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Software Engineer Career Profile— Male, age 26 (ID #1732)

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1. Employment Profile: What exactly does a Software Engineer do?

  What field is your job in?

Software development

  What is your job title?

Software Engineer

  Please provide a brief description of the firm or organization that you currently work for
(size and general description of what type of organization it is)

Small (~350) enterprise software company

  How long have you been employed in this position?

14 months

  How many hours do you work a week on average?


  Please provide a BRIEF description of your duties and responsibilities. (job description)

software development, design, and testing

  What was your gross income last year? Please include any bonuses or incentives received.


  What is your expected gross income for this year? Please include any bonuses or incentives you expect to receive.


  Please list any benefits you have (Please include number of weeks vacation, sick leave and type of health insurance, retirement plan 401k)

health, dental, vision

  Do you feel you are under/well/over compensated at your current position?


2. Work environment!

  Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Explain

Yes. I believe that my job would not be possible without close collaboration with co-workers, and one of the best parts of my job is interacting and solving problems with other intelligent people.

  Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?


  Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?


  Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it

  Please rank in order of importance from 1-8 (1- most important 8- least important) Assign each number once.

  • 4 Income
  • 3 Work Environment - co-workers
  • 5 Work Environment - supervisors
  • 6 Benefits
  • 7 Hours
  • 2 Level of responsibility
  • 1 The actual "work" you do at your job
  • 8 Job Title

3. How should someone new to the workforce get a J-O-B like yours?

  If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?

Get a degree in a relevant field, and make sure your grasp of the fundamentals is solid.

  What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours? Please be specific and explain why (e.g., social skills, organization skills, technical skills)

Strong mathematical and computer science background, for obvious reasons. Ability to adapt quickly to new, unfamiliar challenges, since long ramp-up times can be a serious liability, and mistakes made early on can cause a lot of problems later.

  Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?


  What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?

Make sure you take the time to do things the right way and ensure the quality of your work.

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