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I just had a few questions that maybe some people in the industry, or people that have been in my shoes can help me fill.
I will not put you to sleep with boring details, but a little back story will help. I am currently attending a three year Computer Analyst program at St. Lawrence College, and entering the work force next year. I am currently working in a co-op program with a company doing mainframe programming. A lot of my peers got placements where they are doing more object oriented languages which is what I love. I do not see myself in the mainframe world when I graduate since I don't have that passion for it.
First question is how do I keep myself relevant in OO languages, I know that doing personal projects and learning outside of school is something that is important. My struggle is that I am still very new to programming (not doing any before college) and I cannot seem to be able create person projects for myself.
Also I understand that as a college graduate that I will not have a similar education as someone with a degree. I currently feel that this is going to set me back from other candidates. I don't feel that I cannot program at their level, but they do have a higher level of education than I do. I know its a vague question and it is really situation dependant, but how do I tell employers that "Hey I can do as good of a job then him, just give me some time".
Thanks for your time in advance, looking forward to hearing from you.