I am starting to pursue a change in career to Software Development Engineering. I want to start learning a language. I found a previous Daniweb post on this "which language first?" topic, with good replies, BUT since my ultimate goal is to work for a software development company that makes NON-web-based products, I am starting this new thread to garner responses exclusive of recommendations for web-based languages (PHP, Java, etc).
I am aware that through the course of my new, upcoming career I will end up learning quite a few languages. However, I'd like to make my first 1 - 3 be the best "bang for the buck" in terms of current applicability (i.e. market demand, now plus next 5 years).
Also, if it is helpful for you to know in your considerations on my behalf, I am already at an advanced level with regards to Microsoft Visual Basic for Access and database development and administration standards.
Thanks in advance for your time and thoughts,