Career path.

onca

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Hey,


I'm trying to figure out what career path I should follow. I'm currently in college, studying computer networking (cisco, server administration, etc.), but I'm clueless as to where I want to take it. I definitely don't want to do tech support (*cough* ..people with their damn printer problems *cough*), which is a part of what *some* network/system administrators have to do. At least in small-to-medium sized companies. So what are my other options? I've researched this topic quite a bit, but it'd be better if I could hear some actual stories from people working in the industry.


Cheers!
 
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Hi onca,

Welcome to TSG!

My advise is to get an MS degree in either software engineering, computer science or computer engineering (more hardware releated). This will set you up for a career along the development track where there is much more opportunity to do the challenging work you crave. But, always keep in mind to build your skill sets along the way - as a fallback, there is nothing to cough at when others are out of work and you have a fallback that can use your skills like admin.

Read this for perspective: The miserable programmer paradox.

-- Tom
 

onca

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Hi onca,

Welcome to TSG!

My advise is to get an MS degree in either software engineering, computer science or computer engineering (more hardware releated). This will set you up for a career along the development track where there is much more opportunity to do the challenging work you crave. But, always keep in mind to build your skill sets along the way - as a fallback, there is nothing to cough at when others are out of work and you have a fallback that can use your skills like admin.

Read this for perspective: The miserable programmer paradox.

-- Tom
Thank you. Glad to be a part of it. :)


Computer engineering, eh? I sure enjoy working with hardware. Isn't it REALLY math-intensive though? But I'll definitely look into it.

I thought that the software engineering field is already flooded with people willing to work for minimum wages?

And I'm not sure what I could do with a degree in CS. Seems a bit too broad.


Have a great day! (y)
 

onca

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Are there any computer engineers, DBA's, technical writers or people working in information storage that could describe their typical day at work? Thanks. :)
 
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I would recommend you look at Quality Assurance Engineering. There are not many people into QA and it offers a wide variety of necessary skills: networking, hardware, programming, technical writing, just about every field you might have an interest in. And it is a field building in popularity. Many companies are finding that having a QA staff to test there software and/or hardware cuts down on the necessity for patches and replacement hardware because of conflicts. In the long run a QA person saves the company money. Of course the programmers hate you for telling them what's broke :)
 

onca

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I would recommend you look at Quality Assurance Engineering. There are not many people into QA and it offers a wide variety of necessary skills: networking, hardware, programming, technical writing, just about every field you might have an interest in. And it is a field building in popularity. Many companies are finding that having a QA staff to test there software and/or hardware cuts down on the necessity for patches and replacement hardware because of conflicts. In the long run a QA person saves the company money. Of course the programmers hate you for telling them what's broke :)
Hey, thanks for the reply. QA sounds interesting, but I have no interest in programming. :eek:
 

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