When trying to get your foot in the door to build a career in programming you can take one of two paths. One, Educational, where you get a collage degree or take up Internships for experience. Or two, recreational, where you have done programming in the past for fun but now are thinking of turning it into a career.
Below is some advice to give you a batter idea of how to build a career our of programming online:
So you haven't got the grades, the degree or the experience. Get your own showcase website and write about software, document your experiences and even give away software you've written. Find a niche where you are the expert that everyone respects. Linus Torvalds (the first four letters in Linux) was a nobody until he started Linux off. There are new technologies coming along every few weeks or months so pick one of those.
Job Agents know Enough but…
They aren't technical and have to recruit according to what their client tells them. If you have spent the last year learning version X of a hot programming language and your rsesume is up against a ten year veteran who only knows version X-1, it's the veteran whose resume will be chucked in the bin.
Freelance or Wage Slave?
The Web has made it possible to escape the college route to a job. You can be a freelancer or find a need and write software to fill it. There are many one man outfits selling software on the web. First you need to learn at least one programming language.
What Careers are there in Programming?
- Get A Programming Job.
- Freelance via the Web.
- Sell Software via the Web.
- Run a service via the web.
What Types of Programming Work Can I do?
Programmers tend to specialize by industry sector. Games programmers don't write aviation control software or valuation software for financial trades. Each industry sector has its own specialist knowledge, and you should expect it to take a year full-time to get up to speed. Important These days you are expected to have business knowledge as well as technical. In many jobs, that edge will get you the job.
Will I Need to Keep Learning?
Always! Expect to be learning new skills throughout your career. In programming, everything changes every five to seven years. There are always new versions of operating systems coming along every few years, bringing new features, even new languages like C#. Its a career long learning curve. Even older languages like C and C++ are changing with new features and there will always be new languages to learn.
Am I too Old?
You're never too old to learn. One of the best programmers I ever interviewed for a job was 60! In case you're wondering what is the difference between a programmer and a software developer? The answer is none. It just means the same! Now a software engineer is similar but not the same. Want to know the difference? Read about software engineering.
Now that you have a better idea of how to build a career in programming you can get started right away.
What type of experience do you feel is the best to get when trying to create a career out of programming?