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It's kind of a coincidence, I didn't really plan it.
I didn't know what the heck I was going to do after high school and decided to do a "common art and cultural sciences" study.
Three years later it turned out that I could do a journalism major so I though why the heck not.
What happened next will SHOCK you!
I failed the major due to a lack of studying and an abundance of World of Warcraft.
This guy TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND in a FEW SIMPLE STEPS!
I was able to get a job at my uncle's IT company (which he just bought from my parents).
That year I learned VB.NET, WinForms, SQL Server... And finished my major.
See how this guy EARNS a GOOD SALARY!
I'm now a kick-ass programmer with a wide array of technical skills who writes articles, blogs and books
I thought those courses were there to catch the Burger Hell career guys.
The people I still talk to once in a while all went in other directions after they finished the study
I had a little bit of luck that my uncle would employ me (I had a "wheelbarrow"), I even offered to work for free.
He took me in and I took the chance and for the first time in my life I studied hard (really hard).
I wrote Using Try... Catch..., Finally![^] in February 2011, which means I started working in IT (from scratch) in September 2010.
About a year later I became lead developer and another three years later I decided to move on from WinForms to web development at another company.
I remember that my new team lead said "we expected you to need at least a month to learn web development, but you were up and running after a week!"
The wheelbarrow got me in and now I work at the most Microsoft certified company in the Netherlands
It's not really your degree that decides whether you'll flip burgers or not, it's your mentality
LIBERAL ARTS TUTORS HATE THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK!
The trick is long and hard work and yes, liberal arts tutors hate it!
I wrote some articles here on CP, but the article I learned from the most is the article that didn't even made it through the moderation queue.
It was very bad and one high rep mofo here on CP (I forgot his name and he isn't active anymore) called me an idiot (and many more things) for it and thought I needed to quit programming ASAP
Some good people here on CP told me to read up on SOLID and design patterns, which I did, thoroughly.
That was a career changer for me!
I have to agree with you and Eddy here - you learn more from mistakes and failures than you do from successes. I think you have to have the failures in order to understand the successes.
This has nothing to do with why my early career is littered with exploded IC's (some of which have bounced off the ceiling), smoked capacitors, small fires, and people left beside a road for five hours because their name contained four 'N' characters ... Honest!
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Bad command or file name. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay...
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Not even sure these days if papers even still have science reporters.
They do have reporters that write about science, but science reporters... I don't think so.
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
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