There are some things you need to do for your mobile development career.
Have you ever heard the expression “let’s get this bread”? It’s been around for a while, briefly trending on Twitter sometime in 2019. Basically, what it means is “let’s work hard and earn a lot of money for our work”. It’s a very positive expression, unless it’s used sarcastically (and it often is).
The wonderful thing about getting this bread is that it basically assures you that, if you put a lot of effort into it, your career will just lift off on its own. Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case sometimes.
The IT sector is extremely popular these days, especially mobile development. People of all backgrounds and skill levels are entering the market left and right, bringing with them fresh ideas and dreams. Keeping up is a task, especially if you haven’t got much experience.
So what to do?
Well, quitting is always an option. If you’re really unsure if you have what it takes to keep up, it’s best to clear the field for others and go do something less competitive, like wrestling polar bears
If you do have the drive to up your game and get this bread, here’s what you need to concentrate on.
1. Show your work
It doesn’t matter how basic or simple your existing app is – anything that a potential employer can take a look at is already a big plus. It can be a personal project or something you did for school – heck, make your own version of Atari and wow the boomers and millennials alike.
2. Make it look good
An app is only as good as it appears at first glance, especially when you’re trying to impress a client or employer. Frameworks can make your job so much easier – especially if you’re not a UI expert!
3. Keep your communication clear
A lot of a developers work requires understanding what the client wants. If there’s no client and you’re making something on your own, there’s still an end-user to consider. Do yourself a favour and learn to communicate with both technical and non-technical people. It’s an important skill to have!
4. Repurpose an old design
Just because you used a certain design or framework before, doesn’t mean you can’t use it again. Some frameworks are very versatile, like our own multi-purpose starter template . With a small change of widgets and colors, you can be popping out apps that look fresh and only took you a bit of effort to create.
5. Ask for help
If you’ve ever applied for a job as a mobile developer, you would have seen a lot of companies mentioning “working in a team” or “supporting web development team”. You’ve guessed it – the ability to work with others is crucial. Practice beforehand by asking for help or advice! There are lots of communities out there willing to help.
There you have it. It looks simple, but it has some critical moments. Dedication and heavy labour can get you part-way to your dream career – strategy gets you the rest of the way. Work smarter, not harder!