TWG, London, England £20,000
2) What are some of the educational requirements of a career in computer programming? How many years of college did you have, and what classes did you major in?
Normally a degree in CS but I know people with plenty of experience but no degree's who have jobs having programmed in their bedrooms. These people are becoming rarer though.
I have a degree in CS with AI and I did classes in Software Engineering, Maths and various forms of AI.
3)What is a description of your specific job?
Programmer, specifically AI, at the moment, long may it stay this way.
4)What are your everyday duties? (What do you work on everyday?)
AI with occasional making of tea and popping to the shop for food.
5)What is the dress code for your workplace?
Clothes, preferably. Beyond that..none...
6)What are the working conditions of your job? (Work long hours with small pay, or have a cubicle or office, breaks, vacation time, etc.)
Contract states 10am - 6pm
At the moment we're doing a minimum of 2 hours overtime per day, unpaid.
This regularly stretches to 5 - 8 hours overtime depending on the deadline.
We can take breaks when we want, we get an hour for lunch, which we normally don't take any of, as we eat at our desks instead.
The offices are spread over several rooms with 2 - 3 people per room, we get 20 days vacation a year.
7)Why did you choose this career?
Business programming or computer games.
The choice was really hard.
8)Do you ever get a raise or a bonus?
Occasionally I get a raise and in two years I've received one Christmas bonus total.
9)What types of people work in a computer programming company? (personalities)
Really nice laid back people.
Not only do I work 12+ hour days with these people, we also go to the pub together afterwards, occaionally meet up on weekends and I've lived with some of them.
I don't think you get that in other industries.
Thanks for any help you can give.