I want to explore and see if I want to become a software Engineer
I am in my 11th grade at westview high school. I am months away for my #college-admissions . Not sure what I want to become. #software-engineer is an area I explored that I can get a job easily anywhere. So I want to know more about it.
Do you find yourself reading and diving deep into technical articles on the web?
Have you ever tried to build a piece of software (i.e. just build a MS Access database and run some sql)?
If you can, download some open source software (i.e. say Python), install it and run through some examples.
If that went went, write your own POC (proof of concept). Pick a problem that you feel you could solve with the POC. Be creative!
When you get done with the POC and you find yourself thinking the whole process exhilarating and your just wanted to explore and learn more... congrats.. you've found the right career!
There are many slots to fit in. So-Cal has many, the Bay Area is another hot spot and Seattle is a large city I would recommend to get started in.
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You will love software engineering if you like problem solving, working methodically and can focus on tasks for long time. The job market for a software engineer is pretty good, there are lot of jobs but also they are becoming very competitive. I would suggest you take a programming class online or at a community college or at a coding school to see if you like programming.
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