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It's 10 o'Clock I feel knackered.

I've spent the majority of today poking at the backstage website (http://test.bts-crew.com), I've now got most of the content management stuff online.

The scary thing is that this is the first time I've written OO perl, and it's going remarkably smoothly. Still got to sort the privs system out for the behind the scenes stuff (membership area). I suppose the next thing to do is actually enable logging in to the site.

Unfortunatly those 2000 lines of code, mean that I've done sod all coursework/project work this weekend. This is beginning to worry me, since the coursework is due in a week on Wednesday, and I'm not sure I entirely understand the stuff I'm supposed to be doing: it's accounting and finance stuff.

Thinking about the whole, I graduate in 6 months thing, and wondering how I'm going to get a job I enjoy, since I have no FORMAL qualifications in the stuff I'm best at, every job is going to want either a CS degree, or experience. I don't have the CS degree, and the experience is generally nothing to brag about. I have experience with various server type stuff, experience with perl and C, none of which are in a "comercial" environment. Aparently the people who know me think I'm good at what I do, but will this really make a difference in 6 months time?


I know a few people with no formal CS qualifications who do quite well for themselves. Do not worry. Also do not think that the job you get in 6 months' time has to be the job you have for ever and ever and evermore.
Well, you'll have a degree, which is better than I did.

You also have experience, and even if it's not in a commercial environment it'll still count for something. I got my first programming job with no actual proof that I could do the job, so companies are prepared to take chances on people (providing you interview well and present yourself with Clue). However, the pay will be crap.

Get a good CV, build up a page with links to what you've worked on (ie a portfolio), ask around a lot. You'll get something.
No CS degree hasn't done me any harm (though admittedly a maths degree is probably the next best thing). There's plenty of scope for giving software away if you want to build up a track record of writing software that people can and do use, though, if you can't persuade anyone to pay you for it at first; and while some employers may feel they can afford to be snobby about it, it's much better than nothing.

CS degree

CS degress dont seem to mean a great deal where i work. Of the two whom i know to have a CS degree, one works in first line, the purpose of which seems to be to answer the phone and log the calls and the other who is (as far as i can tell) a HTML monkey, the first admitting that their CS degree is of no use what-so-ever! (that sentence ended up a lot longer than i had planned it)
You could get yourself a 1st line support role most of which don't need any "real" experience and "work your way up the ranks".
Though a lot of the time it comes to being able to bullshit well in the interview and not dribbling over your shoes.

August 2010

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