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Should I go to school to be a SysAdmin?

I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Why is there such a huge difference in web developer salaries?

I'm studying web development. The yearly salary estimates I've found online range from $40,000 to $80,000 or more. What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jul 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Need some programming career advice

Need some special snowflake programming career advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Hivemind, please help me choose a career direction

In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox on Jun 13, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I do more coding while still using my Civil Engineering skills?

I want to make mapping and programming a bigger part of my work, while still using my background in water resources. What are some career options that might give me that opportunity? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on May 23, 2014 - 1 answer

Concrete steps from academic economics into data science/management

I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

What's my career

Help me find a new career where I don't have to take my job home with me. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Nov 13, 2013 - 29 answers

How to transition into software without a CS degree

Career advice filter: I'm currently an experienced research assistant at a major research university (three years out of undergrad) who developed serious programming skills working on NLP projects doing parsing and information retrieval. My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. I'm attempting a career transition into a more purely technical, software-oriented, possibly NLP-flavored position. Do you have any practical advice for ways that I can showcase my programming abilities and/or convince prospective employers that I am solid candidate (despite the lack of CS degree)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2013 - 9 answers

A change of scenery would be nice

I'm in a pretty miserable job and I'm trying to get another gig. A yearlong job hunt hasn't really been fruitful, so I'm trying to branch out. What else should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 9 answers

tech recruiter for a phd?

I'm lacking direction in my job hunt. Can you recommend a specific tech recruiter? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Talk to me programmers!

Is it worth changing careers, getting a masters in CS? [more inside]
posted by nel on Apr 12, 2013 - 17 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

Best questions to pose to the interviewers in a programming interview?

What are some really good questions to pose to the interviewers at the end of a programming interview? I'm looking for ones that make the interviewers feel good about you (great question!) but ALSO make them feel good about their organization - so that everything ends on a happy note. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 7, 2013 - 14 answers

How to approach a Masters in Computer Science

I am interested in going back to school for a masters in something, but probably comp sci. I would like some advice on how to approach this. [more inside]
posted by dubitable on Jan 4, 2013 - 7 answers

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps for their organizations?

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps today? For customer use, obviously, but for internal use too? Built in-house or contracted out? Android or iOS or both? Or are web-apps for mobile preferred? Where can I read more about this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 26, 2012 - 3 answers

Hope Me Reboot My Career, This Time As a Programmer

I'm a 41 year-old father/husband considering a career reboot. Considering programming. How to get started at my age? Snowflake questions inside. [more inside]
posted by skypieces on Aug 8, 2012 - 22 answers

How do I know when to leave a good job?

I'm a software developer in my early 30s, working in the defense industry. I'm pretty happy with my job, but wondering if I should move on. I would be looking to move to the San Francisco area. My question is, how do I know when to leave a pretty good job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I get the most out of my co-op job?

Programmers and other IT folks: what advice can you give a programmer co-op student to help her get the most out of this summer job experience? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on May 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I perservere with my IT degree?

A year and a half ago, stuck in what I thought was a dead-end job, I decided to do a degree in computing/IT with the Open University. Six months later, I landed a job as a Test Analyst in the IT department of the company I was working for. I now have an actual career. I've been continuing with the degree, but I'm finding bits of it very dull and it's difficult to get motivated. Should I keep going? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on May 8, 2012 - 18 answers

Too bad money isn't confetti, or I'd throw it at school.

Pay less for online classes or more for sitting in a classroom? Get clicky for career-switching details... [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Long term programmer?

Programmer longevity concern ? [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Mar 16, 2012 - 6 answers

How should I pursue a career in software development?

I’m interested in a career in software development. How should I pursue this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 - 22 answers

A rewarding job? Is that a thing?

Can you help me find a more interesting, fulfilling job in the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

What color is my parachute?

I'm beginning to figure out what I enjoy doing (coding-type stuff), but don't have a real background in it. What career paths should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by hot soup on Jan 5, 2012 - 9 answers

"Computer programmer seeks new challenges"

I have a good computer science degree and about 4 years' experience as a programmer. What other jobs can I do? [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Nov 11, 2011 - 12 answers

computer careers for the un(der) educated?

Thinking about the future. What certifications, courses, qualifications, etc. should I be looking at? [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand on Nov 7, 2011 - 4 answers

42 and something new?

