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Software Development Career Advice

It can be hard to find software development career advice with the politics at most companies.

Who do you trust? And how do you know the advice doesn’t have a hidden agenda behind it?

I’ll share advice here that I wish someone would have told me in my software development career.

Hard-won advice to help you have a realistic mindset and healthy expectations over your career in software development.

Many people think about technology, salary, and promotions when they think of their software development career.

But I think it’s more important to understand the dynamics of people and snags you can get into with how your expected to work.

I hope this helps you stay growing in your software development career!

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