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Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:20 PM
Well, yeah, it's true that you are on average disadvantaged against MIT students and that's a fact of life, but that doesn't mean it's hopeless. You should start building some sort of portfolio of personal projects (related to robotics or relevant programming, of course) if you haven't already because when you start in the field you'll have zero work experience and showing your motivation and drive could make the difference between getting hired and, well, not. You can make up for not going to a prestige college...
But isn't that a bit unrealistic? I'm worried I might be biting off more than I can chew. Most of the interesting companies I'd like to work for, that are in Robotics or working with NASA on something, seem impossibly out of reach. I'm not going to Carnegie Mellon, or MIT like the other thouands of people applying to them every day.
“If I understand the standard right it is legal and safe to do this but the resulting value could be anything.”
Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:37 PM
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:15 PM
If you like computer science, do lots of it on your own time.
I attended a 3rd-rate private school - one which dissolved their CS department about a year after I graduated. That didn't seem to have a negative effect on my job search, and by dint of a lot of computer science work on my own time, I'd hazard my skill levels upon graduation were on par with graduates from the prestigious tech schools.
Most of the interesting companies I'd like to work for, that are in Robotics or working with NASA on something, seem impossibly out of reach. I'm not going to Carnegie Mellon, or MIT like the other thouands of people applying to them every day.
Tristam MacDonald - Software Engineer @Amazon - [swiftcoding]
Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:19 PM
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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:19 PM
throw table_exception("(ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻");
Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:42 PM
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:43 PM
I'm sorta going through the same thing. Most of the CS classes at my university aren't so much badly taught as they are just irrelevant. While I'm sure I could learn a lot from understanding FORTRAN, I don't exactly want to spend my time learning it since I probably will never use it. Which is why I'm not getting a CS degree, I'm actually going for a double major with aerospace engineering and physics. I've already worked on a group project where we designed an autopilot program for a little rc airplane, so it's not like I'm not learning useful programming skills by not taking those CS classes. My aunt is a senior developer at her job, she's one of those old school hackers that can do almost anything with a computer, but her degree is in biology! That said, I'm sure having a CS degree will open more doors than a degree in biology unless you can prove that you have the skills.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:56 PM
While I'm sure I could learn a lot from understanding FORTRAN, I don't exactly want to spend my time learning it since I probably will never use it.
throw table_exception("(ノ ゜Д゜)ノ ︵ ┻━┻");
Posted 14 December 2012 - 12:01 AM
Ya, Aerospace is definitely a fun field. And I know, everyone has told me just how hard it will be to double major. But it's a fairly common occurrence at my uni to double up with those two, and there's even a guy a year ahead of me doing just the same thing, and another doubling with AE and math. Plus the department heads really work together to make it as easy as possible. I'm not even gonna lie, it's incredibly difficult at times, but I enjoy the challenge.
If my school offered an Aerospace and Engineering major, I'd have dropped CS without a slight hesitation. I guess it depends what you want to do, but you might be better off just choosing one major in the long run. Those are two intensive fields of study
Posted 16 December 2012 - 01:16 PM
Edited by mikeishere, 16 December 2012 - 01:19 PM.