomy at Williams College and got her masters in education innovation from Harvard. She loves developing awesome, useful, and fun educational programs and experiences.

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