Professional Software Development

Ian Johnson


  • Shippensburg University alumni
  • Web development for 10 years
  • Currently employed at Almanac

Professional Pathways

  • Systems Programming
  • Distributed Programming
  • Web Programming
  • Blockchain
  • Embedded Programming

How To Get The Job

  • Show technical competency
  • Business accumen
  • Positive attitude

What Employers are Looking For

Learn Standards

  • Git
  • GitHub Pull Requests
  • Bash Scripting
  • Virtualization/Containerization

Build Portfolio Projects

  • Learn by doing
  • Maximize your time by using them in your portfolio
  • Grow by learning how to distribute your code

What To Do When You Got The Job

  • Maintain a Growth Mindset
  • Focus on Impact
  • Learn from User Interaction
  • Test Everything
  • Document Everything
  • Automate Everything
  • Define Environments

Connect to Humans, Not Servers

  • All software problems are people problems.
  • Communication skills are much more impactful to the business.
  • Soft skills are a hard requirement.

The Professional Role

  • Standards and conventions
  • You are the expert

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