6 surprising soft skills developers use every day

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If you want a new career as a web developer, it involves more than just knowing how to code.

There are certain universal soft skills that are desirable in almost every industry—technology included.

Below guest writer William Kennedy, from New to Code, shares six non-technical skills that have helped him be a better software developer. These are skills that don’t involve coding, but will make you a more proficient developer as well as team mate.

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11 steps to becoming a software engineer (without a CS degree)

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Despite popular myths, you can become a software developer without a college degree.

Whether you’re re-entering the workforce or stuck in a career you dislike (administration, operations, banking, etc.), transitioning into a career as a software developer is within your grasp. As long as you’re willing to put in the hard work.

According to US News, software developers have a median salary of $95,510 per year, and an unemployment rate of 2.5%, making it one of the most lucrative technology careers.

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3-Step Formula for Beating Anxiety and Networking Like a Pro

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The underpinning of any successful freelancer is the relationships they have.

From these relationships comes repeat business, as well as referrals for new clients. So, what’s the best way to build these kinds of relationships? Networking.

Unfortunately, most of us (including me!) don’t enjoy “networking”. We feel anxious and out of place. And start to stutter when asked the simple question, “What do you do?”

Ack.

Below guest writer Joyce Akiko shares a three-step formula for overcoming the anxiety associated with networking.

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11 Coursera Specializations to Boost Your Tech Career

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When you’re trying to break into the tech industry (or move up the next rung on the ladder), nothing can sabotage you faster than being too general.

The fact of the matter is, nobody wants to hire someone who has a surface knowledge of ten coding languages and fifty tools. They want to hire experts who can skillfully handle a specific role.

That’s where Coursera comes in. Coursera is an online course platform with offerings from universities around the world.

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