Advice for Computer Science Students — Here’s What You Must Know

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The sit­u­a­tion is sim­i­lar for sev­er­al com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents – most of us fear that first “hel­lo world” thing, and we learn as we go until we become com­fort­able in our own skin.

How­ev­er, our jour­ney from begin­ning till grad­u­a­tion isn’t a fine road. We mean that it isn’t that awful, but not so sim­ple either.

Com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents unin­ten­tion­al­ly make some mis­takes, either due to lack of aware­ness or per­haps because they aren’t aware of their respon­si­bil­i­ties in the begin­ning.

Some­how they get stuck in the same old rut and repeat the same set of mis­takes made by their seniors and their seniors.

In such a sit­u­a­tion, it’s nec­es­sary to make some things clear to you if you’re start­ing out as a CS stu­dent or are still in col­lege. You need to know them.

A prop­er advice could be a life­saver for most stu­dents as it would can give them some clar­i­ty and speci­fici­ty in their actions.

That’s why we’ve decid­ed to final­ly write it down, our “Advice for Com­put­er Sci­ence Stu­dents.”

Let’s get start­ed.

What you need to know

Each year, the indus­try is flood­ed with anoth­er thou­sands of grad­u­ates who’re still clue­less about what they’re aim­ing for.

Sev­er­al among them are the ones who did almost every­thing they were sup­posed to, and yet they lack a pur­pose. They’re dis­sat­is­fied.

Pay some heed to CS grad­u­ates and you’ll dis­cov­er how their hearts are over­flow­ing with regrets, get­ting over­whelmed by the uncer­tain­ty of the future, and how they’re feel­ing doomed due to their under­de­vel­oped prepa­ra­tion.

Per­haps, they real­ize only after “throw­ing their caps in the air” that even an entry-level pro­fes­sion in the indus­try demands cer­tain pre­req­ui­sites.

But since they rec­og­nize it late, they’re sent back to start over again or are oblig­a­to­ri­ly forced to mold them­selves, which cer­tain­ly isn’t fun.

You may not want to be among them.

One of the most awk­ward things in life might be hav­ing a degree in hand and still being puz­zled about what you want to be. This frus­tra­tion is worth avoid­ing.

But is there a way to save your­self from this trou­ble?

Alright, there’s a solu­tion.

Usu­al­ly, impor­tant things to be learned dur­ing col­lege go unno­ticed in spite of their crit­i­cal­i­ty in a suc­cess­ful career and devel­op­ment of skills.

Stu­dents get so much caught up with the chores that they rarely get time or care to find out what mat­ters, or to take a pause to sort out what’s nec­es­sary.

This shouldn’t be the sit­u­a­tion.

Prac­ti­cal clar­i­fi­ca­tions and care­ful advice can make you sig­nif­i­cant­ly pro­duc­tive and make your per­for­mance sky­rock­et. Also, a fine piece of advice can give your hard-work a mean­ing by mak­ing you wor­thy of the oppor­tu­ni­ties that might strike you.

This pre­pares you for what’s prob­a­ble in future.

Here are a few things which we think you must know. They’re suf­fi­cient to save from most com­mon­ly faced prob­lems and keep you from stum­bling in what­ev­er you do.

1. Don’t let your field overwhelm you

It’s easy to get baf­fled by the nature of com­put­er sci­ence. Espe­cial­ly when you’re a begin­ner.

The words “micro­proces­sor” and “dig­i­tal elec­tron­ics” aren’t always as invit­ing as physics or chem­istry, and the semi­colons and names of key­words are enough to haunt you.

In fact, dur­ing your ini­tial days of col­lege you might even start doubt­ing your deci­sion of get­ting into com­put­er sci­ence.

The only way to pro­tect your san­i­ty in such sit­u­a­tion is to take some time to adapt to the sur­round­ings and grasp the whole thing con­sec­u­tive­ly.

Com­put­er sci­ence almost breaks the chain of con­ven­tion­al edu­ca­tion that you’re taught in high school and junior col­lege by intro­duc­ing you to some com­plete­ly new con­cepts.

It may seem dif­fi­cult in the begin­ning, but as you get famil­iar with these the­o­ries, your atti­tude becomes flex­i­ble towards them. This phi­los­o­phy applies to all aspects of CS.

Have a thick skin, don’t let the unac­quaint­ed side of com­put­er sci­ence get you, and take things easy, as you’ll even­tu­al­ly learn every­thing.

