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    Default What is expected from a entry level programmer?

    I am almost done with school but I am not sure what is expected of me. Beside basic stuff like loops and array what will be required of me and what should I really spend most of my energy practicing? Just worried I will be asked something I did not spend enough time practicing and will be weak in the areas they expect a graduate to be knowledgeable.

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    Default Re: What is expected from a entry level programmer?

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    Default Re: What is expected from a entry level programmer?

    Never been there myself, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but don't be afraid to *ask* prospective employers what they are looking for. If you don't get a job (and there is some probability you won't be offered every job you apply for...) use that as an opportunity to ask what sorts of skills they were looking for. It costs nothing to ask.

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    Default Re: What is expected from a entry level programmer?

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    I am almost done with school but I am not sure what is expected of me. Beside basic stuff like loops and array what will be required of me and what should I really spend most of my energy practicing? Just worried I will be asked something I did not spend enough time practicing and will be weak in the areas they expect a graduate to be knowledgeable.
    You should be looking for a junior position where you will be expected to understand programming theory and be able to work with at least a common programming language. An eagerness to learn will be your main selling point as you will be trained mostly on the job.

    I recommend that you spend spare time working on a program so you can at least prove that you know something.
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    Default Re: What is expected from a entry level programmer?

    This entirely depends on where you are, what types of companies you're talking about, whether you have a degree, what your portfolio looks like, etc.

    You should spend time practicing whatever you're interested in. You should have at least a small portfolio of projects you've worked on, either at school or on your own. If you're just doing this to get a job, you're going to have a bad time.
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