I'm in a bit of a rut and was hoping to get some perspective from professionals in the field (who have been through this before).
So here's my (very brief history):
- BA from a city school in Economics
- 1.5 years as a quality assurance analyst at a real estate finance firm
- decided to go back to school for computer science - chose NYU
** Decided to go back for CS because I was required to do some basic coding at my job and liked it -> after that I went to a community college to take some prerequisites and to make sure I know what I'm getting myself into --> made my decision after completing all prerequisites and taking the GRE.
So now I attend NYU as a graduate student and cannot find an internship ANYWHERE! my lack of relevant experience is killing me and the fact that I am competing with students who were writing websites at the age of 10 is not helping.
I'm starting to feel like going back to school was a bad choice and going to NYU which is soo expensive was an even worse choice...
I'm also afraid of not being able to find a job when I graduate to pay off these ridiculous student loans...
the catch-22 here is that you need an internship to gain experience but you need experience to get that internship...
So what am I to do? Can anyone offer some advice on how to better prepare myself for the future? The problem I am facing is that while I am still catching up on C++ , algorithms, operating systems and the like I am left with very little time to pick up the more "in demand" stuff - PHP, Ruby, Python, etc...
Anyway, any advice here will be much appreciated... I'd love to know what the more experienced guys say about this (especially some people who actually make these hiring decisions).
Thanks in advance!!