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More conputer science questions.. i need you help guys.

Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:24 PM

I have some doubts about my computer science degree. I have plenty of questions and I really need your help guys. I am so frustrated right now I feel stuck. Well, this semester I started taking my first two CS courses which are DISCRETE STRUCTURES I and FUNDAMENTALS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE I. I like both classes but my professor of CS I is just bad. I expected more from this class. I thought it would be similar to learning to drive a car, steps by steps. She said that this course does not required programming experience in java, however, she came to class, gives paper and tell you to rewrite the program, compile, and run it and that's it, the class is over. Since I don't have any experience with programming, I feel frustrated because I don't know what a string, method, public, class etc etc means. This is Chinese for me. The good news is that I am reading the book and I downloaded a very good tutorial, I'm learning and I like it. So here are my questions:
1. How was your first computer science class like?
2. What did you learn?
3. What should I know or accomplish by the end of the semester?
4. Should I transfer to another school? I asked this question before. I live in Jersey and I'm going to New Jersey City University which is not known for its Computer Science and I asked if the name of the school matters when it comes to getting a job. I know going to well known school helps a lot but many people have told me that as long I have a portfolio I should be fine. I chose to attend NJCU because is cheaper and easy commute. So here are my next questions:
5. Should I stay at NJCU?
6. Any advices in order to land in a good job after graduation?
7. Does master degree matters in CS? ( Since its hard for me to attend a good school like NJIT right now, I was thinking about getting a master from this school.)
Finally, I met a guy who attended NJIT and he is a network engineer. He told me that he doesn't like programming at all, so he chose another path. ( I did not understand the "chose another path") he told me that he get a certificate from CISCO and now he is working with networks. Which made me scratch my head even more. so here are my final questions:
8. what jobs can I get with a CS degree? ( I know they are plenty, but can you name them. because I was searching the web for computer science jobs and they are a lot with different names, such as, IT specialist, associate engineer,
programmer, developer and so on.
9. How to know which job its best for me?
10. Do I need any kind of certification after graduation?
11. how to know if I want to be a network engineer, or programmer, etc? ( right know Im liking the programming part.)
I knows this is long, but I really want your opinions on this. I don't want to regret my decisions after graduation and said, NO BODY TOLD ME THIS. I am doing my best this semester, studying and learning every day. I like what I am doing so far. As you can see I am very inpatient and my dad always told me that's not good. All I want is to finish school and get a good job( not trying to be rich) but enjoy what I do. I work at ups as a loader and believe me, that's not job you want to do for the rest of your life. I met people there who have 25 years loading trucks and they always telling me to get an education.

Thank you guys.

Jean

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Re: More conputer science questions.. i need you help guys.

Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:32 PM

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1. How was your first computer science class like?

It was alright.

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2. What did you learn?

Basic computer layout, and LOGO commands.

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3. What should I know or accomplish by the end of the semester?

Your syllabus or class description should tell you.

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4. Should I transfer to another school? I asked this question before. I live in Jersey and
I'm going to New Jersey City University which is not known for its Computer Science and I asked if the name of the school matters when it comes to getting a job. I know going to well known school helps a lot but many people have told me that as long I have a portfolio I should be fine. I chose to attend NJCU because is cheaper and easy commute. So here are my next questions:

Dude/ette - that is completely up to you


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5. Should I stay at NJCU?

See #4.

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6. Any advices in order to land in a good job after graduation?

Have you read any of the other threads on the topic? This is a farily frequent topic.

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7. Does master degree matters in CS? ( Since its hard for me to attend a good school like NJIT right now, I was thinking about getting a master from this school.)
Finally, I met a guy who attended NJIT and he is a network engineer. He told me that he doesn't like programming at all, so he chose another path. ( I did not understand the "chose another path") he told me that he get a certificate from CISCO and now he is working with networks. Which made me scratch my head even more. so here are my final questions:

Depends on what *you* want to do.

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8. what jobs can I get with a CS degree? ( I know they are plenty, but can you name them. because I was searching the web for computer science jobs and they are a lot with different names, such as, IT specialist, associate engineer,
programmer, developer and so on.

You answered your own question.

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9. How to know which job its best for me?

Again - no one can answer that for you.

[quote]10. Do I need any kind of certification after graduation?
Typically a degree is what you need, but you may get certs later on.

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11. how to know if I want to be a network engineer, or programmer, etc? ( right know Im
liking the programming part.)

Simple - which do you like more doing.


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I don't want to regret my decisions after graduation and said, NO BODY TOLD ME THIS.

The process is not a closed system. Uncertainty exists in life. You need to sack up and be able to take a serious assessment of yourself, direction, work load, etc. No one else has to live your life but you.
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Re: More conputer science questions.. i need you help guys.

Posted 09 February 2015 - 12:39 PM

View PostJbustamante1, on 09 February 2015 - 02:24 PM, said:

1. How was your first computer science class like?

I went to a garbage school & got a garbage degree. The other students were sold on the fact they were paying to get a job & not an opportunity to learn an education/skill set.

View PostJbustamante1, on 09 February 2015 - 02:24 PM, said:

4. Should I transfer to another school? I asked this question before. I live in Jersey and I'm going to New Jersey City University which is not known for its Computer Science

This is the reason I wanted to provide my 2 cents. It's what you do, not where you went. If you can prove you are a better candidate for a company to make money leveraging you as an asset, when compared to the other potential candidates, where you went to school doesn't mean squat. & if you are in a situation where it does matter, you don't want to work for that employer.

View PostJbustamante1, on 09 February 2015 - 02:24 PM, said:

10. Do I need any kind of certification after graduation?

Any certifications will help, & shouldn't be required. The only ones that really matter are (imo) MSTSC & Cisco. I suppose maybe Zend if you want to get into Zend development. But if you are a good enough candidate, the right employer will want you to get these certifications while working for them.
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