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If you’re looking for a job where you’ll be rewarded for innovation and thinking “outside of the box”, while working in an exciting and constantly evolving industry, you may have considered becoming a software developer. Western Australia is an excellent place to become a software developer, as you’ll find this part of the country has long been a hub for those interested in starting businesses, changing careers, and becoming entrepreneurs. Perth is where many people have naturally gravitated due to the booming economy, and it’s bursting with enthusiastic young people, and older, more experienced developers who are willing to give advice. You may be surprised to know that you don’t need a degree to become a software development, and in fact careers in the industry are wide open. While it is certainly a highly skilled profession, there aren’t any formal exams or accreditations for those who want to become a developer. While graduate programmers will find it easier to find jobs, there are a few things you can do to make yourself stand out from other applicants: Be Enthusiastic The most important thing for those who are hiring developers is to find those who actually love working with computers. While technical knowledge can be taught, the best developers are enthusiastic and passionate about programming. Do your Research Technology is always evolving, so it’s important to stay on top of new developments, especially if you’re not guided by a solid framework. Knowledge of unit testing, TDD, and version control systems like Git is essential, and open source projects are a great way to learn from others and build software together. Be Social The good news is that the software development industry is very friendly, and there are plenty of groups available for those of all abilities. There are also conferences, seminars, and talks which can teach you plenty of new skills, and allow you to meet new people in the industry.