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6 characteristics that can make you an outstanding developer

6 characteristics that can make you an outstanding developer

Anyone can become a developer – even against all odds.

But what makes someone an outstanding developer? To us, it's not your technical knowledge (your technical skills will need constant refreshing, anyway).

Rather, what can set you up for long-term success as a developer are the characteristics that can help you enjoy your work, as well as excel into higher positions over time.

If you're considering or actively pursuing a career in development, skim this piece and see if any of the six characteristics we highlight resonate with you:


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1. You're a builder

1. You're a builder

It's fascinating to learn how things work. But there's a difference between learning the theory of how things work, and putting those concepts into practice.

If you get satisfaction from building something and seeing it in motion, imagine how good it feels to know the software you worked on is running on peoples' devices around the world. While it does involve sitting at a computer, coding is a hands-on building process, wherein each program has its own design and purpose.

Your creations as a developer affect how people interact with technology on a daily basis.


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2. You're a team player

2. You're a team player

In case you imagined programming is great for those who'd rather keep their head down at a computer than interact with others – this is an outdated myth. In fact, software development is a team sport. This is undeniably true if you're working on a coding project with other developers, whether within a company or an open-source community.

There are plenty of opportunities to collaborate in a developer role. If you love teamwork, your instinct for collaboration and communication will help make these activities more intuitive, impactful, and enjoyable.


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3. You're a creative problem-solver

3. You're a creative problem-solver

If you're a creative problem-solver, you have a knack for crafting intuitive or overlooked solutions to pressing problems. In the software industry, this means you can bring valuable perspective to your team, as well as branch off to spearhead your own innovative solutions.

Your vision for creative solutions can help you or your team implement practical approaches to problems big and small.


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4. You're empathetic

4. You're empathetic

In a broad sense, being empathetic means you can put yourself in another person's shoes. This ability to switch perspective is incredibly useful in the development world.

Your understanding of others will help you make decisions that better support the needs of your colleagues, as well as the needs of your software's user.

Overall, empathy will help you anticipate the needs of your colleagues, which in turn, will enable you to support the overall productivity of your team. And lastly, empathy is an important leadership skill that will get you further in your career.


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5. You're determined (and maybe a bit competitive)

5. You're determined (and maybe a bit competitive)

Wherever you are on your coding journey, you're likely to encounter challenges. Software may fail, or you may fail. The challenges you face will be unique to your particular journey. If you can stay determined and keep your goals in sight, despite failure, it'll help you stay resilient throughout your career.

As with any competitive field, your determination will help you keep momentum, as well as serve as an example for others. To date, we at Educative have spoken with many successful developers who had a pivotal failing point on their coding journey. Their determination


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6. You love learning new things

6. You love learning new things

If you love learning, you'll never exhaust your learning opportunities in a coding career.

The tech industry changes fast, and there will always be new technologies to add to your toolkit. Outstanding developers are always ready to stretch their technical skillset to keep up with the industry and compete in the job market. Development is a pursuit of lifelong learning. If you have a growth mindset and are a dedicated learner, it'll only serve you well in the future.

The learning really never stops in development, so if you're a student at heart, you'll never feel stagnant in a coding career.


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Wrapping Up

Wrapping Up

While it's important to master your technical skills, who you are at your core will play a role in your long-term success as a developer.

If any of the characteristics in this piece resonated with you, that's great! They'll surely help you on your coding journey.

In the end, the only thing that will make you an outstanding developer is you, and how you choose to shape your unique coding journey.

You don't need any prior knowledge, or anything installed on your desktop to get started. We'll just start from the ground up, and you can start writing code as soon as you're ready.


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Characteristics that set you up for long-term success as a developer are the characteristics that can help you enjoy your work, as well as excel into higher positions over time.


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