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What are some key tips for someone looking to get into computer science/programming fields?

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Andrew’s Answer

Coding is the base foundation of anything CS/tech related. Depending on where youre at in this journey I suggest looking into whatever your next step is and prepping for it. An example: if you are about to go to college and major in CS look into your college’s CS major’s requirements and find what codes youll be learning. Start taking online courses (even free ones on youtube) to learn as much as you can/want to help strengthen your foundation. You can use this same idea for looking at career options. Maybe you want to be a data scientist then look at general requirements for this role. If you want a starting place though I suggest python. Its a flexible code and the most used today.
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Hanish’s Answer

Best way to get started into programming is by coding and building projects. Look for courses on either coursera or Udemy and do a practical course on a programming language that interests you. Build small projects that utilize that language and upload these projects to GitHub or any other code hosting repositories. This will allow you to showcase your practical skills to prospective employers when you start applying and interviewing for jobs. Practice makes perfect so be sure practice as much as possible.
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Elliot’s Answer

Dig into it and see if it appeals to you. Look into the areas of specialization (Web Development, Gaming, AR/VR, ML, AI, Data Science, and others) - there are many and you can read about them and see what piques your interest. Are you very mathematical or not very? Interested in Blockchain? Its such a broad question and I think this is the hardest part of it - what part do you like? Once you start to focus I think it may become a bit easier. I was always interested in web development so my world revolves around those languages and technologies. There are career books and surveys to help you flesh all this out. Look at the best selling books, "What Color is Your Parachute?" by R. Bolles and "Do What You Are" by Paul Tieger. There is also information at https://www.bls.gov/ooh. So this is an early-stage career decision that is very broad. Narrow it down and then you can go deeper into the area you want.
Thank you comment icon Thank you! Henry
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Baljit’s Answer

Hi Henry,
Computer Science/Programming program is a very sought after field to get into. Especially in this economy. There are so many companies around that hire directly after a student finishes school. One thing that you could look into is to apply for internships at some of the companies that you are interested in working for. The internships can be found on their websites, job search engines (such as Indeed and Careerbuilder). Also you could cold call the company and ask if they have any openings for interns. Also it does depend on where you live too.

The other thing you could do is to go into business for yourself. This might seem daunting but because computer programming can be a very busy career to get into. While you are doing your computer classes, you could do so business classes too!
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