I have a job. I'm just looking at what is out there for me now.
Everyone wants VHDL. I don't know it. I am learning (it and C++), but I still don't know it yet. Even still, when I do teach myself this skill set, how do I market it? I'll have zero professional experience with it. Can I put that on a resume? The best I can do is demonstrate some device I designed but that might make me look more like a hobbiest. Companies are not going to want to pay to train me in a skill they need NOW on a professional level.
So the best I can do is design a demo board. I figure I need to do a fully documented design including the project management, BOM, source code, PCB, schematics, power budget, trace impedence, simulations, etc.. The question is, what should it do to demo my engineering skills?
Comms: I'll need JTAG (for programmable devices), and RS-232 at a minimum. USB would be good. WiFi would be a real coup.
I/O: some sort of display device, and some way for the user to interact with the widget.
Does anyone out there have ideas to display my engineering prowess and skills learned that were not used professionally?