Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
A Pascal programming class inspired me to change my major to Computer Science.
Despite a cut in pay, worked part-time as a programmer while still in college.
Learned how to craft an effective resume.
Applied for entry-level work after graduation.
Learned how to articulate who I am, what I want, and what's reasonable for me to expect.
Adjusted my attitude towards how to help people.
Keep following my journey

Career

Computer Programmer

I write programs that generate credit scores from algorithm logic.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Writing
Building Things

Day to Day

Each day is different in its own right, but I usually start my day with some common tasks: 1. Eat breakfast -- very important. 2. Make a to-do list for the day, prioritize each item, and check things off as I complete them. 3. Keep a calendar of important meetings on your schedule.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

1) Choose a major before entering college. It's okay (and usually inevitable) that you will change it later, but goal-setting is important. 2) Meet with someone who has done what you want to do, and interview them over lunch or coffee. The information they provide is invaluable and will probably stick with you for the rest of your life, even if you don't understand everything they say right away.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

certification
Certification/License
Java Programming Certificate
certification
Certification/License
Technical Writing Certificate
certification
Certification/License
C/Unix Programming Certificate
certification
Associate's Degree

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"After you graduate, there's going to be a glut of engineers/programmers, so there'll be too much competition."

Challenges I Overcame

Death In Family