Careers in Software Development for STEM PhDs (Feb. 22-26, 2016)

Software is such a huge deal in society today that it almost becomes a monolith: anyone with a computer science or computer engineering background can and probably will become a “software developer.” But software development is much more than just writing code. There is a research side, a product side and many different roles to play in the process, drawing on very different skill sets. You do not necessrily need a CS or CE background to get into software: there is room for all disciplines, given the right match between person and role. And you don’t necessarily have to work for a software company per se. Many different kinds of businesses, and even some government agencies and larger nonprofits, employ software developers internally to create and improve their own internal solutions.

Join us February 22-26 in the Versatile PhD STEM forum for a virtual panel discussion of “Careers in Software Development.” Several panelists will join us, all PhDs working in various facets of software development at different kinds of organizations. Their roles are diverse, and so are their academic backgrounds. Most of them have PhDs in STEM disciplnes other than CS or CE. You will be fascinated to hear about their experiences and perspectives in this pervasive yet infinitely varying field.

Panelists will introduce themselves Monday, February 22 and will answer your questions for the rest of the week through Friday, February 26.

To participate, join VPhD if you haven’t already, then visit the STEM forum any time that week. Look for threads beginning with the word “Panel.” No special registration or sign-up for the panel discussion is required beyond simply joining the Versatile PhD community. Joining automatically gets you access to the discussion forum and therefore to the panel.

You can follow the discussion by email if you wish: once signed in, go to MyVPhD > Notifications. All the choices are there for you: weekly digest, daily digest, or per post (every post sent to your inbox).

Anyone may join VPhD for free and enjoy this great web-based discussion. Invite friends!