Why is experience in software development important
What and where do business informatics graduates actually work?
“And what can I do with it after graduation?” In only a few subjects the answer is as varied as in business informatics. So that you can get an impression of what is behind the numerous job titles, we asked graduates of business informatics to tell us about their everyday work.
This is what my daily work looks like
I like the fact that you are constantly learning that communication between the developers works very well with us and that everyone can deal with constructive criticism.
I am currently working as a software developer in a start-up company that offers a web-based HR solution for personnel development and training. Working in a small team means having more freedom and design options, but also more personal responsibility.
I like the fact that you are constantly learning that communication between the developers works very well here and that everyone can deal with constructive criticism. In practice, you usually work independently on a task, but keep others up to date, or ask for advice if there is a problem. So far, I've worked for the longest in a company in the glass industry that is part of an international group.
Even if I didn't really like the more rigid structures and long decision-making processes, the job also had some advantages: The tasks were interesting (for example the company developed its own ERP system), I was able to visit the European sister plants and in an international one Team work, including half a year at the company headquarters in Michigan. These are experiences that I definitely don't want to miss. A great advantage of my job is its versatility: If you no longer like the work environment, the tasks or perspectives, you can always find a job in which everything is completely different without your own skills losing value.
Personally, I haven't had bad experiences in my job so far. What bothers me, however, is the attempt to establish a low-wage sector in IT too. Graduates in particular are increasingly found in companies that pay poorly, make excessive demands that can only be met with overtime, and offer no further training or career opportunities. I can only advise everyone not to allow themselves to be exploited in this way.
My job is for you if you ...
This job is also an excellent stepping stone to move into, for example, personnel management, teaching, consulting or even self-employment.
... like to work on the computer, have a good abstract imagination, always like to learn new things and like to get things going, even if you have to tinker around a little.
Everything else can be more or less influenced by the choice of job: whether you have to travel or not, whether you work in a team or alone, whether you are given the tasks or work independently and so on. If you are not sure whether you really want to program your entire working life, you should not forget that this job can also be an excellent stepping stone to, for example, switch to personnel management, teaching, consulting or even self-employment.
I advise you if you want to pursue my career path:
Programming is only learned through programming, nobody can do that for you. And hone your English, it's the language of the industry.
At university you learn the theoretical basics, but programming can only be learned through programming, nobody can do that for you. However, it is important to receive qualified feedback (and of course to accept it). So don't be afraid to show others your code and ask for advice. And if you get embarrassed by your own code after a while, then that's quite normal and you're on the right track - every good programmer feels the same way.
I think one of the best ways to learn something new and develop yourself further is to participate in or initiate open source projects. Otherwise, I can only advise trying out as many things as possible: different programming languages, different tools, different concepts and paradigms. And if the opportunity arises, even other countries.
Speaking of foreign countries: hone your English, it is the language of the industry. Many specialist books do not exist in German or only some time later. Most software companies comment and document in English, some even make it their company language. And if you look for answers on the Internet, the answer you are looking for is usually in English.
There are also other jobs for business informatics. The occupational fields of my fellow students were, for example ...
As a business IT specialist, you don't necessarily have to program; there are many areas in which this is little or no demand. Consulting can include programming work, but does not have to, for example when it comes to the introduction of complex software such as SAP.
Other interesting tasks are administration, quality assurance or modeling. If programming shouldn't be the main thing, you can specialize in web design or DevOps, for example. And of course a career in research and teaching, as a trainer, coach or team leader is also possible.
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