Four soft skills every programmer should have

Ahmed Nemat

Nov 18th 21

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Ahmed Nemat

Nov 18th 21

Every job has its own set of criteria; for example, to be a doctor, you must know biology and have completed medical school, but you must also be emphatic. You must have qualifications to work with children as a teacher, but you must also be kind. Similar to when you decide to become a programmer, there are some common hard and soft skills that every developer should possess in addition to the major technology you've acquired. The soft skills needed for a programmer is mentioned below: 

1- Communication and teamwork

According to stereotypes, a programmer is a person who sits in the basement practising computer magic and doesn't speak to anyone for a long time. Because communication is such a key aspect of our work, it's a pretty amusing way of thinking about engineers. First and foremost, we must interact with other members of the team to fully comprehend the project and the solutions we will execute. Everyone despises situations in which something was done incorrectly due to a misunderstanding. As a result, the developer's task requires excellent communication abilities. Teamwork is just as crucial as communication skills. You may accomplish considerably more and of higher quality as a group. When you have a feature to implement, it's usually a good idea to talk it over with your teammates, especially if it's something you've never done before. Someone has most likely already done this type of solution and has the experience to contribute, and you can learn something new in the process.

2- Problem-solving

The primary task of a programmer is to solve a problem. Every time I have a new project to work on, I have to come up with the best feasible solution, taking into account business objectives and app performance.

If you start your job as a junior programmer or learn programming, you will quickly realise how crucial problem-solving skills are. It's also critical to be aware of it beforehand to avoid being discouraged.

I assume that solving problems every day is a huge benefit of this job because you never get tired and work on something new every day. Even if you work on the same problem every day, you can always find a better approach to solve it or use a different solution.

Even though you give up easily at first, you can learn how to solve problems and move forward with projects. If you think something is impossible to fix, keep in mind that every problem has at least one solution.

3- Curiosity

You're probably wondering why curiosity is so crucial in a programmer's profession. That's great because you're already interested. On the other hand, a good programmer learns a lot and is interested in new technologies, solutions, and so on.

That's fantastic news if you're interested in how new technology works and want to learn a new framework as quickly as possible to try it out and see if it's better than something else.

As a programmer, learning will become a significant part of your life; thus, it's critical to make programming a pastime. Then you won't feel bad or upset when new technology becomes available to learn with. Curiosity may also lead you to join the programmers' community, where you may learn even more and share what you've learned.

4- Time management

Work-life balance is critical in every career. When you work as a developer, you frequently have a flexible schedule, and it's critical to manage your time well. It's a really useful skill to organize your work and anticipate how much time you'll need for a specific task. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a situation where you have a long list of unfinished tasks and find yourself working nonstop. Furthermore, it would be best if you made time to learn, so keep in mind that you may need to set up an hour or two in your time to keep up with technology.

Another point to keep in mind is that developing soft skills takes time. It might take months, if not years, to develop technical skills.

I think I've made it obvious that soft skills are important talents that any software engineer should possess. Soft-skilled developers, in addition to technical developers, will be critical for the future of employment.

Good luck with improving your skills! 

(Ahmed Nemat)