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>> No. 11860 Anonymous
10th January 2018
Wednesday 11:38 pm
11860 Moving into IT
Lads, I want to start a real career and I'd like to ask for your help.

I've been working as a private Mathematics tutor for nigh on five years now and I'm in a rut. Due to a combination of immaturity and personal issues whose details I won't bore you with I underperformed at uni and walked away from Manchester with a third in Physics. Not brilliant, but my own fault. I stumbled into the tutoring lark while looking for jobs but once I'd found I could make a comfortable living doing it little has changed in my life. I've been happy enough cruising through my twenties with my own place, girlfriends, , plenty of free time, all that good jazz, but something terrible has happened.

A few days ago I woke up and realised I'm hurtling towards 30 without any kind of solid career and little idea on how to retrain and at what level. As much as I enjoy being a tutor there isn't much in the way of progression and it's something I now feel I'd be happier doing to stay active when I'm retired. My friends have developed this alarming habit of getting married, one git actually has children as well, and I'm getting more left behind every day. I'm at the stage where people I know are always getting promoted or discussing mortgage and when I'm asked what I'm doing I start to wince at hearing myself repeat the same story.

Despite my third I'm not a complete thicko. I'm very good at Maths, as is expected of me, and I can write basic programs in quite a few languages, mostly C++, Java and Python. But my CV is all but empty spare for my tutoring and a clutch of very good A-levels which I'm sure count for fuck all. I have no references, no internships, essentially no indication that I can do much at all. I've been forbidden from entering teaching proper, not that I'd fancy doing it anyway, so for any other line of work I look like a blank slate.

Beggars can't be choosers and I'm not fussy about what area of IT I'd train for but would prefer something neither crushingly dull or likely to be automated within a few years. If I had the freedom to choose it would be something like data analysis, since I actually enjoy identifying statistical trends and building models based on them. What areas would you recommend and what qualifications are worth pursuing/ignoring?

Apologies if this is all a bit vague. Any guidance you could give me would be greatly appreciated.
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>> No. 11861 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 12:05 am
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Knock together a couple of apps and upload the code to GitHub. They don't need to be fancy, they just need to work. Build a small personal website with your bio, CV and programming projects. If you can write a few blog posts about your projects, all the better. Attend a few local software development meetups and make it known that you're looking for a junior role. Seek out small software companies, give them a link to your website and ask them for a job.

If you can credibly demonstrate that you actually know how to write working software, you can pretty much walk into a dev job. A physics degree from Manchester is just the cherry on top.
>> No. 11862 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 1:35 am
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You don't necessarily need to learn to code to work in IT - there are many facets and aspects of it. The most important part is, what are you interested in? You can do IT at all sorts of organisations, what kind of companies would you like to do IT in? Your data analysis thing is a good avenue to pursue because all the kids are talking about Big Data now.

Good luck.
>> No. 11863 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 8:37 am
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I'm sure plenty of people don't have proper careers in their late twenties these days lads. Don't stress too much.
>> No. 11864 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 3:13 pm
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I'm not sure what's more worrying; this being true, or people accepting it as the new normal.
>> No. 11865 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 4:08 pm
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My grandfather spent most of his late twenties picking through the rubble of Berlin looking for plump rats. We're doing alright.
>> No. 11866 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 4:22 pm
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My parents spent their late twenties shopping for a three bedroom semi in which to raise their two kids, while my father worked a secure job and my mother started working a secure job. You can shove your rats up your arse.
>> No. 11867 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 4:45 pm
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>You can shove your rats up your arse.

Those devious bloody Germans.
>> No. 11870 Anonymous
11th January 2018
Thursday 5:37 pm
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My dad is 59 now and nevet had a proper full time job until he was 27, he just coasted until then. He's doing alright now.

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