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  • Overview of software/IT industry
  • Knowledge about roles in software companies.
  • Glimpse of responsibilities in software roles.
  • Challenges in software job market.

The course is an introduction to the complexity waiting for a beginner in the software industry. No certifications or silver bullets exist to a long and fulfilling software career. Instead, the course provides a brief overview of the industry and processes from an experienced engineer's perspective.

The main goal of the course is to make the aspirants aware of the big picture before they get caught up in confusing job descriptions. A prosperous career cannot be purchased or fast-tracked. It needs daily nurturing via habits and coherent knowledge.

Moving between different-sized organizations often leads to taking up multiple roles. Frequent job switching can lead to career path fragmentation. To avoid getting overwhelmed by the situation, one may choose to be aware of the bigger picture upfront. The fundamentals change at a much slower pace compared to trends. Build expertise around fundamentals for a great career.

Course Overview

  • Components of software engineering

    • Algorithms, Data Structures, DevOps, SRE, SCM, etc.

  • Types of software companies

  • Types of roles in software companies

  • Frameworks to gauge competition and career trajectory.

  • Lessons from personal experiences about recessions and interviewing from a career perspective.

Takeaways

  • Software engineering beyond coding

  • Business goals of possible employer companies

  • Kind of roles available in the industry for beginners/fresh graduates. 

  • No coding experience needed.
  • Students about to complete graduation in next 18 months.
  • People who joined the industry in the past 12 months.
  • Graduates looking for jobs in IT industry
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  • Section 1 : Industry Overview 5 Lectures 00:03:31

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Basic functional overview of a product company.
    • Lecture 2 :
    • Outsourced Product Development
    • Lecture 3 :
    • Services Company
    • Lecture 4 :
    • Consultancy
    • Lecture 5 :
    • Startups
  • Section 2 : Roles in software industry 4 Lectures

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Developers
    • Lecture 2 :
    • Quality Assurance
    • Lecture 3 :
    • Operations
    • Lecture 4 :
    • Support
  • Section 3 : Responsibilities in software companies 18 Lectures

    • Lecture 1 :
    • Data Strcutures
    • Lecture 2 :
    • Algorithms
    • Lecture 3 :
    • System Design
    • Lecture 4 :
    • Low Level Design
    • Lecture 5 :
    • Deployment
    • Lecture 6 :
    • Documentation - Overview
    • Lecture 7 :
    • Design Document
    • Lecture 8 :
    • Release Notes
    • Lecture 9 :
    • API Documentation
    • Lecture 10 :
    • Getting started guides
    • Lecture 11 :
    • Project Tracking
    • Lecture 12 :
    • Performance Engineering
    • Lecture 13 :
    • Scalability
    • Lecture 14 :
    • Portability
    • Lecture 15 :
    • Monitoring and Observability
    • Lecture 16 :
    • Source Control Management
    • Lecture 17 :
    • DevOps and SRE
    • Lecture 18 :
    • Infrastructure as Code
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