Survival strategy for programmers

31 Jul 2012

All generalist coders work under the shadow of their job being outsourced somewhere cheaper (The most important skill to master). So, as well as having a sound general knowledge of something like object-oriented programming (C, Java etc), it’s a good idea to develop a niche skill that is hard to export to a generalist outsourcing outfit.

Also, if you are well integrated into your business rather than being seen as a separate service department, making yourself irreplaceable becomes much easier. Take an interest in what your non-IT colleagues are doing and look for ways to lock your job into theirs.

Do not allow yourself to become pushed into a coding backwater, and keep up with all new developments.

Paul Hirons

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