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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Greendan, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. Greendan

    Greendan New Member

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    Hi All,

    New User here. Been reading the forums for a couple of days so thought I'd say hi.

    Hi.

    I'm one of those 'aiming for a career in IT types'. My current experience in professional IT is low. Erm...none.

    My current plan is to aim to do a degree (possibly Computing with Psychological Studies) with the OU, maybe get a foot in the door of a company on help desk suppport (I have plenty of call centre experience - too much!) and then fingers crossed work my way up. I'm more interested in programming than hardware. I've done a bit of 'hobby' programming waaaay back starting on a Spectrum ZX (Yay for BASIC) and a few years later got to VB via QBASIC. I did a little bit of C++.

    So, yeah, thats the Plan, I'm Dan. Hello.
     
  2. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Hi and welcome to CF!

    Perhaps I'm old fashioned, but a computing degree and then doing help-desk work, when you want to be a programmer seems slightly odd to me!

    Harry.
     
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  3. Greendan

    Greendan New Member

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    I see where you're coming from! The help desk thing is just a way of getting in the door whilst I'm doing the degree, getting real life experience, then working my way up the career ladder.
     
  4. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    That makes sense! And you possibly left out the most important bit about doing a help-desk job - paying the rent! :p

    Harry.
     
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  5. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

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    Welcome to the forums...
     
  6. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    If you're interested in programming, learn to program. Entry-level programmers (at least in the US) make a LOT more money than a help desk tech does, and they're currently in demand (again, at least in the US).

    That said, there is wisdom in paying the bills while learning how to program. :)
     
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  7. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Good luck with the studies.

    NB
     
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  8. Greendan

    Greendan New Member

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    Yeah, I read an article on the BBC saying programmers were in demand. This is kinda what got me thinking on an IT career. I did A-Level IT, just at the time the market was getting full of IT people (apparantly) and now it's diminishing again I figured it would be a good time to have a go at getting in.

    I'm gonna pick up a JAVA book to get my hand back in. Anyone know of any certifications in programming? I've has a look around and seem to only be able to find the Sun ones?
     
  9. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    For Java the Sun certs are the right ones.

    However - in general in the programming world nobody pays much attention to certs. They focus, in interviews, on whether you can do the job, and your experience.

    Harry.
     
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  10. greenbrucelee
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    Hi welcome :)
     
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  11. Greendan

    Greendan New Member

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    Oh dear...:dry
     
  12. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

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    You could do a lot worse than get a degree and the SCJP, having said that I concentrated on learning C++ inside out for 6 years, I didn't get any certs, (for a start there weren't any) and it didn't do my career any harm.

    It really depends what you want to do, theres plenty of demand for GOOD developers, but maintaining a career as a programmer is a 24/7 job. You will be expected to know MANY subjects inside out.

    Theres a lot of demand for various other lanuages too, so you might want to keep an eye on the future and the market when you choose.

    Eventually you will probably need to know quite a few languages, but to start with i'd limit it to the minimum until you grasp the basics.
     
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  13. BosonMichael
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    Breaking in is the hardest part, mate.
     
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