• Tim Buchalka

Career Paths in Computer Science

Are you just starting out in your journey to become a programmer or maybe thinking about starting out? If so, then this video is gonna be right up your alley.


Another common question I get in my courses from students goes along, or goes something like this, “Tim, I’m taking your Java Masterclass course, or your C# course or Python course, et cetera, and I wanna get into these technologies. There’s a list of various technologies, so which way should I go? Which course should I study? Which courses after this one should I study? And do you recommend this particular career path or that career path?”


My answer to that is, oh, slow down. Take a step backwards and really try and focus on completing your first course. So again, if you’ve taken a Java course or a Python course, et cetera, the number one priority is to finish that course first. You can start mapping out where you’re gonna go in the future after that. And in actual, as you go through and gain more experience as a programmer, you’ll find that your choices may change.


So if you sat down when you first started out on your journey, your very first programming course, and try to map out the way you want it to be, you’ll probably find towards the end of that first course. Once you got the basic understanding of a programming language under your belt that you’ll change your mind. You might decide, for example, to get into mobile app development or you might decide to get into web app development, desktop applications, whatever it is.


So, the point is don’t try and think so far into the future when you’re just learning to become a programmer. Focus on learning the basics first and at the end of that first course or that first chunk of training, when you’ve got some experience with the language under your belt, then start thinking about it.


Alright, so, that’s my tip for today. I hope you got a little out of it, and I’ll talk to you again in the next one. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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