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  1. In Topic: Thinking about switching careers, advice?

    Posted 7 Nov 2012

    View PostAnalyticLunatic, on 07 November 2012 - 07:28 AM, said:

    View PostSFT, on 07 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

    1. Straight to Master's in CS and do prereqs, do BS --> MS (potentially longer?), or stick with BS?

    This is up to you and will depend on what you wish to do long term. If Software Development if your game plan, a Bachelors Degree will be enough as far as education just about anywhere in the U.S.A (You have not filled out your profile, thus I have no idea where you are from.) A Masters can be beneficial, especially if you wish to go into Management someday, but for just starting out, a Masters can at times just mean you are needing payed more than the other guy with a Bachelors. The degrees might get you an interview, but it is your portfolio and experience that get you a job.

    View PostSFT, on 07 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

    2. What flexibility do you have in this profession? Can you work from home? I'm assuming a week vacation isn't such a big deal? In the fitness field, you need to be there for your classes, so finding a week off can be tough.

    Flexibility really depends on the position and the location. Telecommuting is possible, but hardly ever is it an option right out of the gate. Usually telecommuting is reserved for those who have been around for awhile or that can justify obvious benefits on both ends from the employee working from home. Again, this depends on the company and the location among other factors.

    For myself, I live 5 miles from work, so me justifying working from home would be quite a stretch :lol: but in my position I earn 10/hr Annual & 10/hr Sick leave each month. Proud to say that in 9 days I will have completed my 6 month probationary period! ^^

    View PostSFT, on 07 November 2012 - 07:06 AM, said:

    3. Are there any 40 hour/week jobs out there? I would love to have a job that offers flexibility of starting early in the morning, working 4 day work weeks, etc. I can only imagine the higher paying jobs are salary and might require you to be there 50-60 hours per week, but I am not necessarily looking for that.

    True I.T. jobs can go anywhere from 40+, again, depending on company, what they do, position, location, blah blah blah. There are indeed positions though that allow you to be flexible. I applied a few months back before getting my current position for one as a Web Developer, and with the position, management did not care if you worked 8/hrs a day 5 days/week, 10/hrs for 4 days/week, or even, 12/hrs for 3 days/week. The flexibility is out there though.

    Thank you for the response. I am from the United States (New Hampshire). I'm glad to hear that there is some flexibility offered out there. I understand that I might not be telecommuting from the get go, but I would love for this to be an option some day.

    Thank you again.

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