How to become a software engineer

You’ve decided to become a software engineer👩‍💻…  Congratulations!😄
We’re here to help you achieve your goal of becoming a software engineer. If you’re already a software engineer, we’d love to see you share your tips and tricks with our readers in the comments below.

If you’re not yet an engineer, don’t worry—we’ve got lots of advice and resources for you, too. You have what it takes to become a software engineer, but you are unsure of where to begin. Don’t worry! We’re here to help. What is a software engineer, and what do they do?

A software engineer is a person who designs and creates computer systems and applications to solve  real world problems. The first thing you should do is figure out if you want to work in a company or on your own. If you want to work for someone else, then you’ll need to get some experience before applying for an entry-level position. If you’re looking for something more independent, then maybe we can help!

Software engineers are the heart and soul of modern technology. They’re the ones who make sure that your computer is up-to-date with all the latest software updates, and they’re also responsible for making sure that it’s running smoothly—that it doesn’t crash or shut down unexpectedly.They’re the ones who make sure that your printer is working properly and that you can print out those photos you just took of yourself so you’ll have something to remember special moments by.

And then there’s the thing that software engineers do best: Write code. Code is what makes all this cool stuff happen, so without programmers, there’d be no apps on your phone, no websites to surf, no smart TVs with Netflix built in, no Tea in 60 website  – the list goes on.

Writing code isn’t just about making things work; it’s also about making them fun! And if you want to become a software engineer, you need to learn how to do both of those things at once: Engage with your code so deeply from within its logic that you can feel like a part of it. At the same time encourage others —especially those who may not understand coding that much.

There is a high demand for software engineers in Zimbabwe.   You’ve seen the ads: “Software engineer wanted!” You’ve heard about the high salaries and benefits. You’re ready to take the leap.   And you’re not alone. It’s an exciting time to be a  software engineer as a woman, and there are more jobs than there are qualified candidates to fill them—but increasing demand doesn’t mean that it’s easy to break into the field.

But you’ve got this girl!

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If you’re looking for answers, we’ve got them (and they’re based on our own experience).

Here are four tips that will help you find your path into engineering:

  1. Learn as much as possible about coding and programming languages- languages such as Python and Java are versatile and beginner friendly. The beauty of software engineering is that there are three ways to learn. Firstly, there is the option to enroll in universities and polytechnics. Also taking online boot-camp. Here are some links for a list of boot-camps . You can be self taught by watching YouTube channels. We will recommend Bukola since she is a fellow successful software engineer who works at Microsoft.
  2. Be willing to learn on-the-job.
  3. Make connections with people who can guide you in your career path.
  4. Practice interviewing skills.


All the best in your journey. If you have a vision see it through.

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