In the present situation where there are better salaries, luxuries and career growth options in IT sector, most of the youngsters are willing to build their career in software development. As one starts his/her career in software development, whether in Java, .NET, PHP development or any other software sector, they are taking their initial steps towards professional life and have no or very little idea of how exactly they are going to perform in the industry.
What all one may have is his/her knowledge, skills and a bit of confidence that everything will go on well. So for such a fresher we would recommend to take the initial steps of career with patience. It’s better to take some time of at least 3-4 years to find out about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses in the field and then based on the experience you can come up with different options and plan your career accordingly.
If coding or programming is what you like the best then continuing as software developer would be a good career option for you. However many of them would be better designers and may not be so interested in coding. In that case such individuals can do designing of software components and still be into the technical side as they have an option to become software architect, which is again a good career option in software stream.
Management is something that is not a cup of tea of everyone. Only those who have command over people, good communicating skills and convincing abilities can think of going towards management role. However, if you have all these in you and have learnt considerable software development in your 3 to 4 years of career, then pretty good chances are there for you that your existing employer may promote you to be a manager heading a small team initially or you may get a similar chance with a changeover of the company.
Much more than this you could even be a techno-manager at some point of your career, in case you have got the required architectural and management skills for the position. In this software job you will be contributing in designing components and same time will be managing team and projects.
It’s upon you to decide about your career and its goal. just make sure where you want to reach and work in that direction in every possible way. Most of them in lure of high salaries take moves from one company to another very frequently say about six-six months and this is not a good action at all for career development.
A better way is to stick on to the existing firm as long as you are getting to learn and have got opportunities to move ahead in the career. But if in case your current organization does not provide you an appropriate opportunities to progress and reach to your desired destination, then you can wait and make a move to other good organization right time.
But make sure that this is not very frequent as doing so will minimize your credibility as an employee. It will affect your career in a negative way as the good firm will not prefer you as a reliable candidate for the job because you are always behind money and position, so who knows when you will leave them. Hence plan your career properly and take proper steps at the right time in order to make up for a strong career in software field.