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  1. #1
    Veena Guest

    advise for the beginner!


    Hello!

    I need some advise as a novice. I am a graduate in a disciple of Applied
    Chemistry, and have just recently decided to change my field. I have started
    by taking some courses on C++ at a local college, the course just ended,
    I enjoyed it a lot and so decided to take the advanced C++ next semester.
    I have also done some self study on HTML, Javascript. Eventually I would
    like to earn a degree in Computer Science, but for right now I would like
    to be acquainted with this new world.

    Can you guys give me some advise on how to proceed so that I can get some
    entry level job (in a related field) and gain experience. Do tell me what
    certificate and other courses are in demand.

    Thanks in advance,
    Veena.

  2. #2
    John Guest

    Re: advise for the beginner!


    You don't need a degree; you just need to pass the phone screen:
    Study these two books and work the examples in the Dietel book:

    * "How to program C++" by Deitel, Deitel
    * "Design Pattern" by Gamma, Helm, Johnson, Vlissides

    I don't think though, that there is much NEW C++ code written except for
    doing embedded system development. You might be able to get a gig doing
    maintenance though.

    My first real programming job was as a "Broadcast Engineer", I would set
    up for radio network talk shows. While I was monitoring the shows I would
    write c code for supporting fax and "DCART" audio distribution. My point
    is that just about any technical job on the paper or on the net could have
    a programming aspect to it.


    "Veena" <veena_raja@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >Hello!
    >
    >I need some advise as a novice. I am a graduate in a disciple of Applied
    >Chemistry, and have just recently decided to change my field. I have started
    >by taking some courses on C++ at a local college, the course just ended,
    >I enjoyed it a lot and so decided to take the advanced C++ next semester.
    > I have also done some self study on HTML, Javascript. Eventually I would
    >like to earn a degree in Computer Science, but for right now I would like
    >to be acquainted with this new world.
    >
    >Can you guys give me some advise on how to proceed so that I can get some
    >entry level job (in a related field) and gain experience. Do tell me what
    >certificate and other courses are in demand.
    >
    >Thanks in advance,
    >Veena.



  3. #3
    Chi Guest

    Re: advise for the beginner!


    If you are a BS in Chemistry, there are bunches of certification programs
    to enhance your credential. Search or follow links for computer certifications
    on Brainbench, Microsoft, IBM, Compaq, ...

    For those who do want a degree, here is a VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY I graduated
    from: Regents College (www.regents.edu). You do not go to school there, you
    collect credits and submit to them. It used to be part of University of State
    of New York.

    I got in the industry by way of Customer Support. Bad hours, high stress,
    low pay, abusive customers - makes a high turnaround position. You learn
    a lot if you're smart. However, if you are a BS, I would suggest intern positions
    at I.T. companies.


    "John" <jrd7@cdc.gov> wrote:
    >
    >You don't need a degree; you just need to pass the phone screen:
    >Study these two books and work the examples in the Dietel book:
    >
    >* "How to program C++" by Deitel, Deitel
    >* "Design Pattern" by Gamma, Helm, Johnson, Vlissides
    >
    >I don't think though, that there is much NEW C++ code written except for
    >doing embedded system development. You might be able to get a gig doing
    >maintenance though.
    >
    >My first real programming job was as a "Broadcast Engineer", I would set
    >up for radio network talk shows. While I was monitoring the shows I would
    >write c code for supporting fax and "DCART" audio distribution. My point
    >is that just about any technical job on the paper or on the net could have
    >a programming aspect to it.
    >
    >
    >"Veena" <veena_raja@hotmail.com> wrote:
    >>
    >>Hello!
    >>
    >>I need some advise as a novice. I am a graduate in a disciple of Applied
    >>Chemistry, and have just recently decided to change my field. I have started
    >>by taking some courses on C++ at a local college, the course just ended,
    >>I enjoyed it a lot and so decided to take the advanced C++ next semester.
    >> I have also done some self study on HTML, Javascript. Eventually I would
    >>like to earn a degree in Computer Science, but for right now I would like
    >>to be acquainted with this new world.
    >>
    >>Can you guys give me some advise on how to proceed so that I can get some
    >>entry level job (in a related field) and gain experience. Do tell me what
    >>certificate and other courses are in demand.
    >>
    >>Thanks in advance,
    >>Veena.

    >



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