With no background, how long will it take to build and manage an android app from scratch? [more inside]
posted by kanemano on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Careers for someone who can code

I'm good at programming computers. But I don't want to be a software developer. What can I do for a career and what should I be doing now to make it possible? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 25, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me pick a new programming language to learn

I'm a developer at a C++ shop right now, and would like to expand my skills in order to be more versatile and marketable. What's the next programming language I should learn? (I know some assembly, and very basic HTML)
posted by Stephanie Duy on Jul 24, 2011 - 31 answers

Is there such a thing as an 'easy' programming job?

What would be the easist kind of programming job a person could get? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 22, 2011 - 25 answers

What is the best way for someone with plenty of sysadmin and programming experience but no actual professional IT experience to begin a career in IT?

What is the best way for someone with plenty of sysadmin and programming experience but no actual professional IT experience to begin a career in IT? [more inside]
posted by jpg15 on Jul 1, 2011 - 10 answers

Training for a new career in IT

I'm ready for a career change and I've always wanted to work in IT. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I become a consultant?

Should I become a consultant? Please help me decide! Please let me know where I can find more information. I am really clueless about legal aspects of consulting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2010 - 7 answers

Python Programming: How to go from Amateur to Pro?

I love programming in Python. I'm smart and savvy, and I pick things up very quickly. I live in New York. I want a job, but I have no work experience as a programmer. How do I transition from grad school in the humanities to an awesome tech job? How should I market myself? How do I get past the hurdle of having a typical humanities PhD student resume? [more inside]
posted by limon on Jul 31, 2010 - 7 answers

Get me back on track with my GIS career

I am pursuing a career in GIS and I need to refresh my skills and learn new ones. Which tutorials, classes, websites, industry magazines, conferences, etc. would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Mar 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for a preview of my first 6 months or so as a junior programmer

When I get my first junior programmer job - fresh out of school, shiny faced and new - what will that look like? What will I be tasked with? What will the expectations of me be? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 20, 2010 - 22 answers

What first sparked your interest in computers?

I need help finding citations for a story about programmer's inspirations. A giant whiteboard asks for the spark that interested people in computers and the answers are all video games. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 17, 2009 - 2 answers

I am struggling with relatively simple algorithms. Am I doomed?

ProgrammingFilter: Just how lame is it that I can't come up with (create from scratch) a string matching algorithm? Can I still become a programmer? I need your honesty. [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 23, 2009 - 44 answers

Help me be an IT wizard.

I will need to change careers, but I have a bit of time to plan this out. What should my next computer- or education-related job be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Advice on Someone Interested in a Programming Career?

As someone who is in their mid-thirties, what are some realistic alternatives for me if I want to learn and eventually get a career in programming? [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Jul 17, 2009 - 23 answers

Need to decide which computer skills I need

What computer skills should I acquire to be relevant today? Dreamweaver? HTML? Flash? I don't even know what the options are! [more inside]
posted by cherie72 on Mar 5, 2009 - 10 answers

The career change I need

Do any progressive organizations need full-time programmers? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Grownups can't learn programming?

"If you wait to teach them until college, it's almost always too late; adult brains generally can't form the deep structures necessary to learn real programming, only rote copy-paste code monkeying." [article] Uhh... seriously? [more inside]
posted by Tubes on Aug 5, 2008 - 30 answers

GUI Career Options

I want to go into graphical user interface design. What type of college program should I investigate? What type of careers are available? Can I make good money in this field but still have free time, or is it like any other programming job with long hours?
posted by parallax7d on Jun 25, 2008 - 15 answers

Help me pick a second degree.

Considering a career change to Coding/Programming. Advice wanted. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity on Jun 25, 2008 - 20 answers

I am 36 years old and I want a career change.

I am 36 years old and I want a career change. [more inside]
posted by SoulNoise on Jun 17, 2008 - 7 answers

My job sucks help me switch to programming .

How long would it take to become decent at programming Java for someone with basic non OO programming skills? [more inside]
posted by ilike on Apr 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Short-term lateral job move: How do I sell myself?

I have a vague plan for long-term career satisfaction. Since it's vague, I've decided to make a much smaller short-term job change to just make me a little bit happier about working. I'm not quite sure I'm doing this in the most super effective way, though. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Apr 5, 2008 - 2 answers

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