computer careers for the un(der) educated?
November 7, 2011 3:27 PM Subscribe
Thinking about the future. What certifications, courses, qualifications, etc. should I be looking at?
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand to work & money (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I currently have a job which I love and have no intention of leaving. But, things happen so I figure I should start thinking ahead for once in my life. (Booo!)
I like computers, figuring out what makes them tick and getting them to do what I want them to do. I have very little formal computer science education but I've been fiddling with computers and programming, starting with Basic on our Commodore 64, since I was a kid. I got my first exposure to linux in university and have been using it on my own computers exclusively for nearly a decade now (debian testing in case anyone cares.)
I'm not a guru by any stretch of the imagination but I'm entirely comfortable on the command line. I actually enjoy digging through man pages looking for obscure options on the off chance that I might, one day, need to know about them. And because I have a strange definition of "fun." I'm also amassing a fairly substantial set of custom shell scripts which I've written for all sorts of things.
Anyway, blah blah blah, the actual question: Suppose I wanted to pursue some sort of career involving some, or all, of these things, without having to go back to university for four years. What might that career be and what qualifications should I start looking into to do so?
I realize the question is a bit vague but, as I mentioned, I'm currently employed and not actually looking for a new job, just possibilities for the scary, unknown future. Thanks in advance.
Oh! And I'm in Montreal if it matters.