A lot of people think of getting a degree in computers or information technology. But the fact of the matter is, too many people do not know what they are getting themselves into, and end up dropping out or switching programs after the first or second year, wasting thousands of dollars in tuition fees. Here’s just 4 basic facts you should know:
1) You have to love computers. Plain and simple. And by that I don’t mean spending hours on end browsing the net or chatting online. I mean you have to love learning about how a computer works, and how to make it work, whether it be software or hardware, hands on engineering or hard core programming. You just have to love to do it.
2) You have to love math, to an extent. The computer science field requires a lot of math-related questions, with lots of problem solving. If you just “know”, but can’t think or apply, you might want to reconsider your decision.
3) Be ready to merge the math and computer skills together. That’s right, depending on your specific program and what it has to offer, some might have crazy wicked “Theory of Computation” classes, which are essentially a load of Discrete Mathematics applied to computers.
4) This is not absolutely required, but it is always an advantage to have some kind of experience with the subject matter… to have some kind of previous knowledge. It is MUCH harder to learn something completely and absolutely new, rather than learning something you know at least a little about.
And that is pretty much it. It can sound sound pretty obvious at first, but you’d be amazed at how many people really miss the points. A lot of the time, it’s because you might THINK that all these elements apply to you, when in fact, they really don’t. An excellent suggestion would be try a two-month introduction class, or something of the sort, and see how you like it before getting into anything too advanced.