Today begins the first day of my last semester of college for awhile. I can’t believe its already been two years since I started down this path to getting a new degree. A lot has changed since then, that’s for sure!
With this semester, I am finishing out the last big chunk of my degree. The classes I’m taking are:
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Systems Analysis & Design
Out of the four listed above, I would have to say that Object-Oriented Programming and Systems Analysis & Design would be the two that would strengthen my future career the most. Even though Java is going to be the language of choice in OOP, the concepts that I’d imagine would be taught through the semester could be easily applied to any language that I would find myself encountering down the road. I know that I have already watched a few videos regarding OOP but using PHP instead of Java. It will certainly be interesting to see how the concepts from that video will roll over into other languages.
Systems Analysis and Design is a class that, as I understand from a friend of mine (who also works as a systems administrator for a start up corporation) will be advantageous to understand as a programmer. He has told me stories about how programmers often have to redo work because the systems that companies have are often unable to support them. Even just a basic understanding of the interaction between the two sides (programming and systems work) will eventually allow the work that is completed to be completed easier.
Ultimately, however, I feel as though this semester is going to be the one that will teach me concepts that I will need to know with regards to my future career. It will be a lot of work (especially with two jobs on top of a full course load) but I will only have to last until December. Wish me luck – classes, here I come!