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What are you actually looking to get into?

Maybe security or networking.
My plan is to graduate with the experience I'll gain as an intern. After that, I want to work as a Border Patrol agent. Not as a field agent, but stationed at the checkpoints.
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I took a few of the information systems classes in college, ended up going for CS instead.
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I do computer programming/software engineering for a rapid development research lab on a distributed system that is way overcomplicated (that's what happens when people are always rushed, and features mutate over 15 or so years).

I got into the field because I grew up with computers around and had a lot of fun with them, and was exposed to programming tangentially and found it fun. I also felt it was a safe choice because a programmer doesn't need to work for somebody else; so long as one has even a cheap computer they can create a useful program to sell.

I enjoy my current work, not necessarily my current job. I think programmers tend to be treated as second class citizens at a lot of work places, and many times people don't understand what's involved in creating the programs or features they ask for, which can result in excessive expectations and a lack of appreciation. Somehow it's always the programmers that work the late hours and weekends... though that doesn't happen as often where I work as at some other places.

So far as the work itself is concerned, like said, it's complicated, the code base is huge, and there is little documentation, so it can be frustrating searching through the code trying to figure out where and what needs to be changed. The research is in a very specific subject, so lack of knowledge in that domain is also a hindrance. Still, it does tend to produce interesting problems; which is a welcome change from most of my previous jobs.

I love books, quiet environments and not being hassled with people (though I like to help people), so I had considered being a librarian. I think I would have been very happy with that, but I felt there was not much future for libraries. I don't regret my choice at this point, though I rarely actually want to go to work even though I like programming. I guess I'm just lazy.
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I have been a developer for over 20 years now which means I am really old to most of you guys/gals. I have had jobs where I would do 18 hour shifts in crunch times with extreme pressure put upon myself and my team. I have had months go by when I am had to figure out how to make my work last the day without collapsing of boredom.

I have gone through multiple technology shifts, language changes and constantly having to spend time learning new skills.

With everything said, I love the work and the constant learning. So if you want to get into this field I suggest you do what I do, find a project that you can turn into a program and start programming. It can be anything and It is a great way to make a fun project turn into a career and you will find that you will gain real experience.

BTW: Most developers I know are self taught, there are few I have seen that have a degree and when they do, it was attained after the career. I think it is more of the mind set then the classroom instruction.
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I work for a local MSO as a Net Ops Engineer. I got a AS in Programming but quickly shifted into IT doing desktop support at first then transitioning into Networking. All my network Knowledge is self taught via books and Online stuff. College is good but not necessary, if you can find a good place to start ground floor and work your way up. Any company that wants a degree over experience wants to pay you peanuts for a job that should be paying well!
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MrKimba wrote:

With everything said, I love the work and the constant learning. So if you want to get into this field I suggest you do what I do, find a project that you can turn into a program and start programming. It can be anything and It is a great way to make a fun project turn into a career and you will find that you will gain real experience.

BTW: Most developers I know are self taught, there are few I have seen that have a degree and when they do, it was attained after the career. I think it is more of the mind set then the classroom instruction.


I feel the same way... I havent stopped learning either ... I may be way younger than you are but I can understand that concept... I am self taught as well... I think if I went to school that would probably screw me up with what I know already...I love to learn... and I love to learn the hard way.. by screwing something up before I fix it... thats how I learned how to program... and I know there is a vast sea of knowledge out there to grasp and what I know is only a small portion of that....I don't think I would do well in school... but I came this far with out it right!

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I've got my A+ and Net+ certs, but I'm still not sure if I want to do.. I might go into a different field.

I blame it on my last job. My supervisor called my stupid all the time (about computers) and I just kinda started believing it :\
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I've got my A+ and Net+ certs, but I'm still not sure if I want to do.. I might go into a different field.

I blame it on my last job. My supervisor called my stupid all the time (about computers) and I just kinda started believing it :\


In this field, there is so much to know that not knowing everything isn't something to insult somebody over.
If you're able to do what's commonly expected of you and willing to learn to handle the less common tasks as needed, that's all any reasonable person can ask.

If you enjoy the work, perhaps it would be a good idea to try working for somebody else for a little while before switching fields. Not every supervisor is abusive. Maybe you're actually really good at what you do, and another employer would have a proper appreciation for your skills.

Having said that, pursuing a different field may be a good choice if you have something else you're interested in, but I personally wouldn't let that supervisor be a factor in such a choice - there is no shortage of people with nasty attitudes in any field.
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Lets see, I was self-taught up until high school but I went for a breadth versus depth approach so I kinda just learned about ANYTHING related to business and technology so everything from consumer tech to enterprise, etc.

