Software development careers - check out Kunal from Transport for London’s story.

Interested in software development? Kunal got into programming when he was a teenager. After studying at university for a degree in software engineering he went on to get a job in the field. Keeping motivated to learn was a key part in his success, so let’s take a look at the building blocks of his coding career...

Kunal became interested in technology after he was shown the world of computing by a family friend. He attended university to learn software development skills to a professional level. He also picked up software testing skills on the way, as well as taking courses at work to expand his knowledge.

Tell us about your job…

I generally spend most of my day writing code as per the requirements set out by stakeholders. I work as part of a team who all work towards the same goal. We take part in various team discussions regarding software design and architecture. The working hours are generally 9-5.

What top skills or qualities are important in your role?

  1. I’d say problem solving is key.
  2. It’s good if you’re willing to learn and having programming experience is vital too!

How did you get into doing this as your job?

I had family friends who were into computers as I was growing up. The interest started that way.

Then I studied Software Engineering at University and luckily got into a great job in the area I studied. I had some good teachers at university, but my main motivation was the feeling of achieving something.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I had many dreams! A footballer, snooker player, cricketer – basically anything involving sports. I even wanted to be an architect at one point.

I never pushed myself down those paths, but from the age of about 15 I took an interest in programming.

What advice would you give someone who wants to do your job?

Although I’m a developer, I’ve learned a lot about testing (both manual and automated) whilst on the job. In hindsight, it may have been easier knowing more up front.

Any job hunting tips to share?

Be as concise and as honest as possible. Listing a bunch of technologies that you know doesn’t really prove anything, but saying how you used them does.

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