Looking for career advice from the pros

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"PeteP" wrote in with this question recently: "I'm a senior in high school and looking to get an iSeries education. I thought, where better to get good advice than the current iSeries pros? My father was an iSeries programmer before he died. I?d appreciate a few minutes of your time." "Did you go to a technical college or a university? I know I need experience and certification, but where do I begin. I want to make good money, but more important I want to like what I do. Can you tell me a little bit about how you got where you are today, and are you happy?" Can you lead Pete in the right direction? -- Debra Tart, associate editor, Search400.com
ASKED: December 27, 2005  9:43 PM
UPDATED: January 13, 2006  8:33 AM

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Search400.com member Jenny shares her experiences with Pete:

I went to Portland Community College, where I received an Associates Degree in Computer Programming. I had an interest in programming, spawned by reading science fiction books (Asimov, Heinlein) that often featured computers in their stories. I worked for a manufacturing company at the time, (attended night classes at PCC). The company decided to purchase a S/34 (early IBM mid-range machine) and posted a position for programmer trainee. I applied and got it, so began working on the S/34. We went on to a S/36 and finally to an AS/400. So that’s how I got where I am today.

I still enjoy programming. Whether it’s scratching your head, trying to figure out how to comply with management’s latest ‘Must have yesterday’request or tracking down why the auto-fax function stopped working mid-day, there are always challenges. You may come in the office thinking you’re going to work on that EDI invoice project and end up spending the day putting out fires. You never know what the day will hold in store for you. That’s one of the things that appeals to me about my job – I never have to be concerned about getting bored! You get to learn to use new tools, new techniques and with resources like “Ask the Experts”, you don’t have to go it alone!

Hope this helps! And I sincerely hope that you do pursue a career in the iSeries world – we NEED young talent like yours in this field!

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