Basically, I'm really thinking about changing majors from Computer Science. I'm now going to be starting my 4th semester at it, and I still have very very basic C++ knowledge and practice at it. I've been at it for 8-10 hours a day my entire winter break and I still am stuck with so many 'programs' not working at all. Compiler errors with no idea why.
I'm just looking for some information as how programming or Computer Science is in real industry, not in school.
My college only teaches C++ for 4 months, during my 1st semester. They taught from "Hello World" to introduction to pointers, (with flow of control, declarations, basic stuff in between). We never really used and of them in any programs, just read from the book up to there. After that, every other course has been a lecture on basic computer theory. We never code again.
I tried talking to my CS advisers, and they admitted that they are not CS majors, (in fact, it seems they never touched Computer Science or programming with a ten foot pole!) They pull out the school's guidlines on CS and repeat it.
My school doesn't help students get work experience till our junior year, basically my 5th semester, and I don't really think I could get a job anyway, with my lack of computer knowledge and programming skills.
I can't get tutor help for coding, since that is only assigned to 1st semester CS students. I ask professors, and they don't answer me in emails or in person, especially since they just teach theory from a book and not code themselves. I've asked my peers, and almost all of them know just about as much as me, save for a few who learned coding a while ago and are just waiting for their degree. They aren't too willing to help out so many people also, (I don't blame them, everyone here is in need of help and ask them...)
I have 3 C++ books, and have been going throught them, but it doesn't help much if I don't have answers to look at and compare to my code, nor a way to find out why my implementation doesn't work, or what that complier error that I'm getting.
I really don't think I'm ever going to be able to get a CS job with the knowledge I got, I'll be graduating in only 2 more years I just don't know how it is in the industry, seems no one does at my school. I'm thinking of just changing majors to Information Technology, or to ensure I actually get a job, change schools and go for business.....
It's not like I slack off or anything like that. I'm good at science and math, which I have to take along with the Computer classes, but for all the studying I do, I seem to get no where with it.
Any information about what to do with programming or Computer Sciene in the work field would be very appreciated. I have no where else to ask. I'm stuck.
Thank you for your time.