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Hey fellow veggies~~<br><br>
I haven't had a lot of time to post on these forums in the last couple of years due to my current job... I often work 12-15 hour days, sometimes longer than that at an online website. They hired me 2 years ago as an admin/mod, but my job has changed significantly from those days. They made me project manager of the entire office for a while last year and it was so much pressure that I ended up crying all the time and having no life. Any issue or problem was on my shoulders. Finally, they changed by job since then to a less demanding position and they have hired more people to supplement the work. But, because I used to be the only one, there is a lot of stuff that only I know how to do that actually has absolutely nothing to do with my job. I won't go into it here, but it's a lot of menial tasks and some important ones.... but if they don't get done, then I'm in trouble, but my managers don't even know that they need to get done or that I'm the one doing them. When I try to explain, they say it shouldn't take that long anyway. It's like if I do them, then I don't have time to do the other stuff that I need to do... but if I don't do them, then the people waiting on my to do them will complain because it'll delay their work.<br><br>
Besides that, we only get one sick day and they often don't let us take our vacation days consecutively. About 50% of the company has to work 4-8 hours overtime on a daily basis just to meet the insane deadlines. Oftentimes, we only have 1 week to create a brand new game or feature for the site. Sometimes, even less than that. Many workers are subject to nasty and unprofessional attitudes from management as well (who, by the way, have no background in web development or art or programming).<br><br>
Anyway...I work far from my home, so many times I need to stay in a hotel and pay for it. We do not get overtime pay.<br><br>
My real question is... I became interested in computer programming (mainly some kind of object-oriented programming) since I began working here and observing our developers. Over time, the programmers have given me a lot of files to update and take care of myself and I am responsible for all database updates and some things like that. I bought myself the Flash Professional developer and started learning how to do some simple things, but teaching myself is so hard... and since we all work such long hours, no one here can help me. Honestly, they would probably laugh at my request since I don't have any background or knowledge of computer science. -_-<br><br>
But, even working on my own small projects and figuring out how it works makes me very happy and excited. I really want a job where not only can I create something that people could use, but I would be valuable and have a set role. Also, programming is very internal and solo. Programmers at my work can put their headphones on and work on the same thing all day. And after the day is over, they can say they produced something. Something people can enjoy. Also, I love figuring out programming problems, even with the silly little files they have me update. I love being able to say that I changed it and I fixed it.<br><br>
I would go back to school for computer science... I don't mind being with money for a little while. But...I cannot go. I owe far too many thousands of dollars for my undergrad degree that I finished 4 years ago.<br><br>
Anyone with a computer science background...do you think there is some way for me to learn and get a job in programming without going back to school???
 

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There are tons of people working in IT who don't have college degrees in computer science. I'm one of them. I majored in history in college. I have a friend who has a college degree in fashion design, and worked tech support for 10 years, before switching to being a technical writer for the same company.<br><br>
The key is just to get your foot in the door some place and learn the real world technical skills while you're there. That's true even if you do have a computer science degree, since many IT jobs rely on custom stuff that isn't normally taught in college.<br><br>
As for your specific situation, I don't have any specific advice, since I'm in a different area of IT. I guess it depends on what technical skills you've picked up while working there. Can you give any specifics on the technologies you use regularly? Maybe someone who knows about that stuff can recommend something based on that.<br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:">
 
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