In short, take it easy.

2. Before you do anything else, learn the basics

While you’re visu­al­iz­ing your­self stand­ing among the future soft­ware engi­neers and web devel­op­ers with a lot of cash in your hand, make sure that you aren’t miss­ing out the basics.

You need a sol­id foun­da­tion of basics to play well in your are­na.

If you’re among those who under­es­ti­mate the use­ful­ness of basics and bunk their ini­tial lec­tures, you might be get­ting your­self into trou­ble.

Almost all sub­jects in com­put­er sci­ence are inter­wo­ven, and falling short in any one can cause you loss in the oth­ers.

Your grip over the basics deter­mines your capa­bil­i­ty of learn­ing fur­ther.

If you fail in under­stand­ing them, you may like­ly face prob­lems while con­sum­ing the oth­er things that will come in your way.

Pay atten­tion to the basic the­o­ries, con­crete the fun­da­men­tal con­cepts, and you’ll be all set to con­front what may fol­low.

3. Start early

Do not be mis­tak­en to think that you learn only after you get a job.

What you’ll do at work will gen­er­al­ly be a revi­sion and pol­ish­ing of the things you learn in col­lege.

It’s easy to fall prey to pro­cras­ti­na­tion, aban­don what mat­ters now and leave it onto tomor­row. But the con­se­quences that fol­low it might be dread­ful.

Get a hands-on expe­ri­ence in your col­lege itself and do what the employed peo­ple do. The time you spend in col­lege isn’t suf­fi­cient to mas­ter all of the skills, but it’s def­i­nite­ly enough for you to cov­er all the basics.

The chances of your suc­cess depend crit­i­cal­ly on how soon you act on your ambi­tions.

Also, what you learn in col­lege will back up your capa­bil­i­ties after grad­u­a­tion.

4. Try not to skip things

Skip­ping a few parts of aca­d­e­mics, bunk­ing lec­tures for hang­ing out in the can­teen, let­ting pro­gram­ming alone for play­ing GTA, sounds like fun, eh?

Not real­ly.

Get­ting into the habit of skip­ping things is a per­fect plan to shoot your­self in the foot. This way you fail to learn the essen­tial work cul­ture.

In com­put­er sci­ence, you can learn prop­er­ly, only by fol­low­ing the nec­es­sary steps, and skip­ping a few can make you fall.

If you want to cre­ate the next suc­cess, try not to skip any­thing.

We aren’t ask­ing you to take up every­thing pos­si­ble. Instead find out what should be of greater pri­or­i­ty to you and then act accord­ing­ly, but with­out skip­ping.

Com­plete the cours­es that you take, be reg­u­lar in your lec­tures, stay focused on a set of skills at time — that would be enough.

Feel free to have fun, but be less igno­rant to this part.

5. Depend on yourself (as much as you can)

Here’s a bit­ter truth — oth­ers are not real­ly seri­ous about your learn­ing and future career.

They don’t have time to care about you as much you because they’ve got their own tasks to do.

Your friends, teach­ers, and par­ents can guide you with their thoughts and help you when­ev­er you need them, but at the end of the day you’re left alone with your aspi­ra­tions to be tak­en care of.

If you’re among those who wait for their col­lege to teach them, or expect their teach­ers to advise them with what’s ben­e­fi­cial, then stop being one.

Rely on just your­self, and make doing things on your own a rit­u­al. You can­not keep wait­ing for oth­ers to help you.

You lose a lot time if you keep wait­ing. There comes a moment when you have to real­ize that depend­ing on oth­ers for your own learn­ing is a mere fool­ish­ness.

Do all that you can, learn by your­self, find your tech­niques and become self-reliant. This habit will also help you after col­lege.

Who do you think teach­es the work­ing class? They already under­stand the val­ue this trick. One major skill which com­mon and cru­cial among CS peo­ple is that most of them pos­sess a self-learning abil­i­ty and are capa­ble of work­ing inde­pen­dent­ly.

6. Stay with the geeks and nerds

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up work­ing for one.” – Bill Gates

Prac­ti­cal­ly say­ing, geeks and nerds are the only peo­ple who seem to be sure about what they’re doing. Every­one else is just try­ing to get bet­ter grades.

If you don’t enjoy the com­pa­ny of nerds then you might not be able to go far.

No mat­ter how much lame you think nerds are, you’ll have to give them the respect they deserve. If you won’t, they’ll snatch it from you any­way. With­out their help, you miss a lot of ideas which can oth­er­wise help you mas­ter your area of exper­tise.

