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Comment Re:Get a Job (Score 1) 182

Thanks for the advice! I'm super critical about my programming but everything you mentioned "arrays, lists, queues, stacks, iteration, and recursion " I feel fairly comfortable with. As for a sys admin (which to be totally honest, I think is right up my alley) do you have any specific recommendations. I feel fairly comfortable with Linux, I started with MEPIS, am writing this on a laptop with Ubuntu, and have messed around with several distros in VM (I even compiled a gentoo installation).

Comment Re:What do you want to do? (Score 1) 182

I think that my favorite thing to do is building and fixing computers. I enjoy the software side as well, and I know that I can do it, but I also love working with my hands as well. I posted it as "IT work" because it is broad. I really love anything to do with computers, and I have for years, and I love learning as much as I can. I work incredibly well with others, but I don't see myself as going into major software development (which I am told is notorious for 60+ hour weeks).

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 182

I came up with the name when I was either 13 or 14. It was for a text adventure that I had written (with an ungodly amount of gotos) inspired by the Legend of the Green Dragon. I had always loved the name Matt (from Mathias, think Redwall) and wanted a cool name to go with it. I thought, "what was another cool name: Luke Skywalker." Using that format I got Steelblade. I've just continued to use it over the years.

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Matt Steelblade writes: I've been in love with computers since my early teens. I took out books from the library and just started messing around until I had learned QBasic, then Visual Basic 5, and how to take apart a computer. Fast forward 10 years. I'm a very recent college graduate with a BA in philosophy (because of seminary, which I recently left). I want to get into IT work, but am not sure where to start. I have about four years experience working at a grade/high school (about 350 computers) in which I did a lot of desktop maintenance and some work on their AD and website. At college (Loyola University Chicago) I tried to get my hands on whatever computer courses I could. I ended up taking an a python course, a C# course, and data structures (with python). I received either perfect scores or higher in these courses. I feel comfortable in what I know about computers, and know all to well what I don't. I think my greatest strength is in troubleshooting. With that being said, do I need more schooling? If so, should I try for an associates degree (I have easy access to a Gateway technical college) or should I go for an undergraduate (I think my best bet there would be UW-Madison). If not, should I try to get certified with CompTIA, or someone else? Or, would the best bet be to try to find a job or an internship? Thanks for the help, I've been a lurker for years.

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