Here's the short of a longer story.
About a year and a half ago I was at the point where I had been out of work for over a year. I had a Bachelor's in Business and several years of management experience, but mainly had a bunch of "Soft" skill ... nothing "Hard."
So I decided to go back to school and learn software development, since it was something that I had always had interest in and could see myself doing full-time as a career. I enrolled at a local Technical college which had a program that transfers into the 4-year University near it. A year later I am one class away from having the Associate's from the tech school, I am finishing up an internship (in development, but not at a software company), and have begun to look at finding an entry-level job. I've had coursework in most of the major languages (C#, Java, C++, ASP.NET. SQL), but our curriculum has been mostly hands on, and not much theory.
I thought that I may be somewhat "ready" to start looking for low-level development jobs, since I have been productive in my internship. But I had two interviews this week for entry-level programming jobs, and let's just say that I still have some major learning to do. I've always intended to go for a bachelor's or master's after I was done with the Associate's ... but I have a wife and child and need to start bringing in some sort of income, so that I can continue on with school.
What do I do?
I want to be a developer (preferably in the C#, .NET area), but like I said, I still have a lot to learn.
Would it be a bad move on my end to get my foot in the door somewhere as a tester? From what I have heard it is not as difficult to find entry-level positions in that area.
If anyone could provide some guidance, it would be greatly appreciated!