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Old 08-25-2014, 03:53 PM
 
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So I've registered for collage and still do not know what I would like to major in. I came across a interesting video on youtube about computer science major and it left a impression on me but I do not know much about computer science unlike most of my peepers I never took it back in high school. I'm considering CS as my major. I'm i sitting myself up for failure?
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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You should consider majoring in English. It's a useful skill.

I'm self-taught, so I don't know what the structure is like or what they'd expect you to already know on day one, but there's a plethora of information available online, so you should be able to close up any gaps in your knowledge pretty easily on your own.

If you want to do it, just do it. If you spend your life worrying about things, you'll never get anywhere.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-25-2014, 10:16 PM
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Thanks for the advice.
Do you have a passion for computers?

Do you like solving mental problems?

If so, I'd recommend getting a book on Java or C# work through it and see if you find it interesting.
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Old 08-26-2014, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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Programming has been and continues to be outsourced to low cost producers in India and elsewhere. Unless you are a star, you cannot compete. You may as well be wasting your time learning soldering for the purpose of making circuit boards.

The future is database administration and database design. JMHO.

The mastery of clear speaking and clear writing cannot hurt, and would be a plus in any job and career.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:05 AM
 
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Programming has been and continues to be outsourced to low cost producers in India and elsewhere. Unless you are a star, you cannot compete. You may as well be wasting your time learning soldering for the purpose of making circuit boards.

The future is database administration and database design. JMHO.

The mastery of clear speaking and clear writing cannot hurt, and would be a plus in any job and career.
You must not be working or looking in the right areas, there are TONS of jobs out there. I'm frankly a terrible programmer by my own standards and I am doing well.

One thing I've found that I didn't realize when I started is that if you're knowledgable about something else (say, finance/banking or leasing/realty) it will really help to get your butt in a comfy chair at one of those types of companies. I don't think you have to know everything (although sometimes it feels that way) but you will have to learn things that has nothing to do with your specific job title but is critical to creating a useful product.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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You must not be working or looking in the right areas, there are TONS of jobs out there. I'm frankly a terrible programmer by my own standards and I am doing well.
So YOU"RE the one responsible for all that buggy software on my machine ....
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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If you spend your life worrying about things, you'll never get anywhere.
If you spend your life not worrying about things, you'll never get anywhere, either.
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Old 08-26-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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If you spend your life not worrying about things, you'll never get anywhere, either.
I disagree. Obviously, you have to look both ways before crossing the street, make sure you signed the check before putting it in the envelope, etc., but if you never take any chances in life, you'll never reap any rewards.

If I'd worried about whether or not my business would be successful six years ago when I was considering starting it, I never would have and I'd almost certainly be in a much worse position today. That same logic applies to any business - if the owners worried excessively about failure, they never would have succeeded.

If the OP takes a few classes and decides it's not for him, what has he lost? A little time? If he doesn't take those classes, he could miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime and never know it. And having an additional skill, no matter how relatively underdeveloped it may be, is never a bad thing.
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Old 08-26-2014, 02:24 PM
 
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So YOU"RE the one responsible for all that buggy software on my machine ....
Haha, I'm currently a web dev for internal use only so unless you work for my company, you're safe
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