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  1. In Topic: How to stay marketable

    Posted 1 Nov 2012

    View PostblindTiger, on 30 October 2012 - 10:02 AM, said:

    Hi all,

    I am programmer with a BS in CS. I have been programming for 7+ years in C, UNIX and SQL. I feel I am falling behind, getting stuck in my career. I need to further my knowledge.

    I was thinking about going back to school for a masters or some certifications.

    Do I really need a masters to stay marketable? Would certifications be enough?

    What do you guys think?


    To remain relevant after 7 years of programming experience, you should also have architecture and design experience if you want to be on a technical track, otherwise you should have project leading/management experience. Recruiters (at least that's what I do) look for expertise in analysis and architecture design or team leadership for someone with that many years of experience. If you are not getting such role, you should work towards such role because you do not want to compete against fresh graduates or junior engineers. Getting a masters or certification may not help.
  2. In Topic: Resources To Improve Your Knowledge

    Posted 1 Nov 2012

    If you want a desktop companion, Code Complete, by Steve McConnell(Microsoft Press)is one of the best programming reference. A practical guide for all software engineers.

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