Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:07 AM
Before you jump into taking college courses, buying tons of programming books or whatever, do a little market research. That's what I did before I started back at college. You mentioned enjoying designing a web site. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Yes you'll need to learn some languages for it. But this is where the market research comes in. Different parts of the country focus on different languages. The job market here in New England looks for people with knowledge in MySQL, PHP, PERL, JAVA, and quite a few others, but ASP and NET are not to common. I decided to major in networking and minor in web design & maintance. So I searched for a college that had courses tailored to my needs within the degree program.
I wouldn't expect to jump right in to the private sector working for yourself right away. Nothing can beat the experience and knowledge you will learn working for\with someone else. If you are in a position where you can, I would recommend working part time in an entry level position within the field of studies while attending school (if your going to school LOL). I hooked up with a company that allows me to do most of my work from home for them while I take most of my courses online at home. My employer helps me along with my studies, they have a college professor employed there and he tutors me when needed. The company is quite responsive to helping me complete my degree and realizes my studies come before work. They are also looking into the future, I finish my degree and they have a full time employee more than capabable.
There's nothing wrong with doing you own work on the side. Once you feel as though you can fly solo, spread your wings and build a list of your own clientele. Once you learn what you need, now you face another obsticle - getting the work to keep yourself out of the poor house. So you now become a salesman LOL.
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