If this is too off-topic/belongs somewhere else, apologies in advance. Soo.. I'm a student, currently nearing the end of my third term ( second year ) studying computer science at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. If you're not Canadian or a Vancouverite that probably doesn't mean much, so let me elaborate a bit. BCIT is a polytechnic college and is arguably one of if not the top schools in Canada for focused and applied technical and trades learning. I don't have any control over my schedule and my program in particular is intense - I'm usually at school 12-16 hrs a day 6-7 days a week ( this term at least ). If I were to graduate with a 2 year diploma the skills I leave with would be in line with a 4 year degree from most universities, though I do plan on going straight into a degree program.
Anyway, onto the point of this thread. I'm currently broke and doing everything I can do avoid a student loan to keep my head above water. I've managed to set aside enough to pay my way through a full 4 years, but with no income I'll have to dip into that to you know, feed myself and keep a roof over my head, ultimately leading to a loan to finish my education.
I've dabbled in internet marketing and the like in the past, with some decent success and ultimately decided it's just not for me. I'm not a big people person so going out and trying to sell myself doesn't come easy, but I have and am continuing to build skills that I know are in demand. I don't have time to go get a full or even part time job somewhere, and ultimately I would prefer to work for myself. But for now I'm really just looking for some contract work to avoid years of dept/homelessness/starvation!
Therein lies my problem. My past work experience has been so different than what I intend to do for the rest of my life that I don't really know where to start. I've tried getting some gigs on freelancer but it's really hard to compete with people who are just as skilled ( if not far more ) who are also willing to work for a fraction of the cost I need to. The "Wanted - Members Looking To Hire You" forum here seems to have changed a bit in the last few years and evolved into more of a "Hey review my product for a free copy of my product" forum. While I do plan on posting something in the "Warriors for Hire" forum I don't want to sit idly by and hope someone decides comes to me with work over the many others looking for the same.
A brief list of my technical areas of knowledge:
- PHP ( web and mobile is my current second year option at school )
- Android development
If anyone has been in my shoes or has any advice at all on what you think I can/should do - it would be greatly appreciated!!