Staying Home and Working as a Software Engineer

By Jessica Mitsch ● November 30, 2020
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Tech jobs are pro­gres­sive­ly recov­er­ing and soft­ware engi­neer­ing roles are steadi­ly ris­ing in the remote work environment.
Momen­tum, in part­ner­ship with Clark­ston Con­sult­ing, is proud to be the 2020 Report Spon­sor for NC TECH’s IT Job Trends Report. Each month NC TECH releas­es a month­ly Tech Talent/​IT Jobs snap­shot which cap­tures the envi­ron­ment for tech employ­ment in North Car­oli­na. This Sep­tem­ber, data shows that soft­ware engi­neer­ing is a top hard skill in the North Car­oli­na mar­ket, with over 50% growth com­pared to 2019

Work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer offers a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to have a secure job with the ben­e­fit of remote work flex­i­bil­i­ty. Almost all work can be done online and agile teams col­lab­o­rate vir­tu­al­ly. Accord­ing to a recent sur­vey, 85% of soft­ware and IT pro­fes­sion­als were con­fi­dent they could work from home effec­tive­ly and 82% were con­fi­dent the indus­try could be effec­tive remotely.
85%
of software/IT professionals can effectively work from home
82%
are confident the industry could be effective remotely


While some pro­fes­sion­al roles are stay­ing home in the short-term, many soft­ware engi­neers can make work­ing remote­ly a long-term real­i­ty. The flex­i­ble work is indeed why career chang­ers get into work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer.

For Momen­tum grad­u­ate Craig Brunen­graber, pre­dictable work hours and an indus­try suit­ed for flex­i­ble work arrange­ments were top rea­sons he career changed into tech. Craig explained, Hav­ing a career in tech is less about being able to earn an income. It’s more about being able to be hap­py as you do so and hav­ing the flex­i­bil­i­ty in tech to be able to spend time with your fam­i­ly.” Before his career in tech, work­ing eleven hour days – plus week­ends – in gru­el­ing con­di­tions was the norm. Now more than ever, the ben­e­fits of work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer are mean­ing­ful to Craig.

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Today’s can­di­dates, par­tic­u­lar­ly par­ents, crave that remote work effec­tive­ness and work sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty from employ­ers. Mon­ster recent­ly sur­veyed par­ents on how com­pa­nies can best sup­port them dur­ing COVID-19. 75% of par­ents said work sched­ule flex­i­bil­i­ty would go a long way. Work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer means online career paths that can work for you and your fam­i­ly dur­ing this uncer­tain time. For Craig, nav­i­gat­ing the remote world dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, The hours are great, the sup­port sys­tem is great. I’m very, very happy.”
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Career options like work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer open the pos­si­bil­i­ty of not hav­ing to choose between pur­su­ing a dream job and find­ing a secure job in the short term. Before the COVID pan­dem­ic, roles in soft­ware engi­neer­ing ranked among the most in-demand. Soft­ware engi­neers have con­tin­ued to be among the high­est in demand dur­ing COVID. In August 2020, a LinkedIn report ranked soft­ware engi­neer as the No. 2 most in-demand job. As our reliance on tech­nol­o­gy increased dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, so did our need for soft­ware engi­neers. For­tu­nate­ly, employ­ees can be very effec­tive in this role remotely.
"In August 2020, a LinkedIn report ranked soft­ware engi­neer as the No. 2 most in-demand job"
For QA Engi­neer Hank Mitsch, stay­ing home and work­ing effec­tive­ly has been rel­a­tive­ly seam­less. The Momen­tum grad­u­ate told us, There real­ly has­n’t been much of a tran­si­tion. We do every­thing online now and if we meet, we meet vir­tu­al­ly, but we still have the same scrum cer­e­monies where we meet togeth­er at the same times. I would say noth­ing’s real­ly changed except the fact that we’re see­ing each oth­er’s faces on screens.” With so many soft­ware engi­neers work­ing remote­ly before the pan­dem­ic, the move to the remote world has been a rel­a­tive­ly easy piv­ot (if a piv­ot at all) that’s enabled teams to progress effec­tive­ly.

Momen­tum is excit­ed to help career chang­ers make the tran­si­tion to work­ing as a soft­ware engi­neer and expe­ri­enc­ing the ben­e­fits of effec­tive remote work. Our 16-week, full stack course preps you for the remote world with a 100% vir­tu­al learn­ing expe­ri­ence and proven advice for remote job search­ing. Con­tact us today to learn more about how our course preps you for long-term career success.

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