I'm at that point in life where i need to decide what i want to do, and i have chosen to be a software programmer.
What i need help is what way is the best way to get there.
1.A levels then go to uni
2.Do a BTEC course get a diploma then go straight into the world of work (possibly go to uni)
3.apprenticeship then go straight into the world of work (possibly go to uni)
If there is any other way, tips or suggestion please tell me.
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- 27-10-2016 10:36
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- 30-10-2016 01:11
These are all feasible ways of getting there. I think a degree definitely helps as you gain a lot of knowledge and exposure to different programming languages.
- 30-10-2016 01:51
I'd recommend a 'A' levels and then a degree, but it's good to do plenty of your own programming too. When I interview candidates for software positions, I look for evidence of ability (including to learn new stuff), but also genuine interest in computing. We get a lot of people that aren't at the level of ability that we want, and many that show no enthusiasm for the job.
- 30-10-2016 01:54
A levels, degree with a placement year, done.
Obviously along the way do some skills, make an app or two.
- 30-10-2016 02:07
Other than getting the qualifications, I recommend starting to write programs for friends/family to help them out with whatever their needs are. Choose your programming language, get yourself a compiler for that language and start your own projects. Software engineering is the kind of thing you only learn by doing and this would be great practice for what you're going to be doing in your career.
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- 01-11-2016 15:12
all these options look good and it's awesome that you're already thinking seriously about what you want to do and how you're going to get their. I've got some advice articles about apprenticeships that might help you:
http://advice.milkround.com/earn-whi...pprenticeships Earn while you learn: the many benefits of apprenticeships
http://advice.milkround.com/5-things...t-even-knowing 5 things you'll learn from an apprenticeship without even knowing it
http://advice.milkround.com/what-are...-an-apprentice What are employers looking for in an apprentice?
http://advice.milkround.com/the-time...careers-advice The Times School Leavers Supplement: Your guide to apprenticeships, courses and careers advice
- 01-11-2016 15:14
dr java is a good compiler for java btw...