Whether it be the pro­gram­mers or gamers, they take pride in being called a “geek” or “nerd” for a valid rea­son.

These words aren’t over­rat­ed, but sym­bol­ize curios­i­ty, inter­est, and skill­ful­ness alto­geth­er.

Due to these traits, nerds are always updat­ed with the lat­est trends and know about the cool things.

Also, they’re famil­iar with the pre­em­i­nent meth­ods and have solu­tions for most of the prob­lems that occur fre­quent­ly since they hold a strong expe­ri­ence in deal­ing with them.

If you can be a nerd, be one. If you can­not, stay with the ones who are. This can help you a lot since you’re meant to adapt your­self to this nerdy lifestyle to fit-into your field.

7. Don’t trust your college

Wait. Did we just ask you to do that?

Sor­ry. Let us rephrase that – “Don’t trust your col­lege!”

Now it looks good with an excla­ma­tion mark at the end.

Sev­er­al times, your col­lege teach­es things that aren’t rel­e­vant to your aspi­ra­tions or goals. Nev­er­the­less, you’re forced to fol­low their cur­ricu­lum whether it mat­ters to you or not.

They don’t care if you wish to learn Python when Java is on their list. It doesn’t con­cern them what kind of career you wish to have because they’re busy teach­ing you things that they want to, instead of what they need to you want to.

Some­times, their syl­labus is from the Stone Age and their teach­ing meth­ods are still the ones which were used by Adam and Eve, so you can­not expect your­self to get per­fect in such an envi­ron­ment.

Trust your gut reac­tions and act accord­ing to it. If you feel that your col­lege is drag­ging you down instead of assist­ing you, then work in a bal­anced man­ner that favors you.

What we wish to empha­size here is that even if col­lege is a fine place to pros­per, it can some­times act like an obstruc­tion by restrain­ing your free­dom.

The col­lege activ­i­ties take up so much time that there’s hard­ly any time left for self-learning and oth­er activ­i­ties, the unpro­duc­tive sub­mis­sions leave you exhaust­ed, and the out­dat­ed cur­ricu­lum bugs you with its irrel­e­vance to your goals.

This some­what makes the role of col­lege ques­tion­able.

Over­all, don’t bind your­self sole­ly to the edu­ca­tion pro­vid­ed by your col­lege, or else you’ll fail to uti­lize the time in which you can refine your abil­i­ties.

Col­lege is a great place to learn for sure, but don’t become too fond of it.

8. Your teachers can be your rescuers

Every­one needs some guid­ance from an expert men­tor to be sure of deci­sions and to get a bit of moral sup­port.

Guess who your men­tor can be? No, not Den­nis Ritchie. We are talk­ing about your teach­ers.

Although you might under­es­ti­mate your teach­ers you can­not ignore their expe­ri­ences. The years they spend teach­ing stu­dents and observ­ing the hir­ing process­es give them a brief expe­ri­ence about the work­ing of the indus­try, which makes them aware of the qual­i­ties that are often sought.

Don’t hes­i­tate to ask your teach­ers the ques­tions that both­er you. Most of the time they’re will­ing to help you and will try to resolve your prob­lems in a friend­ly man­ner. In cer­tain cas­es, they might also give you addi­tion­al tips and hacks for mak­ing things eas­i­er.

How­ev­er, remem­ber that your teach­ers aren’t cater­ers who’d ask you again and again about what you want. It’s your duty to reach them and ask for the solu­tions and answers you want from them.

Either you hes­i­tate to con­sult your teach­ers and bear the loss, or you use their expe­ri­ences to reap the ben­e­fits of learn­ing from them.

9. Dare not underestimate the need of proper tools

Your choice of tools is among the fore­most fac­tors that decide your suc­cess. Under­stand their role in your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty.

If you’re among those who feel that the right choice of tools doesn’t mat­ter, then try dig­ging the ground first with a nee­dle and then with a pick­axe, and you shall know the dif­fer­ence.

Okay, maybe this was an awful exam­ple for expla­na­tion but you can­not deny that the prop­er selec­tion of tools is cru­cial.

For instance, the per­son who uses Tur­bo C instead of visu­al basic is like­ly to click more keys for get­ting the doc­u­men­ta­tion right, and his chances of get­ting errors will be com­par­a­tive­ly greater in the Tur­bo C.