Started learning in Elementary School just messing around, started to learn about malware removal and some very basic computer maintenance and very basic networking in middle school. By high school I went to a Voc. School learned A+ and got my certification also learned Cisco networking but passed on my CCENT (I so regret that...) , got a rough understanding of programming through learning python but couldn't really program.

Now I'm at a community college brain draining unfortunately, but not all bad I'm learning Java, studying toward a Computer Engineering degree and I'm working as a computer lab technician (very boring not much technical troubleshooting to be honest you help students more then do any tech work) and recently got a job at a nonprofit that works with troubled teens. In this job I'll be helping another guy with some IT projects that need done so probably some databases for assets and volunteers, and a whole bunch of projects the executive director needs done. Our little two man group will probably have to deal with anything that runs on electricity. (Dealing with telephones and extension systems anyone?) Possibly even do a bit of graphic design work. Ha-ha kinda like a start-up you get to wear many hats

Nice thing about that is I'll probably have to accelerate my learning, (Have to do some Server Administration like in high school, but in an actual mission critical environment.) I'll have to pick things up as needed so I'll probably be doing a lot of self-teaching but hey there's a purpose to it besides for the sake of learning, so I'm excited to be able to learn and help out in the process.

Honestly I'm just hoping to get some residual income started or get some work experience before I finally transfer and formally start learning computer engineering.
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I work as a senior programmer/analyst. I, also, was self taught in everything I've learned. I didn't get a degree or certs. I love my work and my job. When I was very young, I wanted to make games. By the time I was a teenager, that goal had changed a bit and I just wanted to do programming, not necessarily on games.



benihimechan wrote:

I've got my A+ and Net+ certs, but I'm still not sure if I want to do.. I might go into a different field.

I blame it on my last job. My supervisor called my stupid all the time (about computers) and I just kinda started believing it :\


In my prior workplace I worked for a small company that didn't understand or appreciate my programming. The CEO called it rinky-dink. This was after I automated my prior 6 hours worth of tasks and built an app for another department that greatly improved their efficiency. When this company was merging into my current company, the person that was my supervisor during the merger (he worked for the new company) had a very condescending tone and manner. My first impression of him was that he was one of those supervisors that don't know that much about the field they are supervising, so they act condescendingly to those they manage in an effort to seem more knowledgeable than they are, to keep order in their department, and/or so that they are not replaced. I found out later that my impression was correct, but that he had mellowed by the time I met him. It could be your supervisor was similar in that regard. Fortunately, the place I work now is very appreciative of my work.
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I initially taught myself QBASIC while I was in high school and then went on to teach myself C. After graduating from high school I got a B.S. in Computer Science and now work at the small private college I attended, as a member of their IT Services. My primary responsibilities are related to supporting all of the academic computers on the campus and managing the servers that support the academic licensing, software distribution and patching, maintenance, and client management. Overall, I'd have to say it's a pretty easy job, but it is not very engaging, or rewarding and the pay is fairly poor (compared to similar jobs in the field).

I also got into IT with the intent of breaking into game development, but that never happened. I still have ideas for games from time to time, but haven't really pursued them. I can't say I'm happy with my job, but at this point I can't think of something I'd rather be doing and my motivation level is pretty poor, so I stick around, do my job, and collect my paycheck.

The most coding I do now is writing simple scripts to handle computer and account maintenance. Some friends and I have talked about working on other projects together, but I just haven't felt motivated enough to really do it.
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benihimechan wrote:

I've got my A+ and Net+ certs, but I'm still not sure if I want to do.. I might go into a different field.

I blame it on my last job. My supervisor called my stupid all the time (about computers) and I just kinda started believing it :\


In this field, there is so much to know that not knowing everything isn't something to insult somebody over.
If you're able to do what's commonly expected of you and willing to learn to handle the less common tasks as needed, that's all any reasonable person can ask.

If you enjoy the work, perhaps it would be a good idea to try working for somebody else for a little while before switching fields. Not every supervisor is abusive. Maybe you're actually really good at what you do, and another employer would have a proper appreciation for your skills.

Having said that, pursuing a different field may be a good choice if you have something else you're interested in, but I personally wouldn't let that supervisor be a factor in such a choice - there is no shortage of people with nasty attitudes in any field.


Very true..I actually don't mind answering phone calls, resetting passwords and such. It's just that in the town I live in, there's not many IT jobs without 30 experience needed, but I'm moving to a bigger town this year so I'll have more opportunities.

Sadly, I wasn't the only one she did that to. I think she though everyone that worked the counter was inferior to her.... idk she was kinda a bitch..
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Posted 2/2/13 , edited 2/2/13
I am not admitting, I am not telling, and I a not fixing your computer.

I did a shot stint while looking for more permanent work but I prefer life as an engineering technician.. the pay is better.


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