What is a Software Engineer? | Transformation | Instruqt
by Katy Andreeva
20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read
Patrick has been at Xebia Studio since February. Learn what it means to be a Software Engineer and what tools you need to know to become one.
Patrick started fresh out of university as a technical application manager at Blokker holding. A big company in the Netherlands with labels like Blokker, Intertoys, and Leen Bakker. At Blokker, his main responsibilities were related to database management, developing, and maintenance of applications.
At the moment he works at Xebia Studio as a Software Engineer/Consultant. His focus is to help companies build innovative products.
His biggest challenge is balancing his time between his projects and helping clients.
When Patrick gets a specific project, he has to build the product and then incorporate it within the company. So he has a very specific goal, to build the product. However, the challenge he arrives once he enters an organization that is facing some troubles. It might a process, the people, or management. Either way, he finds it very difficult to ignore the issue. If he sees a problem, he can't look away and focus on his project. He feels the need to communicate the problem and try to help the company solve it.
As a result, this takes time away from developing the product. He still trying to figure out how to balance the two things and find a happy medium.
Patrick’s top four tips for keeping up in the IT industry as a Software Engineer
- Learn from your peers
- Watch videos
- Read books, blogs, documentation, etc.
- Attend courses.