Improp­er tools and resources con­sume most of your time with­out get­ting you the sat­is­fac­to­ry results.

They can some­times even work neg­a­tive­ly for you instead of help­ing you by mak­ing you used to wrong ethics. So rather select them wise­ly.

Remem­ber that, your goal isn’t to labor but get­ting things done, and a wrong tools can keep you labor­ing all day.

10. Embrace consistency

One of the worst things about com­put­er sci­ence is the awful num­ber of things you’re required to learn.

Also, the pile of tasks nev­er seems to be decreas­ing. In such a sce­nario, you’re unlike­ly to fin­ish all the tasks or learn most of the skills.

You need a firm plan under such cir­cum­stances or else you keep doing ran­dom activ­i­ties with­out get­ting any favor­able out­put.

Here’s a good out­line of the fun­da­men­tal way used for mak­ing deci­sions:

  1. Know what you want to do
  2. Find the skills you need to do that thing
  3. Learn those skills

A nice prac­tice is decid­ing your pri­or­i­ties and start­ing with them instead of try­ing to do every­thing at once.

Focus on a spe­cif­ic set of activ­i­ties and take them one day at a time. This way you’ll actu­al­ly do things and also be able to con­clude them.

Also, not only you will move ahead in a step­wise man­ner but also avoid jum­bling of con­cepts.

Be con­sis­tent with your aca­d­e­mics and keep learn­ing at a con­stant pace, this will suf­fice for the need of cram­ming on the night before an exam.

A few min­utes of pro­gram­ming each day can sub­stan­tial­ly ele­vate your progress. Few min­utes of research can give you a clar­i­ty.

Work on things bit by bit, con­sis­tent­ly, and you’ll final­ly be able to fin­ish them.

11. Make productivity a priority

You won’t do things prop­er­ly unless you decide to get seri­ous about them.

You refuse to learn new tricks, keep ignor­ing your habits, don’t give time to ren­o­vat­ing your meth­ods, and keep using age old meth­ods unless you decide to make pro­duc­tiv­i­ty a pri­or­i­ty.

Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty isn’t just about doing things but doing them prop­er­ly.

Nev­er­the­less, once you fall in a rut, escap­ing your habits might tire you. If you keep doing the wrong things and won­der why the results are against you, then you severe­ly need to reor­ga­nize your meth­ods.

Some fine ways to boost pro­duc­tiv­i­ty are using the right tools, rec­og­niz­ing meth­ods that work for you, and uti­liz­ing the cor­rect ref­er­ence mate­ri­als.

Just keep revis­ing your habits reg­u­lar­ly and find out the eas­i­est ways to do your work. It must work.

12. Acquire extra skills

Whether you’re an under grad­u­ate col­lege stu­dent or a com­put­er sci­ence major, you can­not afford to stay restrict­ed to only your field of con­cern.

Although most of your time will be spent by stay­ing glued to your lap­top screen (if you use a desk­top, use desk­top, it doesn’t affect what we have to say) you should find an escape from this for your own sake.

If you’re a vision­ary then it shouldn’t be tough for you to pre­dict your future lifestyle.

What we mean is that if you don’t learn any­thing apart from com­put­er skills alone, you may find your­self in a mis­er­able state and might get fed up with your lifestyle in the near future.

We don’t know how play­ing sports might make you a pro­gram­ming genius, but it’s essen­tial for a healthy life.

Play­ing a musi­cal instru­ment won’t assist you in cre­at­ing the next oper­at­ing sys­tem, but it’s def­i­nite­ly a gift you can give to your­self.

Writ­ing poems can­not help you in estab­lish­ing the next tech giant, but it can sure­ly add sparkle to your life beyond doubt.

The computer-lifestyle isn’t always fun, and gets tir­ing some­times. It’s a nice thing that com­put­er sci­ence enthus­es you as a whole but don’t claim that you’ll love it till eter­ni­ty.

If you man­age to learn some extra skills then you shall always have an option to find solace by doing them. Also, you’ll always have the option to feel wor­thy about know­ing them.

13. Sharpen your soft-skills

Soft-skills are a must. No mat­ter how use­less the sub­ject of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills looks as a part of your syl­labus, it’s there for a rea­son. You might be among the gift­ed ones to whom the man­ner of inter­act­ing well with peo­ple comes nat­u­ral­ly, but not every­one is.

It may sur­prise you to know that a bulk of your suc­cess depends mere­ly on your char­ac­ter and abil­i­ty to nego­ti­ate with peo­ple, for which you may not be able to com­pen­sate with your aca­d­e­m­ic knowl­edge and col­lege aggre­gates.

