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Getting a Job in Programming???

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Posted on 29-09-10 12:03
Hi,

I have a lot of health issues (blah, blah, blah, insert life story here) that really limits my capacity for work.

I've been wondering about doing programming, most likely freelance, and I wanna know what anyone here can tell me about it. Any info would be very, very much appreciated.

Specifically, I'm wondering:

a) I live in Australia, what kind of opportunities (if any) are available?
b) How much can realistically be earnt?
c) Are certifications necessary or favoured?
d) What is the best way to learn? Just learn from the web? Books? Face-to-face? University?
e) Is there any way to fast-track it? I don't wanna be stuck studying for years, I need money and something to do with my time.

I'm hoping at least one person here has a job in programming or makes a little bit of money from it and could tell me what they know.

Also, I'm not specifically stuck on programming, I'm open to web design or administration or other possibilities.


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RE: Getting a Job in Programming???

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Posted on 29-09-10 12:27
XHTML and VB.net is all at this stage. And I can do CSS but only with Dreamweaver or similar. Pretty much just crappy High-School education.

So yeah I'm not expecting a job to fall from the sky with my current knowledge!

I'd have to start some serious studying and learn some languages. That's part of what I'm askin is what's the best way to learn and how long would it take to learn enough cuz I wanna fast track it as much as possible.


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Posted on 29-09-10 13:46
macfarlanet wrote:
XHTML and VB.net is all at this stage. And I can do CSS but only with Dreamweaver or similar. Pretty much just crappy High-School education.

So yeah I'm not expecting a job to fall from the sky with my current knowledge!

I'd have to start some serious studying and learn some languages. That's part of what I'm askin is what's the best way to learn and how long would it take to learn enough cuz I wanna fast track it as much as possible.

Just know how to do some basic shit, like installing WP or Joomla, and get your comments right, and you are well on your way to get a freelance job on vWorker.com. Yeah, that's right, I got a job to download a backup of a site, and upload it on another server for 80$ or just posting 25 links bought me 10$.
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Posted on 29-09-10 15:11
Yeah, you can start off on vworker, scriptlance, elance etc. and if you are any good you should be able to establish some long term relationships with the people there as well.


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Posted on 30-09-10 04:59
Isn't that kind of market highly competitive? I would imagine there would be hundreds of people way more skilled then me. I'd have to learn heaps more before jumping into there wouldn't I?

And $10 or $80 is alright, but it's not anywhere near enough to be worth the effort... I'd have to be able to get at least $100 a week.


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Posted on 30-09-10 05:30
macfarlanet wrote:
Isn't that kind of market highly competitive? I would imagine there would be hundreds of people way more skilled then me. I'd have to learn heaps more before jumping into there wouldn't I?


Depends on the job. Most jobs require some decent programming knowledge. Some are more simple.

And $10 or $80 is alright, but it's not anywhere near enough to be worth the effort... I'd have to be able to get at least $100 a week.


It doesn't take a week to post 25 links or to backup a website.

Before you can really do anything, you need some decent programming skills. No offense, but you know shit all right now. Also, as a personal recommendation try to stay away from MS languages unless your job forces you to learn them. Especially VB, for christs sake. Learn C(++), Python/Perl, and possibly assembler. Unless you're a very skilled designer, XHTML and CSS aren't going to bring you anywhere interesting. Learn to code before you bother going out for a job.

However, if you're looking for information on what the job market is like, then:


a) I live in Australia, what kind of opportunities (if any) are available?

Look around. If you're looking for something non-internet based, why are you expecting us to know? You know where you live better than us.

How much can realistically be earnt?

This really depends on the job you are getting. The "freelance coder" description you offered doesn't explain much.

c) Are certifications necessary or favoured?

Again, this depends, but usually certificates are only strongly favored in system administration jobs, security penetration, etc. The type of "code monkey" jobs don't really need a cert, but it definitely doesn't hurt.

d) What is the best way to learn? Just learn from the web? Books? Face-to-face? University?

Best way to learn programming? Books. Definitely. Everything I've learn has been from ebooks or physical books. I find it easier to focus on a physical book, but each to their own.

e) Is there any way to fast-track it? I don't wanna be stuck studying for years, I need money and something to do with my time.

Programming is not that hard if you actually enjoy doing it. You sound like you want a quick and easy way to make money, however.

The bottom line, best way to get a good understanding is to go to a job-search site (ie: workopolis, or the Australian equivalent) and take a look at the existing openings. See what's required and so on. Check out vworker aswell, you'll see quite a few people are actually willing to pay through the nose for trivial jobs.

I hope the information I've provided will be of some help, and that I've covered all your questions. If you have any more, just ask.


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Posted on 30-09-10 07:53
Before you can really do anything, you need some decent programming skills. No offense, but you know shit all right now.


None taken

Also, as a personal recommendation try to stay away from MS languages unless your job forces you to learn them. Especially VB, for christs sake.


Yeah, (grumble) wasn't my decision I was trying to get the teacher to teach C(++) or similar. I'm learning Python atm.

Learn to code before you bother going out for a job.


That's the plan.


Programming is not that hard if you actually enjoy doing it. You sound like you want a quick and easy way to make money, however.


