Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    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.
    • Very Important Poster
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    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.
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    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.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    A levels, degree with a placement year, done.

    Obviously along the way do some skills, make an app or two.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    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.
    • Official TSR Representative
    Offline

    10
    ReputationRep:
    Official TSR Representative
    Hey there,

    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
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    dr java is a good compiler for java btw...
 
 
 
The home of Results and Clearing

2,131

people online now

1,567,000

students helped last year
Poll
A-level students - how do you feel about your results?
Useful resources

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.