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Angela D'souza
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Joined: Jan 16, 2002
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Hello,
Last year I got Job as a Java programmer. Before that I didn't go to any classes or college to learn java. I just read threory that time 1 year ago. In this year, I made one project. Now I know some of API's of java. But I am still lacking my knowledge in Object Oriented Concepts. I feel like going to take some classe of OOps.But I heard that as programmer you have spend lot of hrs in job when you have product release. Also I realized that.
Now I like career in computers. But I can't spend like till 8 to 9 pm night in job. Because I am expecting a baby.I want to maintain career life as well as family life.
I heard some of other careers in computers like, Analyst, Designer.
(1)Can you give me some guidence that should I take classes of Object Oriented and continue programming without spending lot's of hrs?
(2) Can you give me some guidence of other careers in computers so I can be in computers and save some hrs for family and still make money?
Please let me know which option I should choose.
Thanks
Angela
Peter Lyons
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Joined: Sep 12, 2000
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I agree that working until 8 or 9 pm is not compatible with raising a child. Hopefully your employer will understand your need to work your 40ish hours and go home to your family. If that doesn't work for them, I don't think you should work for them.
If you and your husband are able, I think there's no better investment than to take a few years off to be a full-time mommy to your child. No doubt there would be sacrifice involved, but consider the benefits! I don't think any particular career or salary or benefit should be more highly valued that the role of raising children.
I realize I have probably not answered the specific question you are asking, but as far as I'm concerned, being a mother is the most noble of professions, and I think it's great that you are weighing your options out of concern for the well-being of your child!
Fortunately, here where I work, we developers are not expected to exhaust ourselves with long hours. It seems that the people who work as analysts, designers, or architects are more up in management roles, and probably work longer hours than the average developer. Plus, they are generally in those positions as a result of their years of experience, rather than because of any particular training they had in school - so it is unlikely that a programmer of one year experience would fill one of those positions. It's probably different everywhere.
Angela D'souza
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Thanks Peter.
I appreciate your concern.
But we really need money. So I must have to have job.In one person salary we can't effort payments and also future child care.
I am expecting baby in september. Before that I want to settle in a way so I can take care of family also. For me, it's not possible to quit job b'coz we can't effort on one person salary.
I don't know what GOD wants?? It must be something good.
Can I get junior System Analyst job? What I have to do in that position?
Thanks again,
Angela
Danish Shaukat
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Joined: Nov 16, 1999
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Hi !
well a successful analyst has a good coding experience so i dont know how you really plan to become an analyst without solid experience.
Moreover from your post i get the impression that you dont have a degree in computer science. Things are tough right now so its better if you try to stick to your present job.
Regards
Danish
[ January 31, 2002: Message edited by: Danish Shaukat ]
Peter Lyons
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Really, titles vary quite a bit from company to company. But I'm not sure why you think being a systems analyst would be more advantageous for you, as a working mother.
In any case, if you don't think your current employment is going to work out, you are always free to look for something else. But don't quit your current job until you replace it!
If you want to browse through various job titles and pay ranges, check out www.salary.com.
They give pretty good descriptions of titles (meaning, what is generally expected of people in those roles) and the pay you could expect at each level.
Angela D'souza
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In programming sometimes very much frustration, if you can't debug it you spents more time. In System analyst don't have to worry abt debugging they just need to do planning & meeting with business people(I guess so!) So no frustratings. And other you know that u will be complete planning during these hrs. That's why I was thinking, I can make schedules for family and work. IF I AM WRONG HERE,PLEASE CORRECT ME HERE!!!MORE SUGGESTION MOST WELCOME
Thanks,
angela
William Barnes
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Joined: Mar 16, 2001
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I would find having to meet with business people lots more frustrating than debugging. But that is me. As far as being able to plan your time you may have a point. If a program breaks the Analyst usually does have to stay late to try and fix it.
Every worker has a different relationship with their manager but you need to tell your manager that you are going to have time constraints in the future. Like you will need to leave at a certain time to pick up your kid at day care. And that he/she will need to get someone to cover for you if there are problems after hours.


Please ignore post, I have no idea what I am talking about.
Angela D'souza
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DOES SYSTEM ANALYST OR BUSINESS ANALYST HAS TO DO CODING ALSO???
Thanks
Angela
William Barnes
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In most cases no.
You should talk to people at work to learn what they do as part of their job. This is commonly called "networking". Introduce yourself and explain that you are interested in learning about what they do at work. Most people are more than happy to talk about themselfs. Ask them to have lunch/coffee with you. You can learn alot doing this.
William Barnes
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This conversation seems to going on in two different threads at the same time. Please check your other post for more of my answers to your questions.
Bosun Bello
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Angela, you wrote:
>DOES SYSTEM ANALYST OR BUSINESS ANALYST HAS TO >DO CODING ALSO???
It varies from one company to another. These are just job titles. What you actually do depends on where you work. A Systems analyst has a number of years of programming. A business analyst may or may not have done much programming. The bottom line is, if you want to be a SA, you need to be able to think analytically, and be ready to do some coding if neccessary.


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