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How to Become a Professional Software Developer

I’ve recorded this video about IT career based on my last week’s talk at the Java developers conference in Kiev, Ukraine. This is not a technical presentation, so anybody can listen to it.  You may not agree with what I say, but hey, it’s my today’s opinion formed during my rather long career in IT.

In this presentation I touch upon the following subjects:

  • The process of looking for a job (sending the resume, passing the interview, considering a offer, discussing the salary)..
  • What’s the difference in interviewing Ukrainian and American programmers.
  • Comparing employees and contractors.
  • Are you really a senior developer?
  • Keeping your skills up to date.

You can watch the video here.  If you prefer, just download the mp3 and listen to it on the go. Back in 2008, I self-published a free e-Book titled “Enterprise Development Without the BS“, which is also covering  IT career subjects. Give it a read.

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Yakov Fain is a co-founder of two software companies: Farata Systems and SuranceBay. He authored several technical books and lots of articles on software development. Yakov is Java Champion ( He leads leads Princeton Java Users Group. Two of Yakov's books will go in print this year: "Enterprise Web Development" (O'Reilly) and "Java For Kids" (No Starch Press).