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Getting a job in Software Development

I graduated from uni in October and tomorrow (February) I start my first real job. ‘Wow, that’s a big gap!’ you might think, and, well, it kind of is but - I wasn’t searching for a job the whole time. In fact, the actual job searching (from sending out the first application to accepting an offer) took only 2 weeks. But let’s start with some basics:

(Please note: What I’m describing is true for Germany, where I live and did the whole application process. It might well be different in your country, although I’m pretty sure it applies to more countries than only Germany.)

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Computer Science job fair at my University
  • Photographer: Hello, would you two be willing to take a picture with the gentlemen at the booth over there, for publicity purposes?
  • Friend & I: Sure!
  • Guy at booth: So, what are you girls doing here? It's not like you're interested in comp sci, right?
  • Friend & I: Bye!

giga-hog  asked:

Hi, I'm 23 and started my CS bachelor with 21, I'll be ~25 when I finish college,do you think 25 is too old to enter the field? I mostly see people finishing at 22 or 23,to be honest, I'm mostly frustrated because although I love CS and I'm studying hard, I'm an adult without a job living with her parents. Also, you're one of the best tumblrs about CS I follow

Hey! You wanna know how old I am? 25. When did I start working? 3 days ago. You are never too old to start working in IT. At 25, you’ll still be one of the youngest people in the company. You can start worrying about that once you’ve gotten about 20 rejection letters.

(The main thing to understand is that uni/college has such differing age standards to actual companies, it’s ridiculous. When I left uni, I felt quite old and knowledgeable. Now… I rather feel like in my first semester again. You got this!)

And thank you for the kind words. :)

anonymous asked:

I am currently in school for computer Science, but being honest I am terrible at school. I learn on my own so much better and faster, and I actually have flunked out several times before. I know computer Science is one field that it is possible (not easy, but possible) to get a job without a degree if you can prove you know what you're doing, but I'm also not sure when I can stop saying "I'm learning to program." and start saying, "I'm a programmer. Hire me." How will I know when I'm ready?

Hey!

I don’t know a whole lot about getting a job without a degree, but I’ll try to give you some tips.

Apart from a degree, companies look at the experience an applicant has. This means internships, projects, volunteer work, etc. So what you’ll need to do is build up your résumé. If you have the time, try to get an internship at a software company that’ll let you actually write some code - the more time you’re there, the better. Also try to join a/a few open source projects. This is probably most helpful, as a) your code will be publicly available for people to look at, b) large projects that go on for a longer period of time teach you so much, like refactoring your code once your architecture changes, e.g. Volunteering should be the easiest to actually get (if you’re not too shy to ask). Maybe your local church needs something to organise staff and boom, your CV has one more entry.

I don’t actually know when you’re supposed to be “good enough”. The handy thing with a degree is that at one point, you’re just finished and thus must be “good enough”. On the other hand, companies have told me that they don’t expect graduates to actually know all that they’re looking for, they’re more interested in their ability to learn new things and their basic understanding of computer science principles. I do know, though, that some of the job offers I applied to actually said that you can apply when you’re self-taught, so just keep on trying. If you can, I’d suggest not giving up on school entirely, because if you do make it, you’ll probably have it a lot easier. But you’ll have to decide for yourself if the effort is worth the potential benefit.

All the best of luck to you!