Getting a job
I was just wondering if anyone could help me with ideas for getting some kind of programming job. I'm only a sophmore in high school, but I've got a pretty good knowledge of C++. I've checked the career center at school and all that stuff, but they didn't have anything at all. I've just about given up on the whole idea for now, but it would be really nice to get a job that I actually enjoy. Hmmmmm..... Any ideas?
>> it would be really nice to get a job that I actually enjoy <<
people all over the world have similar dreams. for a start, try anything that u get to do. It's only after some experience and a couple of jobs later that u can really decide what u r really after.
The hardest thing to get is a start. Without any experience you have little chance.
Try offering to do 'work experience' (ie slave labor) to get some. In a lot of cases, if you are good, compaines will pick you up and train you.
Try getting a spot as an intern. Sure you might spend a year or so getting coffee and answering phones but that's one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.
Also, write at least 1 useful, complete program. Most aspiring programmers spend a lifetime starting-but-never-finishing a million little programs. It doesn't have to be the next MS Word, just a small text editor like Notepad, or a graphics program similar to paint.
Build a "digital" resume. Maybe write a 1 or 2 small apps/games and distribute them as freeware. This shows that you are serious and really love what you do. If I'm going to hire a developer I want someone who's going to do it because they love what they do, not because of the money they can make. If their heart isn't in it they're likely to be gone as soon as the "next big thing" comes along (as seen every year at Siggraph).
Hmmm, softmore in high school...
Well, if you're in the Tallmadge area, then this poor college boy can land you a dream job as a food packaging for short transportation engineer, with a $200 signing refferal, courtesy of the UFCW's collective bargaining, as well as an offer on the Unions credit card with the starting rate of 9.9% and no starter fees.