programming in college different than real world?

I'm graduating in december, I've taken javascript, C++,  C#, and other languages, but i feel like I currently cannot make a program by myself. like a mobile app game for example. i looked at unity and unreal enginge too and noticed the syntax is very different. even unreal engine's C++ isn't like in school. so does school teach you fundamentals? and you learn the actual language at your new job? how does on transition from school work to actually coding programs that other users interact with day to day? it's intimidating for sure.

3 Answers

  • 2 months ago
    Favourite answer

    School and college basically give you enough background to be able to continue learning on your own.

    You will be learning for the rest of your life, if you are enthusiastic!

    With things such as you mention, there is both the language itself and the libraries or APIs used in a framework such as Unreal engine.

    It's a bit like knowing English, then studying a technical subject like physics or medicine; you are still using English, but the contexts and terminology change with the subject.

    It's the same type of thing when using libraries and tools created by other people, you have to learn the terminology they created to be able to use those tools.

    All the functions used are purely what the particular programmer(s) decided fitted their requirements.

  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Maybe your problem is that you think the "real world" is about writing mobile app games.

    Have you looked at job ads for entry-level programmers?  Which ones would you apply for if you started now?

    Employers who hire entry-level employees know that school is limited.  You will have experienced coworkers who will mentor you.

    But, you still have to sell yourself.  If you have no confidence then that will be difficult.

    Instead of a mobile app, try to write a business report that gets data from a database.  Do you know SQL?  Do you know how to submit SQL through C++?

  • Matt
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    college is a con - you are going to need to teach yourself because the muppets who work in colleges know jack

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