Everyone wants a quick and easy way to make money, but that doesn't exist. No, I'm just looking for the straightest path to get to what I want.

Thanks for the help.


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Posted on 30-09-10 09:58
Yeah, also, a majority of the jobs are web-related, so, learn some of those languages, and in early stage, bid very low.


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Posted on 30-09-10 16:01

Yeah, (grumble) wasn't my decision I was trying to get the teacher to teach C(++) or similar. I'm learning Python atm.


Be glad its Python. Visual Basic is the only language offered here. If you want to get closer to C/++, learn to use ctypes in python.


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Posted on 01-10-10 01:36
techb wrote:

Yeah, (grumble) wasn't my decision I was trying to get the teacher to teach C(++) or similar. I'm learning Python atm.


Be glad its Python. Visual Basic is the only language offered here. If you want to get closer to C/++, learn to use ctypes in python.


I think he was referring to VB when he said it was the only language offered.

goluhaque wrote:
Yeah, also, a majority of the jobs are web-related, so, learn some of those languages, and in early stage, bid very low.


Right, I completely forget to include PHP and MySQL in my recommendo-list-of-languages-to-learn. Learn those for sure.

@Macfarlanet - No problem, and good luck.


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Posted on 02-10-10 17:52
stealth- wrote:
techb wrote:

Yeah, (grumble) wasn't my decision I was trying to get the teacher to teach C(++) or similar. I'm learning Python atm.


Be glad its Python. Visual Basic is the only language offered here. If you want to get closer to C/++, learn to use ctypes in python.


I think he was referring to VB when he said it was the only language offered.


Ah... Didn't re-read the original post.

Speaking of programming, Hack A Day submitted an article I sent them. This isn't one of my projects, but something interesting I found.

After thinking about it, a job in programming, Java is a must to learn. I can't tell you how many times I missed out on money because I don't know Java.


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Posted on 03-10-10 04:14
yeah, people still use Java a lot. For example, in IBM, java is used exclusively for a lot of their applications like Sametime, Notes, etc.

so some people might say Java is dead, but a lot of people are still using it for professional use, and I think you can request to learn Java for your course, techb.

And a lot of companies use VB.NET since they migrated over from VB6 years ago, so apparently that's worth looking into as well.


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Posted on 03-10-10 04:48
fuser wrote:
yeah, people still use Java a lot. For example, in IBM, java is used exclusively for a lot of their applications like Sametime, Notes, etc.

so some people might say Java is dead, but a lot of people are still using it for professional use, and I think you can request to learn Java for your course, techb.

Damn, didn't know that. Always thought that learning JAVA would only help me with learning the concepts of OOP better. Thanks for the knowledge.



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Posted on 03-10-10 06:11
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... and I think you can request to learn Java for your course, techb.


They did teach Java for a while before I went there, but the teacher retired and now VB is the only language offered. The guy teaching it has only written one app for a hospital, that's it.... Also he did this several years ago, so he is learning with the rest of the class. He can't really answer my technical questions either.


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Posted on 03-10-10 07:42
techb wrote:

They did teach Java for a while before I went there, but the teacher retired and now VB is the only language offered. The guy teaching it has only written one app for a hospital, that's it.... Also he did this several years ago, so he is learning with the rest of the class. He can't really answer my technical questions either.


Our teacher gave us VB.NET and gave us a tutorial for VB6. Didn't realise VB.NET was different :angry: Had to work out the differences ourselves.


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Posted on 03-10-10 10:12
yeah, VB.NET and VB6 are two radically different things. "lunacy" comes into mind when you were given vb.net and thought using vb6 methods.


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Posted on 04-10-10 00:28
MoshBat wrote:
fuser wrote:
yeah, VB.NET and VB6 are two radically different things. "lunacy" comes into mind when you were given vb.net and thought using vb6 methods.

"Waste of fucking time" comes to mind when you were given VB.


yeah, and that too. But a lot of companies use VB.NET to develop their applications, so familiarity with VB.NET is considered to be a good skill for most employers, cuts down the costs needed to train you for familiarizing yourself with VB.


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Posted on 04-10-10 00:58
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yeah, and that too. But a lot of companies use VB.NET to develop their applications, so familiarity with VB.NET is considered to be a good skill for most employers, cuts down the costs needed to train you for familiarizing yourself with VB.


Name three companies.



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spyware wrote:
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yeah, and that too. But a lot of companies use VB.NET to develop their applications, so familiarity with VB.NET is considered to be a good skill for most employers, cuts down the costs needed to train you for familiarizing yourself with VB.


Name three companies.


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To be honest, at least in my area, no one will care if you have every certificate out there or if you have your PhD in Computer Science if you cannot speak in a manner that normal people can understand. That was the advice given to me at my last interview. His exact words were something like this... "Damn kids, I'm sure you know what you're talking about, but I don't" I managed to land the job by reminding myself that I was talking to a couple of older guys who are afraid of technology. I use C# and am the only programmer for a fairly large company. I have no certifications, I don't even have a single class that I have taken, not even at the high school level. Read a lot of books, learn how to interact with a SQL database. Most of all, talk so that other people can understand, at least the general idea of, what you are saying.
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