22 Mar 2022 - 1 min read

The Career Journey of a Yozu Software Developer

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As our work continues to expand with new and exciting projects, so does our development team. The department has grown exponentially in the last 12 months, and there’s no sign of us slowing down. For a passionate software developer – at any stage of their career – this means the potential to grow, learn and earn in a fast-paced, exciting and supportive environment.

Interested? Read on to find out more about the typical career journey of a Yozu software developer…

Yozu Junior Developer

Though this may be a ground-floor or starting position for many an aspiring developer, rest assured that this is a ‘hands-on’ role from the start. Working on live projects and collaborating with the team, typical tasks may include:

  • Implement, test, and document moderately complex user stories to required standards
  • Learn to work within an Agile development methodology
  • Learn to identify and use common development patterns, as well as avoid anti-patterns

Though your real-world experience may be limited in the early days of your career, you’ll be supported by a senior mentor – usually your team leader – who will ensure that you have plenty of time for learning and development, as well as live project work.

Want to read more about what it’s really like to be a Yozu Junior Software Developer? Take a look at Naomi’s blog post on her first month in the role.

Yozu Software Developer and Senior Software Developer

A common role for many of the Yozu team members, a Yozu Software Developer is typically someone who has become highly proficient in creating entire applications. They might specialise in specific languages, or cover a range of core tasks – but their extensive experience means they can easily jump from one element of a project to another. This is especially true for our Senior Software Developers, who enjoy the variety that comes with the role.

Within both of these roles, you will be expected to:

  • Design, implement, test, and document large scale features to required standards
  • Have a thorough understanding of various project domains and their underlying frameworks
  • Engage with the development process and ensure project standards
  • Gain an understanding of the role projects take within high-level company objectives

You may also have the opportunity to train or support junior members of the team.

For those who simply love to write code and enjoy working on a variety of projects, a Yozu Software Developer is typically someone who has become proficient in developing complex features with a high degree of independence. However, for those with an interest in progressing into a more managerial position, our career progression framework ensures that there is a clear structure and path for professional development.

Want to see what current vacancies we have within Yozu? Take a look at our Careers section!

Software Developer jobs

Yozu Lead Software Developer

This particular role is great for those who are looking to take on more responsibility in their software development job, but aren’t necessarily ready for (or interested in) a managerial role. Lead software developer jobs give you the opportunity to offer direction, coordinate work and take on more decision-making whilst still actively writing code.

In this position, you may be expected to:

  • Demonstrate subject matter expertise
  • Specialise in a particular language or area of software development
  • Conceptualise, plan and build software that solves complex problems for clients
  • Offer support to junior developers

The hard and soft skills of a Yozu Software Developer

Regardless of the software development career path you choose, there are some core skills that you’ll be sure to need along the way. Though the proficiency level of these skills may vary greatly depending on experience, over time, you can expect to learn and demonstrate the following:

Hard skills:

  • Front-end and back-end coding knowledge
  • Understanding and application of Agile development methodology
  • How to test and debug your own code
  • How to write well organised and maintainable code

Soft skills:

  • An ability to communicate technical information
  • Time management
  • Team collaboration
  • Enthusiasm
  • Problem-solving attitude

(A good sense of humour always helps too!)

Put simply, for those with the right attitude and skill set (or ability to develop that skill set), your career path as a Yozu Software Developer looks bright. Want to progress even more quickly? Be sure to pitch in and help your teammates, when required; get to know other departments such as Marketing and Design; don’t be afraid to ask plenty of questions and get feedback on your work; and finally, maintain a good attitude. An ability to work with enthusiasm, passion and a willingness to learn will always be acknowledged at Yozu. In return, expect support, fun, great benefits, an exciting workload and a team that truly cares.

So what are you waiting for? Take a look at our current vacancies now!

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