Academics like to look down their nose at colleagues who are committed networkers. But they fail to understand that connections are essential for a successful career in academia too.
Software developers work in almost all industries. Modern information technology is used everywhere from business and administration to social and artistic fields. Due to the wide range of applications, software developers are in demand and are well paid.
Many companies are offering students the opportunity to put their knowledge to practical use already before completing their studies - by writing their master thesis at a company.