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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What Does It Take to Become a Software Engineer? 2

Jeheto writes: "I’ve always had an interest in IT, and now I’m at the point where I can choose my career. I’m currently a freshman college student trying to decide between Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a major. I’m about to take my A+ certification, I have a few years of high school level training in electronics theory/soldering, and I know a just the smallest bit of Python from working with the MITOpenCourseWare program. I’m equally interested in networking, electrical engineering, and programming. My question to Slashdot is, what should I learn?"
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  • You pointed out a few things that interests you. I have a CS degree so I'm speaking from that perspective. Here's the deal, a degree only gets you knowledge so you can learn more stuff--strange I know, but that's reality. You're interest that you've listed indicates that an EE might be a better track for you if you really want to do the electrical engineering stuff. I know people that have EE degrees that after they started doing programming or network-related stuff never turned back. I also know people tha
  • If you want to work at a computer support help desk, I recommend majoring in Religious Studies or Philosophy. All kidding aside, you're just a frosh. Take courses in both EE and CS areas and choose the path you enjoy the most. Heck, lots of colleges allow you to customize your major and pretty much all colleges allow independent studies, so you can combine the two areas however you see fit. Speaking from a CS perspective, having the motivation to teach yourself programming languages and spend some of yo

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