Software Engineer | Akua Apeagyei

Akua is a software engineer at Lyst and has been there for 6 months.

A misconception that just needs to go is that you need to be a genius to work in the tech industry. You don’t. You just need to have a passion and a desire to learn.

Akua Apeagyei

Sections of this video:

  • Educational Background- 00:10
  • Advice for students choosing their subjects- 01:05
  • Not attending university?- 01:43
  • Steps to increase technical skill- 02:38
  • A Day in the Life of a Software Engineer- 03:36
  • Unexpected things about your career- 05:31
  • The Technical Aspects- 07:02
  • And for those just starting out?- 08:49
  • Experiences as a woman in tech- 09:39

So How Can I Become a Software Engineer?

As Akua pointed out, people get into software engineering from very diverse backgrounds but there are some subjects that are helpful to study which include:

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Electronic Engineering

How Much will I earn?

This does depend on where you choose to work but software engineering salaries can start from £18,000 a year and from there the average salary for a software engineer is between £25,000 and £50,000 a year.

In more senior roles, the salary can vary from £45,000 to £70,000 or sometimes more per year.*

* https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/software-engineer

Akua’s Recommendations

STEMettes- https://stemettes.org/

Codebar- https://codebar.io/

Makers- https://makers.tech/

Code First: Girls- https://www.codefirstgirls.org.uk/

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