As a developer, you probably take the tech you use for granted. But I want you to - just for a moment - to marvel at our connected society.
Not only can we connect via video with overseas friends and family at the push of a button using a device that fits in your back pocket, we can also bring the workplace with us wherever we go.
And with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, connectivity technology has opened up the world in never before seen ways for working and learning.
Reap the Benefits
The first benefit of remote working is a better work-life balance. As long as you meet your deadlines, you have the freedom to manage your own time and the way you approach your work.
For many people, this increased autonomy brings more work satisfaction too.
Many developers also find that with fewer workplace distractions, they get more done. In an office, there are many potential interruptions, from the background chatter of other people’s conversations and phone calls to colleagues coming over for a chat.
Of course, remote working also means that you can work from anywhere with an internet connection. You might work from your home, from your favourite cafe, or even from a holiday location.
This also means that job opportunities are not just limited to the city you live in. Remote working allows you to have colleagues from all over the globe.
Finally, by working remotely, you’ve made your commute only as long as your walk from your breakfast table to your office. Depending on where you live, this can mean significant savings on transportation costs as well as commuting time.
The Pitfalls of Remote Working
The first and most common pitfall is a lack of routine. It’s easy to become distracted by your kids, the laundry or your latest hobby.
(However, by setting a schedule for yourself that clearly delineates your work life from your home life, you can quickly develop a routine. Once you’re in a productive routine, it’s just a matter of sticking to it!)
One of the other downsides of not working in the office, is that you might miss opportunities for social interaction and collaboration. Sometimes a watercooler chat will turn into an unexpected partnership that benefits your project. By not running into colleagues, you will miss out on those opportunities.
Another drawback is that it’s harder to stay in the loop of what’s happening in the office. The office ‘grapevine’ is useful as an employee to know what’s going on and where opportunities for further growth lie.
If you’re on a permanent remote working arrangement, not being in the loop could make it harder for you to advance in your career.
Continued Professional Development
How can you still continue to develop and grow your skills remotely to ensure you are the go-to person in your field?
Platforms like Skilledd make it easy for you to keep exploring opportunities within the industry and remedy any gaps in your technical skills and knowledge.
Skilledd’s talent coaches advise you on how to improve your profile and which areas to get further training in, so that you can continue to grow in your career even while never setting foot in the office.
They also have a range of free technical assessments that you can take, and will give you a breakdown of your strengths and shortfalls in each domain once you’re done. You can even advance your career through Skilledd, as they will share and match your profile to suitable opportunities in the top international tech firms.
Take the Next Step in Your Career
With the shift in the industry to focus more on quality of output and deliverables (as opposed to the number of hours you spend in the office), more companies are now looking to build their own offshore teams.
Learn more about full-time remote working opportunities with Skilledd today.