My fianceè is currently enrolled on CS50 Introduction to Computer Science online.
I'm a programmer and have been for around 5-6 years, I started with VB.NET since I first started learning, then progressed onto Web Development at a large agency for 4 years (PHP, JS, React) and I'm now back with VB.NET.
I've worked with a few "complicated" (they were to me) projects in the past, but now I'm being tasked with guiding my fianceè with this course.
Some of the problems which she is expected to solve are pretty simple problems, but I just can't seem to get the hang of any of them on my own.
I would have thought that my last 5-6 years of experience would at least help me here. I can point out basic syntax errors and help with debugging, but when it comes to me trying to solve these problems on my own, I don't know where to start.
It makes me question how I was hired in the first place.
Sorry for the rant, but I was just wondering if anyone else felt like this.
Universities traditionally focused on Computer Science and their graduates would often need a lot of grooming before they could really be independently and reliably productive in the commercial words of application development or software engineering. Importantly, it was less grooming than someone who studied something like English or Sociology or History, but it was still a different discipline than what the job market demanded.
You jumped into the job market directly. You learned to develop applications, research API's, study trends, and participate as a team member in development workflows under commercial pressure. You don't know how to compose and compare sort functions for abstract sets of N elements because you never needed to. You just use sort().
And that's okay! Inventing new algorithms with theoretical significance is not your job! You have other skills and they're of much more immediate value!