The thing is that I already have a 4-year Liberal Arts degree as opposed to being in the processs of earning a CS degree. I always read advice like, " go talk to a career councilor at your school." Well, that's not really an option for me. I know that many programmers are people who have backrounds in other disciplines whether it be mathematics, musical composition, or philosophy
. Growing up, my backrounds have been in music and theatre, but I've become very interested in software development as a new career. I'm wanting to find out how programmers who are starting from scratch generally go about starting their careers. Initially my belief was 1. master a set of programming languages, 2. contribute to an opensource project and get a couple of certifications, 3. get a six month internship to gain real-world experience, 4. transition into a full-time salaried position while always continuing to gain new skills. Please tell me what I'm not understanding.
[This message has been edited by Paul Puodziukas (edited November 14, 2001).]