My background: I have a bachelors in math, then I taught for a few years, didn't like it, and decided to go into software development (i took a few classes in college, and continued teaching myself for the past few years, and I really enjoy it.) I have met several people who weren't that smart who were in software development and didn't have degrees in CS. So, I thought 'hey if they can do this, i surely can.' I tried to do the same - quit my job, got java certified (no problem w/ that). And after 8 months of looking for a job, I got absolutely nowhere. I enrolled in a masters degree in CS with the hopes that would increase my chances. SO that's where I am now. My question is: How can I set myself up for a job in the future. My experience has been that all employers care about is experience, which I have none, of course. I'm still in school, but how can I gain experience? I've been contacting companies and applying for internships but that isn't going anywhere. I've been trying to get part time work, but that isn't going anywhere. All I ever hear is "oh you shouldn't have any trouble finding a job in that field" but, um, I'm still broke and unemployed. Anyone out there who can give me advice? Thanks, -T
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