In the computer programming industry, employers are much
more interested in what you you know and how well you do it than where you
Though college degrees in computer science may be favorable
inclusions to your resume, the most important important factors in in the
employers eyes are experience, knowledge and skill.
Even reputable colleges recommend gaining programming
experience prior to enrolling in classes. Whether you choose to earn a degree
or not, you can succeed in the computer programming industry by gaining
significant project experience.
Practice with free online software.
You can gain preliminary experience in your spare time,
right from home.
Many types of online educational software exist that allows
you to create applications, music, art and interactive games and stories.
Simply register an account, download the software and create
your own projects to add to your portfolio.
Colorado State University's computer science department
recommends Alice and Scratch.
Enroll in computer programming school. Colleges across the
country such as ITT Technical Institute and Coleman College provide
comprehensive training and experience in applications, computer programming and
software scripting and many offer work placement assistance.
You can also enroll in a number of free online computer
programming courses to gain knowledge and practice.
The Education Portal career and college website includes
links to ten free online computer programming courses that include practice
projects, online textbooks and virtual learning materials.
Become affiliated with professional software development
Certain software development agencies provide training and
mentoring programs to promising individuals that include participation in
real-life business projects.
This method of mentor-training is often preferred by hiring
managers over self study courses. Register with a software development agencies
such as SQL Boot Camp to gain professional programming experience add to your
portfolio while you train.
At the time of publication, the cost of enrollment in SQL
Boot Camp is $499 per participant.
Work for free.
In the novice stages, offer your services free of charge to
businesses and nonprofit agencies in need of help building databases or
Target small businesses that may not have the budget for
sophisticated technology but exhibit a use or need for it; this may lead to
Many nonprofit organizations are constantly looking for
Contact local nonprofit agencies such as churches, schools
and community centers and offer your services on a volunteer basis.
Explain that you're interested in building your portfolio
and ask for references and testimonials for successful projects.