so i just recently finished my Asso. in computer programming. from what i have heard potential employers want to see previous work you have done. Well i can write 'hello world' in six programming languages, lol. i do know more than that ofcourse but the point is that even with a degree i feel like i dont have any REAL work. something that really shows skill and teamwork. at the same time i dont feel i am proficient with any languages past simple object orientaion. this is why i dont want to join a open source project.
So basicly i am asking how to make something that can go into a portfolio.thanks to all that apply.
<also I just counted and i have at least dabbled in 11 languages :P >
I actually want to do computer security( network and host) programming but I am open and willing to try anything really.
out of curiosity... how are people in open source projects as far as working with people new to the community and who never worked on one before. i would like to join one but i don't want to be the cause of slowing down a project and have everyone upset. it's a bad way of making a first impression.
So in all likelihood, i might not even be looked at until i get a BS in computer programming? that sucks.... can i ask what is something you have done in the past to get an employers attention?(preferably if it worked :P)
Depends on how big the employer is. If it's big enough, they have an HR department with no technical knowledge you have to get through. Without a BS or BA, you'll likely not make it past that.
Once technical people are looking at your resume, they want to see actual work of yours. A website you set up with all your projects. Links to open source projects you've contributed to. I've actually had one guy tell me he likes to look at applicants stackoverflow accounts to see how they act online.
Pretty much you just have to show you are involved and do work on your own. This isn't a field where you can just sit back, get some education, and then get a job. You have to actually have something tangible you can show off.