[Coco] Re: Thoughts about going back to school full time.
jimcox at miba51.com
Fri Dec 16 20:30:25 EST 2005
There was an interesting post on Slashdot on this very
It made me wonder why am I taking programming classes at
Should I do it for my employer because they are hanging a
carrot on stick in front of me, or should I do it because
I can learn something new that I can apply to a hobby
(CoCo's and other projects) that I can have fun with and
maybe parley into a better job.
I'm choosing the latter. I'm looking back on my 23 years
in the business and I am just realizing that all I have
been doing is working with technology, and not having fun
with it. I look at what I haven't done with the CoCo and
other projects (Ethernut, etc..) and I realize if I spent
time having fun with those things, I most likely I would
have learned a lot more and wouldn't be worried about
where I am going.
On Thu, 08 Dec 2005 19:59:19 -0600
John Donaldson <johnadonaldson at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Here's my 2 cents. Back in June of 2004, I was working
>as a Sr.
> Software Engineer,
> when the company I was working for got into bad money
> result they shut down
> the entire department I was working in. This was in WV.
>In WV you
> either worked for a
> hand full of big companies, which paid great or you
>worked for everyone
> else at 50-60%
> . So you see the problem here, they will not hire you
>because they feel you will not be
> happy taking a 50% cut in pay. So we sold our house and
> Dallas, TX. We lived
> with my sister until I could find a new job. That took
>14 months, since
> I am over 55. I just
> happen to get interviewed with a company that was
>looking for a Sr. Software Engineer.
> After I was hired, my boss told me the reason he hired
>me was I knew
> more about
> software than most of the younger people he had
>interviewed. So guess
> I got a break.
> Being over 50 and even worse over 55, many corporations
>will not hire you. Yes it's
> discrimination, but try and prove it.
> I used to be a Electronic Research Tech back in the
>60/70's. I fell
> in love with
> computers and took courses at the local Jr. College.
>Back then it was all punch cards,
>Fortran, and Mainframes. One course I took was in Pascal.
>Then one day I saw a ad
> for a Pascal programmer. I appled and got the job and
>became a Software Engineer.
> The rest is history as they say. Softwre is one of the
>last bastons where if you got into
> it early days, you did not need a degree, as there was
>NO College Degree's in
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