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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 6. Employment options: Enumerate your choices

It’s easy to fall into the trap of just doing what everyone else does and follow the path laid out for you. While it’s true that most software developers will work as an employee for most of their careers, it isn’t your only option. There are many profitable ways to put your programming skills to good use.

You might not even be aware that there are other options besides traditional employment—I know I wasn’t. In this chapter, I’ll lay out your options so you can better decide what you want for your future. Later in this section, we’ll look at each one of these options and learn what it takes to succeed down each employment path.

Option 1: The employee

This is the default and obvious employment ...

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