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Tech Jobs For a Student? 399

Nick Manley writes "I turned 17 back in August and have been fascinated with technology my entire life. I have a special interest in software and computer programming. I am really hoping to find a job, or at least an internship, where I can learn more about my field and expand my knowledge of software development. Does anyone have recommendations for someone like myself, without any college education, for ways to get a head start on my career? Preferably, one that doesn't include selling iPods to kids at Best Buy."
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Tech Jobs For a Student?

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  • Incorrect Title (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Quobobo ( 709437 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @09:42PM (#16720915)
    ...Shouldn't this be "Tech Jobs for a Non-student"?
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 05, 2006 @02:47AM (#16722693)
    That is the attitude that will get you rejected, not the lack of a single line on your resume. College is supposed to break you of that attitude. You have to wrong perspective of the whole matter. It's not about the people interviewing you, its about HR, or your Bosss' Boss. I have seen & interviewed plenty of people I have given a thumbs up to, but higher up management or HR, has rejected them. It's not always about being able to prove any technical knowledge, sometimes its just about what you have under your belt. That could very well happen at the 1 out of 10 companies where you DO want to work. Suck it up, drop the attitude & play the game.
  • by purplejacket ( 581360 ) on Sunday November 05, 2006 @05:26AM (#16723225) Homepage
    When I was a founder of a startup back in 1999 I had the opportunity to hire a 16 year old as an intern. (We also hired a 17 year old). Being a startup company in silicon valley we tried to get the most for our money, and these two certainly provided. I was able to lay out a very clear project description that was not too large, nor too small, along with a lot of strategy for implementation. The guy coded it up quite nicely, though I found myself lecturing him about coding style. Note that now he works at google and codes rings around me. We found out about him simply because his father knew a guy in our company. When I interviewed the kid he showed a 3D visualization program he'd written in C++. I checked out the code and it looked good enough. I had been a high school teacher (briefly) and could tell he was smart, and thought he'd be trainable, so we went for it. It was amazing what a good decision that turned out to be.

    Interestingly, having been a teacher, I have very mixed feelings about education. I don't have a lot of faith in the educational system. See for instance "An Underground History of American Education" by John Taylor Gatto [] for a critique. In regards to college, my advice is: if you want to go and you know what to focus on, then go. If you're not sure, or you'd like to take some time off to do something else for a while, then that is a much better choice. That's the route my daughter (now 21) took, and I think it served her as she is able to treat study more like a job, and less like high school with ashtrays.

    And as to the military (as another poster mentioned): recruiters will tell you anything to lure you in and then you're a slave to the system--you have to do whatever they tell you to, and it's not usually what you want to do. Don't go over to the dark side; you'll do much better in civilian life.

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