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What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? | Reply
Hey topcoders. I'm in highschool and I want to become a better programmer.
By better programmer, I mean by what things employers think are desirable when looking for a programmer. So far I know programming contests are a great way to increase your raw programming skill, but real life programming as a job isn't like contest programming. I'm wondering what other activities and in what order one should be doing to prepare for programming jobs? I plan to go to university for compsci, so things that are taught by uni I can wait for uni to teach.

Do you think doing very well on programming contests is what employers are looking for and that's what I should focus on?

What's the pathway I should follow?

I should
-definitely learn more than 1 language

Should I
try to get into open source?
learn things like oop?
train for components compeititons on topcoder?
focus on doing programming contests (i'm still at beginner level) until i'm very good?
develop my own hobby software?
focus on one or do a combination of them? how much skill should i develop in each of them?

Thanks for reading!:)
Subject Author Date
What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? redmonkey Mar 9, 2008 at 12:41 AM EST
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? Orange_Cloud Mar 9, 2008 at 1:39 AM EST
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? redmonkey Mar 9, 2008 at 1:53 AM EST
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? Orange_Cloud Mar 9, 2008 at 5:34 AM EDT
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? amitz.sekali Mar 9, 2008 at 4:38 AM EDT
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? Rustyoldman Mar 9, 2008 at 5:41 AM EDT
Re: What makes a programmer more desirable to employers? redmonkey Mar 9, 2008 at 11:21 AM EDT
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