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post #16 of 48
Join or start an open source project related to something you would like to do professionally. If you're not busy at work, just work on that instead. After a few months, you'll have something on your resume that sounds good, it'll be attractive to hiring managers that you're doing projects outside of work, and you might be able to make some connections that could result in job leads.
post #17 of 48
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Join or start an open source project related to something you would like to do professionally. If you're not busy at work, just work on that instead. After a few months, you'll have something on your resume that sounds good, it'll be attractive to hiring managers that you're doing projects outside of work, and you might be able to make some connections that could result in job leads.

no no no no no no. Do not do ANYTHING personal at work. Employers have started adopting a "If you do it on our computers we own it" approach. Advance yourself on your own time at home, and double check every contract you signed when you were hired.
post #18 of 48
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Join or start an open source project related to something you would like to do professionally. If you're not busy at work, just work on that instead. After a few months, you'll have something on your resume that sounds good, it'll be attractive to hiring managers that you're doing projects outside of work, and you might be able to make some connections that could result in job leads.

no no no no no no. Do not do ANYTHING personal at work. Employers have started adopting a "If you do it on our computers we own it" approach. Advance yourself on your own time at home, and double check every contract you signed when you were hired.

+1, I believe I gave similar advice earlier in this thread. Be careful in case your work product belongs to your employer if you do it on their time and/or equipment!
post #19 of 48
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no no no no no no. Do not do ANYTHING personal at work. Employers have started adopting a "If you do it on our computers we own it" approach. Advance yourself on your own time at home, and double check every contract you signed when you were hired.
technically true, but you'd have to be REALLY fucking stupid in order for anyone at the company who actually cared to find out. You do realize this is just code we're talking about.

No I'm not telling anyone to violate the terms of their job contract, but it is quite common for software people to work on their own projects at work during down time.
post #20 of 48
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technically true, but you'd have to be REALLY fucking stupid in order for anyone at the company who actually cared to find out. You do realize this is just code we're talking about.
No I'm not telling anyone to violate the terms of their job contract, but it is quite common for software people to work on their own projects at work during down time.

If I found one of my employees working on their personal stuff during company time, I wouldn't take that work from them, I would straight up fire their ass.
post #21 of 48
20% time buddy!
post #22 of 48
You don't need another degree to do well in IT. Myself, and many of my colleagues barely graduated high school, let alone obtained any kind of degree from a 4 year school. It seems this is the case for many IT professionals in the private sector. Rather we started at the bottom, learned the business, and transitioned into higher level positions.
post #23 of 48
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You don't need another degree to do well in IT. Myself, and many of my colleagues barely graduated high school, let alone obtained any kind of degree from a 4 year school. It seems this is the case for many IT professionals in the private sector. Rather we started at the bottom, learned the business, and transitioned into higher level positions.

Pretty much. IT -> Information Systems -> IFSM -> I failed science and math. All the people in my lower level comp sci classes who dropped the major went to IT work.
post #24 of 48
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Pretty much. IT -> Information Systems -> IFSM -> I failed science and math. All the people in my lower level comp sci classes who dropped the major went to IT work.

The funny thing is, we make a lot more then most of the people that stuck it out.
post #25 of 48
Have you looked at some of the distributed computing fields that are growing? Big Data and all that? Everyone is starting to clamor for Apache Hadoop and ancillary software, and it takes some pretty good sysadmins to get that stuff to work in spite of the hype surrounding it.

Big Data might be the way for you to go. It makes for a logical story on your resume as well. Gov't IT (they don't have big datasets, do they?) /mainfraimes > Distributed data/NoSQL/Hadoop.

http://radar.oreilly.com/2012/01/what-is-big-data.html

I'm not a sysadmin, so if I'm talking out my ass, sorry.
Edited by CodPiece - 6/19/12 at 5:43pm
post #26 of 48
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If I found one of my employees working on their personal stuff during company time, I wouldn't take that work from them, I would straight up fire their ass.

Internet Tough Guy: Corporate Edition
post #27 of 48
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The funny thing is, we make a lot more then most of the people that stuck it out.

That is a funny claim indeed. peepwall[1].gif
post #28 of 48
^^
Nothing will ever erase the 20 years I spent living in Hickory, NC.
post #29 of 48
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Internet Tough Guy: Corporate Edition

Try upstart entrepreneur hustling to make it big and getting the most out of every dollar.
I know where you are coming from, but not every employer is Google. And the other 99.9% of companies do not care too much about you dicking around on their time and money (from my perspective: rightfully so)
post #30 of 48
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no no no no no no. Do not do ANYTHING personal at work. Employers have started adopting a "If you do it on our computers we own it" approach. Advance yourself on your own time at home, and double check every contract you signed when you were hired.

Well you could always do your work on external HDD owned by you. Company laptop is then nothing more than a tool just like pencil would be. 

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