Your per­son­al­i­ty, flex­i­bil­i­ty of thoughts, and syn­er­gy tell a lot about your chances of fit­ting into oth­ers cul­ture, and that’s what com­pa­nies search in their employ­ees.

The neces­si­ty of soft-skills varies with your job type and work envi­ron­ment, yet, being a pol­ished per­son with a flaw­less per­son­al­i­ty is always expe­di­ent.

14. Don’t rush things

You won’t learn all that is nec­es­sary while you’re in col­lege, and nei­ther should you try to.

It doesn’t take much time to learn some­thing new, but mas­ter­ing it takes a lot of per­sis­tence. This mas­tery can­not be achieved overnight or with­in a span of weeks.

Just because your col­lege keeps throw­ing a new pro­gram­ming lan­guage at you in every semes­ter doesn’t mean that you’ll thor­ough­ly learn all of them before grad­u­a­tion.

In real­i­ty, you’ll have to learn just enough to sur­vive your exams.

So don’t even attempt to sit with your lap­top and a stack of five dif­fer­ent pro­gram­ming lan­guage books on your desk, with an inten­tion of learn­ing them with­in a few months.

The peo­ple who astound you with their pro­gram­ming pow­ers on the inter­net are usu­al­ly the ones who have had a good deal of expe­ri­ence in what they do and have spent a few years of their life doing the same things over and over, so don’t com­pare your­self to them.

How­ev­er, if you real­ly wish to mas­ter some­thing while still in col­lege, then stick to some spe­cif­ic choic­es until grad­u­a­tion. But don’t hur­ry things.

15. Batmen are vulnerable in computer science

First­ly, stop blot­ting out your fear of being social in the name of intro­ver­sion. Sec­ond­ly, well, we’re unable think of a good sec­ond point.

If you’re a Bat­man kind of per­son (like us), then you’ve got some­thing to wor­ry about. You need to change your­self a bit in order to fit into the ambi­ence of com­put­er sci­ence.

Learn­ing from oth­ers, net­work­ing and all oth­er sort of things require some degree of com­mu­ni­ca­tion. If you hold your­self back due to your unwill­ing­ness then you may miss a lot of oppor­tu­ni­ties.

Also, since you’ll need to express your ideas and views to a lot of non-technical peo­ple, and to col­leagues when work­ing with a team, it’ll be bet­ter if you stay pre­pared to get a bit social.

We aren’t ask­ing you to sud­den­ly bounce between peo­ple or become the guy who offers hand­shake to strangers, but get com­fort­able with a bit of stage speak­ing and gen­er­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

This way you’ll be able to sur­vive in the indus­try with­out giv­ing up your own per­son­al­i­ty.

16. Know the industry you wish to work in

Major­i­ty of com­put­er sci­ence stu­dents lack an aware­ness regard­ing their indus­try.

They scarce­ly have any idea how they’ll do the job which they wish to take up, or try to learn about the func­tion­ing of the com­pa­nies they aspire to get into.

This atti­tude is often incor­rect.

In the col­lege itself, learn about what kind of jobs are avail­able for you depend­ing on the knacks you pos­sess, the form of lifestyle you’ll have, type of work you’ll be sup­posed to do and what would be the best option for you.

Try to gath­er as much knowl­edge as you can to under­stand your cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and act accord­ing­ly.

  • Do your own research.
  • Con­sult the ones who already do the occu­pa­tions you’re prepar­ing for.
  • Read blogs of indus­try lead­ers and com­pa­nies.
  • Get some coun­sel­ing.
  • Stay updat­ed with trends (read mag­a­zines and tech web­sites).

It’s always good to know where you’re head­ing. You’ll already be a lot more pre­pared if you know your indus­try and stay aware of what’s hap­pen­ing around you.

17. Find what the recruiters want from you

Recruiters are tired of inter­view­ing the can­di­dates who claim their wor­thi­ness by show­ing up a resume which seems an exact repli­ca of the ones they’ve seen before, stuffed with key­words like C++, Java, HTML, and Pow­er­Point (yes, such chumps exist).

Do you think hir­ers care about what you’ve learned? Yes they do.

But more than that they expect you to be capa­ble of imple­ment­ing what you’ve learned. They ana­lyze you com­plete­ly with­in a mat­ters of min­utes and draw their con­clu­sion. What do you think they see in you with­in that time?

