From Networking to Software Engineer

Verizon xMfF73
Oct 28 15 Comments

Hi,

I'm currently working as a Network Engineer. In my role I do alot of automation using various programming languages. When an opportunity is presented I create web applications for various members on my team to try to make tasks they complain about easier to work with. I’ve fallen in love with the process and would like to make the switch from Network to Software Engineer, but the current company I work for outsources all of the Software projects so I don’t have anyone to go to for advice on this topic. I’m a former collegiate athlete and I feel the best move would be to find someone who could kind of mentor me. I also live in the Dallas area which seems to be a dead zone for all things exciting. Has anyone that has experienced this type of situation offer me any advice on steps I could take to better my chances of moving into Software Engineering? Any advice is appreciate, Thanks in advance!

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  • LinkedIn XVbs76
    DM me. I’ve been on similar path and landed a staff SRE position.
    Oct 28 9
    • Walmart suul61
      Thank you for the detailed reply. I’ll definitely keep your suggestions in mind as I continue.
      Oct 28
    • LinkedIn XVbs76
      Also don’t use programming language as a skill. Use it as a tool to get the job done and you’ll learn way more quickly. I used Java during my coursework in college. But at work I picked up python and related frameworks and used it in couple projects as it fit the bill. Now I’m back doing Java used heavily at LI
      Oct 28
    • Walmart suul61
      Do I prioritise Leetcode over trying to do SWE work at my DS job? I understand doing both would be optimal but is it better to invest more in one more than the other?
      Oct 28
    • LinkedIn XVbs76
      For the big N leetcode is unfortunately needed at some level. But don’t waste a lot of time on it. I don’t have interview experience in other parts of the country (or world) unfortunately and this advice applies to Big N specifically. IME the quicker way to get a gig is to focus on acing the interview 70% and 30% working on side/ work projects that are relevant.
      Oct 28
    • Verizon ctrlDelete
      Man this is amazing. Thanks for the insight.
      Oct 29
  • Dropbox dbxfest
    LinkedIn SRE would be perfect! Great company and SRE culture as well
    Oct 28 0
  • Roku cruella
    U already r a programmer.

    All u need is ur first swe to make it official.
    Oct 28 0
  • Bank of America / IT nyc_eng
    You sound hungry and willing to learn. Keep learning, apply all over, be ready to move to different location. Huston is an option.
    Oct 28 0
  • Verizon sirdork
    Start with Network Automation. There is a huge market for it with lack of potential employees. The market is ready to be tapped. There is a lot of potential of Software development type role in Network Engineering and Cloud Network Engineering. In fact nearly all Network Engineering roles require you to know Python now. Reach out to me if you need more info. I am on the DFW area as well.
    Oct 29 0
  • Verizon xMfF73
    OP
    I am very eager to learn I feel like a good mentor would do me good. Since I played Football in college, I’ve pretty much been coached all my life. Is it normal for Senior Engineer to actually mentor younger ones? Sadly, from my experience at Verizon this isn’t happening.
    Oct 28 0

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