Is tech school right for me? 34 replies

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coolduderyan07

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#1 10 years ago

Sorry if this is in the wrong subforum, but I didn't want to clutter up the general discussion and I figured it related more to technology than anything.. besides "real life issues" in the pub. I'm in quite a predicament. I haven't visited any colleges and I have NO IDEA what I want to do. I absolutely love computers and wouldn't be able to survive without mine. I love putting them together, tweaking them.. finding the best parts that work nicely together. I asbolutely love video games, and the technology behind them. I remember when Antialiasing wasn't a feature in video games, and it shocked me when I first witnessed my jaggies dissapear :]. I'm In love with movies as well, I'm a critic when it comes to media and I know a good movie from bad, good music from bad.. things like that. I'm just wondering, if any of you have discovered your calling in the computer world, and how did it work out for you. If you have, I'd LOVE advice because I'm not sure if i'm into the mechanics and engineering soo much, or if i'm into coding/modeling/developing/programming applications area either.

I really have no where to turn to because no one around me has gotten anywhere in the technology field except say my "Tech" teacher. Any advice on a good area to start off in in college?

EDIT: oh and I'm a senior/17 years.




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#2 10 years ago

It's certainly a likely possibility, but don't think just because you love computers that you'll like, say, computer science. It's very maths-orientated, and involved a lot of heavy-duty calculations. It is nice though... have a look at computer entineering.

The difference between the two: Computer science: This is how you make an audio editor. Computer engineering: This is how you make a sound card.




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#3 10 years ago

Since you like all the tweaking like me, I'd say GO FOR IT!




coolduderyan07

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#4 10 years ago

Well how do guys with computer engineering degrees do in the real world? I don't want to be making $20,000 when im 55. I go to a private school and alot is expected of me. One of my friends applied to harvard, and his brother who graduated last year... made it in. I'm just saying, my guidance counselors will try to push me into a school other than technology. Where is the big business made in todays computer society? I wouldn't mind designing the next micro-chip haha, then again I wouldn't mind working in a game studio either.




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#5 10 years ago

If you have no idea what you want to do, I'd recommend a couple of semesters at a community college. You can get your general education requirements out of the way so you can focus on your major when you get to big boy college as well as dabble in the computer science/engineering fields to see what exactly, if anything, you want to do in those fields without costing your parents an arm and a leg and you decide you want to major in basket-weaving.


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coolduderyan07

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#6 10 years ago

Alright, thank you for all the advice.




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#7 10 years ago
coolduderyan07;4557220Well how do guys with computer engineering degrees do in the real world? I don't want to be making $20,000 when im 55. I go to a private school and alot is expected of me. One of my friends applied to harvard, and his brother who graduated last year... made it in. I'm just saying, my guidance counselors will try to push me into a school other than technology. Where is the big business made in todays computer society? I wouldn't mind designing the next micro-chip haha, then again I wouldn't mind working in a game studio either.

Well my mom's, friend's, son makes at least $100,000 a year because he started young and now kinda works for the goverment I think.




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#8 10 years ago

Well, I also like computers and I just jumped into computer science. And Jebus. If I would have known there was this much math I sure as hell wouldn't have done this.




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#9 10 years ago

I did a year in Mechanical Engineering and learned a quick lesson that I am not a math and physical science person at all, so I am pursuing a degree in Journalism which tends more to reading, writing, and the general ed. classes.

The main thing about engineering are the classes, yes you are working with computers, but you are doing math classes, science classes, and computer classes. Computer Science, on the other hand, is a few less math classes, and the computer classes. I didn't meet many computer engineers, but the one I did know well said he was planning to go and do computer science instead of engineering because he wanted to focus more on programming than construction.

Of course, I knew a lot of computer science majors and graduates and they liked it, most of them were working for GE so Car Club became "GE Club."

Computer Engineers make more money at first, but both are in demand, one is generally easier than the other, and I think if you are good at math and coding you shouldn't have a problem with either.

By the way, I am at community college right now, and I agree with Red. You should see a career person or just talk to people in the respective fields and see which suits you best. One interesting idea might be to take an Introduction to Computer Science course at a community college to see if you like it or not. Get your general education requirements out of the way, or at least do a year, and dive right in. Be advised, however, that private 4-year universities tend to like lumping gen. ed. and major specific classes in 4 years, not 2-and-2.




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#10 10 years ago

if you're much into games and if you're semi-talented for drawing, you might want to consider going to graphics design. graphics designers play a large role in gaming industry since they design everything from desktop icon all the way to most complex models, textures, effects etc. not to mention concept artists, cd cover artists and so on.... in graphics design is also important the knowledge of computers and multimedia devices in general, as graphics design also tends to get technical sometimes. i'm in 2nd class of graphics design school btw.

in my country, though, is also a school with a "media technician" course, where students educate for work with multimedia, so they cover audio, graphics, video editing and much more. now i don't know if anything similiar exists in US (you are from US, right?) but if we in Slovenia have it, i'm sure you have it too.