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What steps should I take to become involved in this field?

I would like to know what my expectations should be so I can make it in this field.

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Ruth’s Answer

To be successful in this field requires some very specific schooling and training. Entry level positions expect an ability to code in multiple programming languages. Math expertise is not usually required but it usually very helpful. A four-year degree, again, is not always necessary but it is helpful. Some of what you need to be successful depends on what part of the field of computer science and technology it is that you are interested in. Do you want to be able to build and fix computers? Do you want to be able to help people work with their computers? Do you want to use computers to solve business problems? technical problems? Medical problems? The basic understanding of programming and how computers work is fundamental to all of these fields. And then if you have an interest in one of these areas, you can learn more about how to apply programming to that specific area. For the basics, you should expect to need to learn at least one programming language really well and a second one to a moderate degree.
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Ojal’s Answer

Hello! I am glad that you are starting to think about your future and career choices. Technology plays a big role in our lives and wanting to get involved is a great idea. I think that if you are interested in computers it is important to understand what part specifically appeals to you. Is it creating games? Or designing? Or perhaps building websites? There are unique ways to combine your hobbies with Computers which is what makes this field amazing. A couple of examples I can think of include electronic music software, or software for genetics. The huge advantage of a Computer is that you can apply to many fields.

To get started I would recommend taking some foundational programming classes and even math classes to see if this is a viable career path. I got interested in Computer Science after taking an AP Computer Science class offered at my high school. After taking some classes you can gauge how much you like the field and enjoy working on the laptop. Figuring this out early on can help. To "make it in the field" you just need to be innovative and willing to learn new tools and technologies. There is no golden rule on how to be successful, but it helps to make the most of the elective classes offered in college, doing research in labs, or some work experience. I hope that this post encourages you to explore Computer Science !
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Maria’s Answer

If you're interested in coding, I would recommend checking out CodeDay (https://www.codeday.org). They host live, beginner-friendly coding events for middle and high school kids nationwide. The events are usually once or twice a year. Kids meet others and form teams to create and present a programming project in 24-hours (less for middle schoolers). They often have live beginner training sessions with easy to use tools like GameMaker. The non-profit organization has now branched out to include Virtual Code Days and Code Day Labs. Code Day Labs is a virtual internship-style program matching students with real world project and mentors.

Additionally, several online coding community resources exist such as Google Summer of Code (https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com) and Hour of Code (https://code.org/learn).
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