[Baypiggies] Career Advice
bryceverdier at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 19:07:14 CET 2011
Hello Fellow Bay Piggies,
I would really appreciate the help as I have an interesting situation
that I can't seem to figure out.
My current job title is System Engineer. Although I do a fair amount of
script writing (in python) I am performing a Systems Administrator job
role. I took this job a little over a year ago because I had experience
as such before I went back to school and I graduated during a pretty
rough economy. I do not regret taking this job as I've learned some
pretty cool things. However, I'm at the point where I realized I want my
first programming job and I would really like it to be a python based job.
Somehow my resume looks good enough for me to get the occasional
programming interview. But this is where the problem starts. While I do
believe that scripting has helped me keep my programming skills from
going completely dull, I don't spend forty plus hours a week doing it.
Thus when I do enter an interview, the interviewer is asking me
questions that I haven't seen or even thought about since I was in
school. Or asking me about the esoteric aspects of a language that I
don't get exposure to as scripting doesn't required them.
I realize that the economy still isn't great and that most companies
aren't hiring junior level programmers right now, as there are enough
mid-level programmers unemployed and willing to work for the same salary.
My question for the group is, what can I do to position myself better
towards getting a junior developer job when those start to open up
again? Or what should I prioritize in my studying to help me cross over
from sys. admin. to developer? Are there any jobs that you guys are
aware of that a hybrid job between these two roles that would help
facilitate the cross over? I am aware of the option to program for an
open source project, but I'm not sure which one. Though I am looking. ;)
Thanks in advance for your time and any thoughts you may share,
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