Hey there all,
This post is sort of a bit of a rant, as I’m at a bit of a crisis point! Sorry if it’s a very inappropriate thing to post, but I (for some reason) think doing so might be of help (and not just to me).
I’ve just done what I’ve been meaning to do for a long time, and handed in my notice at the cinema. That means I’m now looking for a new job! Finally I have a chance to sort out my chances at landing myself a career.
Anyway, my CV in fields I wish to work is slightly lacking. I have a degree in Audio Technology, which is nice but largely useless for me now! I want to get a full time job that involves programming, but it’s a tough puzzle for me. I’m a very proficient C++ programmer now, and I know that there are many people who would attest to this [mostly people on KVR or from the juce forum who I’ve helped or shared my toys with]. However, I’ve not got any qualifications in this area, and I’ve also got no portfolio of finished apps to demonstrate.
Due to having so little time, I’ve not been able to ‘finish’ any of my bigger applications, and the rest that I have done are VST plugins, and not very intuitive for a demonstration; if someone wanted to see what I could do, and had no VST experience, they wouldn’t get how to load it up! I have lots of unfinished apps on the go (Handxl & the School Quiz Show, along with the GameEngine and DocAppGui framework - and an updated MidiFilter template project) which would be nice to present as evidence, but I don’t know how I’d go about that.
One thing that’s also a problem is that Juce is so good! I don’t like the thought of programming without it, but I doubt most of the jobs going have even heard of it, let alone use it in their projects. Most of the job posts I see advertised nowadays are into Java and C# (and even VB!), which is very disheartening.
Ideally I’d like to get a job programming projects that use the Juce library, but I’ve not any idea how I’d go about finding out whether a company uses it (or is open to using it). Maybe someone here knows a way? Or maybe has direct contact with people who might be in need of programmers? I’ve really no idea how to go about getting employed in such a field. Do any companies employ people to work remotely?
I’m sorry to have laid such a personal rant at this very technical place, but perhaps some aren’t too worried about discussing slightly more real-world topics [although still technically on topic].
Incidentally, I’m just about to join with some temp agencies for the time being, and hopefully get something that will lead to even temp coding posts - which WILL be useful for the CV.