All they care about is whether you can effi­cient­ly do the task they’re assign­ing you with respon­si­bil­i­ty. They check whether you fit into all their aspects and can work under dif­fer­ent cir­cum­stances.

Try to stand out by lim­it­ing your resume to rel­e­vant set of skills, instead of pen­ning down every­thing that you’ve learned since you’ve entered your col­lege, or worse, since your birth.

Here’s what we sug­gest:

Build a port­fo­lio show­cas­ing the work you’ve done. This sig­ni­fies your prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence much impres­sive­ly.

You may include in it the intern­ships you’ve tak­en up, your involve­ment in vol­un­teer­ing, or the tasks you’ve done inde­pen­dent­ly. These activ­i­ties show your pas­sion about what you do, and there­by present you as a reli­able option.

Also, this makes the recruiters per­ceive you as a strong can­di­date whom they wouldn’t want to lose.

18. Meet your friend, the internet

One sim­ple trick which can help you through­out the col­lege is Googling prop­er­ly.

Face a prob­lem? Google.

Got a doubt? Google.

Want to learn some­thing? Yes, Google.

Stop pre­tend­ing like the inter­net is your ene­my. Don’t be among those who keep blam­ing the inter­net for the prob­lems they cre­ate them­selves.

The inter­net is a poor lad. It only shows what you ask it to show. It trav­els across the cor­ners of the world to get what you want and proves its loy­al­ty. It’s inno­cent.

If you keep doing ran­dom things and blame it for dis­tract­ing you, then it’s your fault, not of the inter­net.

We know there are peo­ple who keep say­ing that inter­net has destroyed social lives, ruined health and all. Maybe, but we’re talk­ing about some­thing else.

Inter­net has Codea­cad­e­my which teach­es you, Quo­ra where you can par­tic­i­pate in dis­cus­sions, Feed­ly which keeps you updat­ed with the con­tent from your favourite sites, Tuto­ri­al­s­point where you learn, and sev­er­al oth­er such sites which make learn­ing inter­est­ing for you.

Then why would you hate the inter­net?

The inter­net is the biggest resource you own, a rev­o­lu­tion­ary weapon. You’re in deep water if you can­not har­ness its pow­er.

The ideas that excite you, pas­sion that dri­ves you, knowl­edge you crave for, are all avail­able on the inter­net. Pick up the art of using it and make it your best friend. We know you already know it, oth­er­wise you might not have been read­ing this blog.

19. Play around with things

If the com­plex­i­ty of things makes you curi­ous and the thought of doing some­thing new thrills you then you’re a per­fect cutout for com­put­er sci­ence.

This habit of exper­i­ment­ing can make you go places. Think of your­self as a sci­en­tist, jump into the world of explo­rations, and test your apti­tudes.

Com­put­er sci­ence is one of those uncom­mon fields in which peo­ple come out of nowhere, even with­out a col­lege degree, and yet get hired due to their capa­bil­i­ties. It’s a mat­ter of curios­i­ty, desires, and the joy of learn­ing.

If some­thing makes you say “Hey, what’s this thing? How can I do it?” then open your brows­er dig the inter­net and find ways to do it.

If you won­der about what would hap­pen if you mess a bit with pro­grams, then mess with them. If the com­plex­i­ties of com­put­er astound you, then explore them. Dab­bling is the most fun way to learn about new tech­nolo­gies.

Self-learning isn’t a skill to be learned but a habit worth incul­cat­ing.

20. Become a jack of all trades

Ver­sa­til­i­ty is attrac­tive and use­ful.

It’s always cool when you can do mul­ti­ple tasks by your­self with­out rely­ing on any­one else. It’s a smart thought to learn as much as pos­si­ble. You’ve got resources and abil­i­ty, so there’s bare­ly any obstruc­tion that may stop you.

Learn every­thing that attracts you, whether it be web design­ing, pro­gram­ming, or ani­ma­tion. There’s no harm in gain­ing addi­tion­al knowl­edge. You can have the odds on your side when you’re a knowl­edge­able per­son.

Your web design skills can always help you in tweak­ing your per­son­al web­site a bit, your video mak­ing skills and add life to your pre­sen­ta­tions, and so on.

You always have the option to become a mas­ter of cer­tain field or skill. But while you’re busy try­ing to become a mas­ter, don’t for­get to become a jack of all trades. This atti­tude cer­tain­ly impacts the work you do.

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