Hobby-ist looking for real work - advice?

Reply Fri 25 Mar, 2005 10:15 pm

I'm looking for whatever advice you'd like to offer.

Here's my situation:
Over the past 15 years (from 8-23) I've been doing programming in one way or another lightly. I'm not advanced, though I am definitely intermediate. I've enjoyed the web for quite some time, and am currently looking to get into a career within peers better than me.

I have been working in the technology field for a few years, although that stopped about 3yrs ago. I still hold a MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer degree in Windows NT 4.0 - outdated I know). I'm not a specialist in any one thing, but rather have a pretty broad scope of how computers/networks/etc. function.

In your opinion, how should I proceed in getting back into the IT field. More specifically, how should I go about getting into a junior web development position, considering no prior work experience or schooling as a programmer. Okay, so I have 6 credits worth of programming I got from a couple years back.

I know this has been a bit long-winded, but any thoughts are appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2005 12:31 am
Maybe Craven will drop in and share some experiences with you. I think he's rigged his site to sound some sort of alarm when "Craven" and "roger" occur within so many words of each other.

Really, Jason, I suspect you will end up being self-employeed. I can't tell how you get from here to there.
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Craven de Kere
Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2005 08:36 pm
My alarm went off....

Maybe try to get some freelance experience on places like www.rentacoder.com ?

I have no formal education or certification but the projects I did as hobbies were enough to get me a job.
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