23/11/2020

Categories: Computing, Postgraduate

The Life of a Remote Software Engineer: Upskilling for a Flexible Future

Not only is software engineering the world’s most in-demand profession (according to research by Michael Page), but it’s also one that offers a great deal of flexibility. Remote work and freelancing are gaining popularity among software developers and engineers, and this trend could also have a positive impact on wages. It is estimated that during the time period of 2019-2023, the IT outsourcing market will flourish at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4.42%.

If you’re a computing graduate looking to upgrade your skills and you dream of having a good work/life balance, our MSc Software Engineering course could be for you.


Why choose remote or freelance work?

Remote employees tend to have a bit more flexibility during the working week. Not only are your desk hours more malleable than the standard nine-to-five, but you also save a lot time without long daily commutes. This means you can fit your job around other commitments or interests, and have more time to relax during the day.

If you decide to become a freelance software engineer, you also get the opportunity to work with different clients, giving you a diverse portfolio and varied work experience.


Is it easy finding remote software engineers jobs?

Highly-skilled software engineers and developers are in-demand in the global gig economy, making the remote recruitment landscape one that offers excellent job prospects. If you are interested in working as a freelancer or full-time worker with a remote contract, upskilling now could be a great way to build a better future.

If you enjoy being your own boss and have the ambition and drive to take it to the next level, this can even lead to starting your own remote business. Freelancing can quickly accelerate your career development, and the more experience you gain, the more job and business opportunities you’ll have.


Upskill at the University of Bolton

Our MSc Software Engineering course opens in January 2021 and is designed to develop your skills for the workplace, whether you want to work in-house or as a remote contractor. There are so many reasons to choose the University of Bolton too, as we rank in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, as well as in the Top 50 UK Universities in The Guardian University League Tables 2021.

Additionally, we rank in the Top 10 for Student Satisfaction in Computer Science Courses in the Complete University Guide in 2021 (as well as No.1 in the North West across all courses for the past three years). 

To enrol in January 2021, visit our course page for details.

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