The thing is that I already have a 4-year Liberal Arts degree as opposed to being in the processs of earning a CS degree. I always read advice like, " go talk to a career councilor at your school." Well, that's not really an option for me. I know that many programmers are people who have backrounds in other disciplines whether it be mathematics, musical composition, or philosophy. Growing up, my backrounds have been in music and theatre, but I've become very interested in software development as a new career. I'm wanting to find out how programmers who are starting from scratch generally go about starting their careers. Initially my belief was 1. master a set of programming languages, 2. contribute to an opensource project and get a couple of certifications, 3. get a six month internship to gain real-world experience, 4. transition into a full-time salaried position while always continuing to gain new skills. Please tell me what I'm not understanding.
[This message has been edited by Paul Puodziukas (edited November 14, 2001).]