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Point me in the right direction.( Career)

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  1. rockme12

    rockme12 Regular Member

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    Hello guys, I want to major in something but I don't know what to major in. I did a lot of research and still can't figure out what to do. Let me give an overview of what I like to do and maybe you can put me in the write direction,

    - I did internet marketing for one and half year so I know about SEO and all that stuff.
    - I started learning how to code and loving it so far. Learning java right now.
    - I use to be very good at pencil art but my family talked me out of it so I dont know how I am now. I think I can resharpen my skill fast.

    I was thinking of getting a computer science degree and becoming a software developer. Mainly because they code and also the pay and demand. But I have weak math and physics skills. I use to struggle with math in high school and came out with a either a B or D. Never an A or failing grade.

    I was thinking of also branching off into computer programming degree but I need to major in Computer science which is not a smart idea because my GPA will be lacking.

    Then I thought of a web developer but I don't know, it is like going to college for art. Mainly because the pay sucks, you need years of experience compared to other two to start making good money. ( if anyone has done this career before successfully please give me advice as to what to start learning at my young age)


    Please help. I am 19 in a community college by the way.

    I am so lost I don't even know what to do right now. I was thinking of going to college for something that can enable me to easily branch off to web development.Any advice welcome.
     
  2. kumbhak11

    kumbhak11 Newbie

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    You are naturally inclined to Computer science and have liking for it, and something which is stopping you is "Maths" phobia. I think maths is not the core of computer science though it might be very little used, say below 5%.

    So sacrifice the fear of Maths and take computer science. :)
     
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  3. E=MC²

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    We are talking here about what you will probably do for the rest of your life, so i would suggest to do something you love, money shouldn't be your main concern but still it's an important factor, other than this, i don't think any lack of skills should scare you even a little. I see that you love coding, but are afraid of failling at maths and physics.
    So i say you should get a computer science degree, if you find maths and physics difficult, just give them more time than other subjects, try to learn this summer what you didn't fully understand in high school, and most importantly, always prepare before you get to class, this way you know what your professor is talking about, and always ask questions if you don't understand something, no matter how useless it seems. And finally, this goes without saying, but you need to practice a lot.
     
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    Go into marketing. It teaches you the craft of persuasion, and if you keep your web skills, ad SEO skills, you can do IM for revenue generation, and marketing for businesses.
     
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    hello bro
    you are just like me ..i love the internet very well but i have a love for business just like i do in computer also ..and i want to learn web design,graphic design,photoshop,and programming and also how to do a mobile app..buh i see ntin stopping me from doing all these bcos if there is something stopping me its my own self ..i will urge you to sketch out a plan for ur self on how u want to do ur things ,..understand yourself ..sketch out a goals and work towards it ..u will conquer all of them in no time..
    so to me i believe u can learn some ur selfs online like u did to seo and programming whhile u take a particular one to study in school
    am 17 years ..buht with my plan and goals ..i have no obstacles and i knw where am heading to
     
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    something sounds good !!!
    cheers
     
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  9. rockme12

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    Thank all of you for your input. I decided to go into computer science and just work hard through the math and physics because in the end, it is totally worth it. I get to do what I love with high pay and more chance of internship. The positive is I will always have a job because if a company lays me off, I can always do freelance or even blend it in with my internet marketing skills.

    Thanks to all who gave me advice. If there is more, Don't hesitate to put it here.
     
  10. contentweb

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    I am myself completing a b.e degree with CS, I think you should go for it because you won't have study a lot of physics, some Maths but it is fine.
    Believe you should dive into it.
     
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  11. rockme12

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    So lets say I decided to major in computer science to come out as a web developer, is it worth going to get a computer science for it?
     
  12. marcelomusza

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    Well.. I am a Software Engineer, and I am a developer working 9-5 in a company for the past 10 years. It is a good career and I love it, if you enjoy coding and working with logic, you will like this part of the career.
    Also take in consideration that Computer Science is far more beyond than just coding, researching and inventing things, you have a wide spectre of opportunities that you will be discovering while you walk the path.
    If you like Computers, you enjoy coding, I think you have a good opportunity there.
    By the way, how old are you?


    And a word of advice, never think of "how much money I will earn in my career", money will come in time, and if you work smart and hard, even more money will come. Your first concern is your education, always!
     
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  13. rockme12

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    Awesome. I am 19 years old and learning how to code right now. I started off with java. As someone who has already taken the path before, what do you suggest I start studying before I go into my bachelors degree beside maths which I am starting to like. (khan academy for the win!)
     
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    I just graduated software and database administration (includes programming, networks, OS etc..) and I don't remember that we had a lot of math.. everything was very easy to be honest.
    Since I'm a programmer with 10 years of experience I teached my own class :D and some other classes which was awesome.. but yea you don't need to worry about math.. it's all about logic in programming, trust me
     
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    My best advice, is that you start learning by your own a coding language that is going to be used in your college. For me it was C# and .Net technologies, and as I was already working in that language, when I had to go to college and attend specific programming subjects, I found it MUCH MUCH easier to learn those subjects and get higher qualifications.

    If you can learn a bit of mathematics do it as well, as it is always a hard subject for many of us, and it will take a lot of time studying at home, time that you perhaps will need for other subjects. I tried to take all those "base" subjects at first, to kill my mind studying and then be able to get all the computer related subjects with no pressure from mathematics in particular. It is a matter of taste, you should do it the way you see more comfortable, never get overwhelmed with subjects or you will be killed in action, take your time and you will get there.
    Hope it helps!
     
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  16. rockme12

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    The one in my school requires calculus II as a start which is intense. I will need tutors and self study for this. Anyway guys thanks for your suggestions/help.