I'm a software developer, I'm currently studying for the Bachelor of Science - Biotechnology (by means of distance education), about halfway now. As an ideal outcome, I would search for an opportunity to combine my knowledge in IT with my interest in Biology/Medicine. Bioinformatics looks like an interesting opportunity, but my knowledge of the field is still very limited.
My question is: how would I make myself employable in the field, what would give me the edge?
For example, in Software development the answers may include, depending on who you ask: have a side project (application) that actually does something useful, contribute to open source, keep a blog, attend user group meetings, have a current certification.
So, essentially, what are the best things I could do with my spare time in the next year or so to become more valuable as a potential Bioinformatician?
You can check out the questions about recommended books (just search for "books), there are many of them at BioStar.
So would you recommend David W. Mount's book? I'm reading "Understanding Bioinformatics" by Zvelebil & Baum now, it had good reviews.
I meant I started from Daivd's book,and you can choose anyone you like :) The more you read, the more you know !
And Chris Evelo's recommendation is very good !