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Dave Weinstein

Member Since 08 Mar 2006
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In Topic: Salary Research

19 June 2016 - 06:05 PM

The value of a degree (in software) is highest early in your career, where it helps to get a foot in the door.


You may well end up working on a team where half the people have graduate degrees in CS, and half dropped out of college. The further along your career goes, the less important formal education is.

In Topic: Real find job in game industry with my 2d skill level ?

19 June 2016 - 05:50 PM

I'm leary of advising anyone to use "concept artist" as a break in goal, because I don't ever recall working with someone who was purely a concept artist -- concept art was just one of the tasks an artist might be doing.

In Topic: getting fired in software industry

29 April 2016 - 09:17 PM

So, here is the thing. 


There is a balance between "dig into this yourself" and "ask an expert in house". If you spend a week trying to find the source code, you've clearly gone too far. If you ask a question about every function, you've gone too far in the other direction.


The problem is, this is a balance that people find *by* working in professional environments, it isn't something that gets taught in school, so far as I know. 


This is why entry level engineers are basically a loss early on; a big part of the ramp up is how things work in a professional environment, not just "how we do things differently here". Better companies know this, and the manager will either mentor the engineer, or assign a mentor. Worse companies, well, leave you to sink or swim.

In Topic: How to deal with this unexpected counter-offer?

22 April 2016 - 08:32 PM

Overtime not related to being a work-addict (something I have been 5 years ago) but rather to being always available 24/7 (company policy) and a 1h turnaround on any client request regardless of time of day and context.


Change jobs.

In Topic: Is there an opportunity for a systems engineer?

21 April 2016 - 10:04 PM

Canada is certainly easier than the United States, but it's not automatic. 


Details: http://www.immigration.ca/index.php/en/who-qualifies-for-canadian-immigration-under-the-skilled-worker-program#skilledworkergrid