I haven't posted here in a while and for good reasons.
A couple of years back, I stopped coding in C and C++ mainly due to the following:
- The work presented, while difficult, did not reflect standards accepted by today's modern programmer.
- The languages are practically obsolete
- No job opportunities since university graduation
Since then, I switched over to SQL studies and now I'm slowly studying HTML and CSS via Code Academy. However, even with these new studies, I'm still reluctant to carry on with them if there is no chance of me getting a job in the future that will make use of these skills. I've been unemployed for 17 months now without any new job opportunities and it appears that all new employers require computer programmers to have previous experience in their field for at least 2 years.
Even if I do happen to land a job, I don't know whether the skills I've learned will reflect the standards of today's modern SQL or web programmer. Everyone is more content to accept the opinions of Ars Technica despite their callous and abrasive nature to up and coming programmers in today's society.
I'm willing to accept any advice here if it can help bring me back on my feet because I honestly feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place here.