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I just signed in for webmaster a couple days ago. I asked a couple of questions and i was amazed by the quick replies. Then, I've been reading all around the forum. Wow! I started at 10.00 pm and I read up to 4.00 am in the morning. It's incredible the amount that one can learn from this forum.
Since this is a forum where all web gurus share opinions, I would like to discuss my career with you guys!
At the moment, I am still student at a university. I am doing a Bsc in "Internet computing". It's kinda new major. Basically, what I am learning is client-side and server-side scripting, server configuration, database and other internet related stuffs (PHP, JavScript, Perl).
Now, I have the opportunity to do another major (Computer science) or a minor in Telecommunications management(CCNA certification).
I would like to know what you guys think is more worthy. I am doing Internet computing, that's confirmed. I can go for either the minor or the computer science major. Which one to choose? The computer science major will enhance my knowledge in Java, C++, Unix and Linux. That's basically what I will get extra from a computer science major. The minor will lead me to the CCNA certification.
I wish to be a webmaster as you guys someday. Please advise me!
Also, I wanna know wht you guys think. Which one is more worthy? a career as a programmer or as a network administrator?
Many thanks to those who will reply and to those who took the time to read this thread.
One thing for sure... I am going to be a member to webmasterworld for life whichever career I choose :)
I wish I could post threads giving solutions but I haven't reached this level of knowledge for the time being. Only way I can participate is to ask questions :) But, I know if I keep in touch with this forum daily (and keep on learning from you ppl), I will be able to provide solutions to questions me too one day :)
Network Administration is a good field to go into and has the potential for working as an employee for someone else or as an independent contractor for small businesses. Your personality will have more to do with where you will be comfortable therein. Small businesses can be difficult not only because of relatively limited resources, but also because the staff are so behind in computer development that it can seem like you are trying to sell advanced mathematics to someone who is still counting on their fingers and toes. Of course, this is only what I have heard from other consultants/contractors, I don't have any first-hand experience here.
Programming is also a good field to go into and has the same potentials as Network Administration, although from a different angle. Certainly it will enhance your web mastering repertoire and, if you chose to work independently, this may give you an edge over your competition. Because there is a lot of competition out there in the computer field. But that's ok, because there are far more potential customers than the industry can currently support.
Most importantly, however, is first-hand experience. To become a webmaster, you must first BE a webmaster. Before you webmaster to a customer you first have to webmaster to yourself. Educate yourself here and offline, buy and read some books, find and read some articles online and in mags, view and study the websites of the bigwigs here and elsewhere, and design and implement your own website. Your site will unquestionably undergo many revisions and changes as your knowledge and skill develop. Once you've been a webmaster for a year or so, then you can start helping out friends and relatives. Eventually, by the time you graduate, you'll have enough real time experience, both in design, implementation, and interaction with "customers" that you should be able to launch into the field with sufficient experience not to make any major faux pas or financial disasters.
if there is one thing I have learned about being a webmaster (still hate that term, it doesn't mean anything) it is that you need to know some of everything.
I don't know much about the CCNA cert so I cant really comment too much on that.
PHP, JavScript, Perl, Java, C++, Unix and Linux seems like a pretty good start to being a web pro. Add some graphics, content writing and marketing and you are getting closer. Like gcross said, it depends on what you want to do and what you like. If you feel that programming is who you are then do that, if not go the other way.
IMHO, both programming and network admin are both good jobs with a lot of opportunities. It just comes down to what you want to do. HTH a bit.
Re: careers. Skip the theory except where coding and databases are concerned. Focus on code and business skills. The rest you learn by the seat of your pants because by the time they teach it in a school it's a few years old and most likely to be wrong. That's my experience anyway.
Welcome Jean_dave80! :)
You have arrived at the single best resource on the net for SEO! By the time you graduate you will know more than your lecturers.
All good advice from others, above!
You said you were interested in becoming a webmaster? I would also suggest taking some graphic design classes to if available.
Also try to get a couple of websites setup before you graduate - start with your CV (Resume). IT is a very difficult industry to break into at the minute (although things may be better when you graduate).
Maybe even think about doing a site to catelogue and index what you learn - it will help you study and end up being a helluva resource! :)