I'm 19 years old, and attending Trident Technical College for the major of Computer Programming. It is only a two year school, but I figured this would be enough to get me started, then maybe I would further my education to Game Programming. My first year in school I was majoring in Associates of Science, and I did horrible my first semester, and barely skimmed by my second semester. So the next year I switched majors, and first semester I got 4 A's and 1 B. However, this semester I started OK, but I am now falling behind in all my classes. I have a dead-end minimum wage job which tires me out, and I am sorta new to the computer field.
I have limited knowledge in the field of computers, but I know that I have the capacity to learn what I need to know. So here are the things that have ran through my head.
A. Try my best to recover this semester, and then try my best to finish with school.
B. Get skinny then join the armed forces to learn some computer skills there.
C. Learn how to program on my own time out of school, and get a real job.
Quite frankly, I do not know if I can handle school much longer right now. Also, I'm not the armed forces type of person. So I'm leaning towards learning how to program without school (for now at least), and get a job in the field of computers. I posted this on here because I wanted input on a few things.
First off, what kind of job should I look to get right now with limited knowledge about computers? Where should I start looking? Is this enough to move out on my own and support myself?
Second off, what should I do about learning to program without proper schooling? I feel that the best way for me to learn is for someone to teach me, but is that something that someone is willing to do for free? I think the answer is Java, but what language should I learn for now? How much should I learn before getting a job using this language?
My dad is the type that thinks you should take care of your own problems, so I'm going to try to not bother him with anything. With most of you working in the computer industry, I thought this would be the best place for me to look for help. If any of you can help me in any way it would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. The classes that I am taking right now are more general computer classes rather then programming classes.
Edited by Granz00, 14 March 2007 - 10:00 PM.