HOW TO GET COMPUTER PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE\n\nGaining experience counts a lot towards getting ahead in a career at computer programming. The more experience a budding computer programmer gets in his or her chosen field, the higher his or her expertise level rises. With greater expertise come more jobs, and eventually a higher level of expertise will enable the computer programmer to command a higher pay rate.\n\nPractice makes perfect, and perfection takes work. If you are seriously thinking of launching a successful career in computer programming, the more work you do enables you to hone your skills some more until you achieve mastery of your chosen field.\n\nHow do you get your licks in computer programming? Everyone has to start with baby steps, and so do you. Your first step towards gaining experience in computer programming has a lot to do with doing your homework diligently and completing all the programming exercises and projects that you can find in your books on computer programming. Challenge yourself and gleefully dive into the harder projects as your degree of knowledge in computer programming gets further. Discover new ways of solving a programming exercise if you can.\n\nOnce you start feeling that the computer programming problems you find in your books are becoming rote to you, then it is time to begin putting your knowledge to the test. Get yourself into an internship or apprenticeship program where you will find opportunities to apply what you have learned and have someone see how far you have come in your studies. Eagerly seek feedback on your work and maintain an open and positive attitude towards whatever criticism the person coaching you may have on your output.\n\nAnd then, once your internship or apprenticeship is done and you have come to believe that you have learned enough to start stretching your wings, you can start presenting yourself as a volunteer computer programmer for a non-profit organization and work on whatever computer programming projects they may have for free. Of course some non-profit organizations do give some sort of allowance, payment or a token of gratitude to people who have worked with them, so you may end up not leaving empty handed after your stint with a non-profit organization. But then again, the experience you gain from working with them should be reward enough, because that was why you did work for them in the first place.\n\nAfter you have gotten a handful of feathers in your cap in terms of small computer programming jobs with non-profit organizations and when you feel that you can stretch your wings even further, you can start shooting for low-fee computer programming and consulting projects. You can find postings for these projects on college and university bulletin boards, in recruitment websites and in freelancing websites.\n\nGetting experience as a computer programmer is a step-by-step leveling projects that you should not really rush through. Take your time with your learning process and absorb all the information that you can through your hands-on experience. Soon enough, you will be able to tackle even the most complex computer programming project without even blinking.