October 16, 2021

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What are the most important qualities of a software engineer?

Hello there. Almost 3 months ago I started to work while engaging vacational education at my favorite Company (thats 3 years of half working and half studying before getting a job contract) and I like it a lot until now, but there is one thing that bothers me.

So, usually companies take inexperienced or junior software engineers for a vacational education, in my case, my colleague and me both have experience in programming, so they gave us real projects right away, instead of teaching.

I don’t want to talk bad about anyone, but it seems like my colleague is “gifted” in coding, while being average or less in everything else (maths, social skills, plan management, understanding tasks, etc). Meanwhile, I am not that talented in programming, but I have another skills aside that, like being very good in maths, logical reasoning, understanding concepts etc.

The more time goes on, the more I lose self-confidence, since he finishes the projects very fast and I start asking myself if I really deserve this place. I am trying to improve also another skills aside programming in my free time, like oratory, cyber security, testing, etc., since I think that they will be essential for me in the future, but I am not sure if it is right.

Now that you know the situation, I would like to know if I am on the right track and shouldn’t focus on my colleague’s workflow. From my knowledge, programming is only one skill out of the bunch of skills that a software engineer has to pursue, but I may be wrong and also I am afraid to speak with my team manager about this. Thanks for reading this bunch of text. 🙂

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