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    ENFPs and Computer Science

    I noticed all my friends who are actually computer programmers are INTJ, ESTJ, ENTJ and INFJ.

    That's a lot of Js.

    Would an ENFP do well in this industry?

    I currently work as a web developer, still studying to get a degree in computer programming, but when the workload starts getting boring, it's hard to keep my interest.

    Since I work in a small business where I'm the only developer, I have no clue how working in a corporate setting would be like or if it would be for me. Also, since I'm the only computer nerd there, I don't have anyone near me to bounce nerdy algorithms and programming ideas with! It's hard to socialize alone! XD

    Aside from that, I do love what I do and I love coding, learning new programming languages and creating programs. It has enough creativity and flexibility and structure to keep me interested. Plus, I love making it a game and celebrating when I solve a problem I get stuck on.

    I also like being the weird one, so I think the IT/software engineer industry wouldn't mind a random gamer computer nerd girl like me. ^__^

    Any input from computer programmers is gladly welcome! :D
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    Being different than every one else can work in your favor sometimes.

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    Don't ever mention games if you want to make it into a gaming software firm. Believe me, you're not the only programmer here on this forum. Sadly making games is nowhere near as interesting as playing them 99% of the time. The debugging can get quite maddening and isn't for anyone who is up to the focus and ambition to go through with it. It is very rewarding though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodeGuru View Post
    Don't ever mention games if you want to make it into a gaming software firm. Believe me, you're not the only programmer here on this forum. Sadly making games is nowhere near as interesting as playing them 99% of the time. The debugging can get quite maddening and isn't for anyone who is up to the focus and ambition to go through with it. It is very rewarding though.
    OH no, I don't want to go into gaming software.

    I was thinking more along the lines of Intel, Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Boeing, Symantec, Yahoo, medical programs, etc. It seems like a more stable work environment to work with a company that focuses on practical applications than video games.

    I have guys in my class talking about the complexity of how much math and such is involved with doing game design with hair and such.. It was cool to listen to, but it seems pointless to put so much work into making hair flow perfectly. What's the benefit of that? It just looks nice, but I see no way that would help society other than making a virtual reality seem more real.

    I do see myself working on future updates of cloud development or even the newer versions of IDEs and Microsoft Office. :P

    Working on practical programs seems more helpful to me than working on games, and I like the idea of making things to make people's lives easier. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahiko View Post
    I have guys in my class talking about the complexity of how much math and such is involved with doing game design with hair and such.. It was cool to listen to, but it seems pointless to put so much work into making hair flow perfectly. What's the benefit of that? It just looks nice, but I see no way that would help society other than making a virtual reality seem more real.
    That sort of practicality will get you really far. And yes, game programming all comes down to mere entertainment. Your best bet to getting admitted to a big company like Microsoft is, in addition to having a degree in compsci, is presenting them with code you worked on yourself. Something you've done in open-source applications, for example. I wish you the best of luck on your quest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahiko View Post
    I noticed all my friends who are actually computer programmers are INTJ, ESTJ, ENTJ and INFJ.

    That's a lot of Js.

    Would an ENFP do well in this industry?

    I currently work as a web developer, still studying to get a degree in computer programming, but when the workload starts getting boring, it's hard to keep my interest.

    Since I work in a small business where I'm the only developer, I have no clue how working in a corporate setting would be like or if it would be for me. Also, since I'm the only computer nerd there, I don't have anyone near me to bounce nerdy algorithms and programming ideas with! It's hard to socialize alone! XD

    Aside from that, I do love what I do and I love coding, learning new programming languages and creating programs. It has enough creativity and flexibility and structure to keep me interested. Plus, I love making it a game and celebrating when I solve a problem I get stuck on.

    I also like being the weird one, so I think the IT/software engineer industry wouldn't mind a random gamer computer nerd girl like me. ^__^

    Any input from computer programmers is gladly welcome! :D
    My ENFP sister is employed as a computer programmer, i don't think its so unusual. I won't get into details as she isn't here to offer any opinions, so i won't speak on her behalf. i just wanted to point out that computer programming isn't limited to any specific type. Have fun computer gaming, personally it bores me to tears ;)
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    I remember that my computer science professor in college did a poll of everyone's MBTI type. There were comp sci majors of almost every type (except the ISTPs, weirdly). I am sure you can be happy as an ENFP programmer.

    Just out of curiosity, how did you learn to become a web developer if you didn't have a computer science degree prior to that point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahiko View Post

    Would an ENFP do well in this industry?
    My ENFP fiance is in IT. He owns his own repair business but he is now programming for linux. I truthfully don't know much about what he does. So yes, it can be done successfully.
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    @CodeGuru & @MuChApArAdOx , thanks much for the support! :D

    Quote Originally Posted by kittychris07 View Post
    Just out of curiosity, how did you learn to become a web developer if you didn't have a computer science degree prior to that point?
    It's an interesting story, but it all boils down to diligently searching for opportunities and a deep enthusiasm for the job. :)

    I actually started with making websites when I was around 10 years old, but I always thought it was just a hobby. I didn't think much of it and actually didn't really know much about Computer Science. I'm also first-generation US college-educated in my family, so I didn't have any knowledge of what to expect at the US university level or what majors there were. Asian parents told me to just be a nurse, so I took Bio and I HATED it. I always found myself programming websites when I was sad or procrastinating on my homework and finals. :P

    Junior year summer, I got bored and decided to apply for web development internships. I got one! :D After that, I got lucky and picked up 2 more web development internships in my last 2 years of college, so by the time I graduated, I already had 2 years experience. I had a hard time finding a job at first, so I picked up an internet marketing internship to kill time, and that was what landed me my big break. :)

    If it weren't for my bosses at my internships, I probably wouldn't be where I am now. They knew I didn't have the degree, but they still took me in even when I told them this story that I just told you. :D I think the enthusiasm for it is what convinced them. :]

    With the job market now, I don't think that would happen nearly as often now, so I'm really grateful for everything and I love what I do.
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    I have one INTJ and two INTP friends who are in that field. I tried computer science once.

    Fuckin' computers be trollin'.


     
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