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Ask Slashdot: IT Career Path After 35?

alex4747 Re:I Don't Know How Universal It Is ... (376 comments)

I am 57, developer, tried managing 20 years ago and switched back after one (successful but unpleasant) year. I am talking about real software (10M+ in LOCs as a minimum) and for whatever reason (I do not have an explanation) it takes time for an engineer to become really productive in this kind of environment - in all serious companies I ever worked/contracted for most heavy heaters were 40+ and I remember only one below 35.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?

alex4747 Re:Avoid submitting Resumes through the Web (479 comments)

This is a pretty good advice: yes it is a pretty good idea to (re)enter job market as a contractor, yes head-hunters do provide value to both job hunters and employers.

About ph.d. working as software developer:
(a) I meet two and both were hardworking but none of them could be considered a good developer. Over years one became barely ok, another left the industry. I suspect my experience is not unique.
(b) try old tech - Intel, IBM, wall-street - again starting as contractor will ease the entrance.


about 4 months ago

Computational Thinking: AP Computer Science Vs AP Statistics?

alex4747 not having cs undegraduate degree is an advantage (155 comments)

I can attest to that based on almost 30 years of my own career in software development. The only and very slight problem is that management does not understand this matter.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Minimum Programming Competence In Order To Get a Job?

alex4747 hw - sw switch is popular (466 comments)

I saw 10s of engineers who made this switch. In some industries (telecom equipment, storage) it is very common. I do not understand the question about language - I suppose you can program in C and it is still bread and butter in many cases.

Try to get contract job first. In the past I had good experience with some guys that now are working for http://www.symphonyteleca.com/

about 8 months ago


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