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Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
by Rosewinsall
Hello all. Coding and computer science are things I am fascinated by to a great extent. However I don't seem to be cut out for college. So I am wondering if I need a degree to get an entry level programming job.

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Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:12 pm UTC
by ahammel
Rosewinsall wrote:Hello all. Coding and computer science are things I am fascinated by to a great extent. However I don't seem to be cut out for college. So am I wondering if I need a degree to get an entry level programming job.

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Need? No. Some of the best engineers I've worked with do not have college degrees. (I do have a degree, but it's in botany.)

You may be at a disadvantage when it comes to getting your first job, since many companies hire out of CS programs. It's certainly not impossible, though. Experience tends to trump education for most hiring managers that I've worked with in this industry (the ones with a clue, anyway), so the second job will be easier.

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:18 pm UTC
by Rosewinsall
Would I need a portfolio as proof of my work?

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
by ahammel
Rosewinsall wrote:Would I need a portfolio as proof of my work?
It certainly wouldn't hurt. That's the kind of thing I like to see when I'm involved with hiring relatively junior people.

If you've done web-app type stuff, put links to it on your resume. If it's not something that the people doing the hiring can play with personally, then just a description of what it does and why you built it is fine. In either case, if you can put a link to the source code on your github, that's really helpful for anybody looking to evaluate your skills.

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
by Tub
Rosewinsall wrote:Hello all. Coding and computer science are things I am fascinated by to a great extent.

Fascination and motivation cannot substitute education and practice. Whether you're self-taught, using online courses or visit a college doesn't matter much, but you do need to put in those mystical 10.000 hours. And you do need feedback and guidance from someone more experienced than you; that's easier to get in college than at home with a book.
If you cannot show your employer a degree, you need to show results, preferably in the area you want to work in. Publish a website, an app, some open source software, whatever fits.

Rosewinsall wrote:So I am wondering if I need a degree to get an entry level programming job.

There is a market for cheap and minimally qualified programming jobs, if that's your thing. Those rarely count against your 10.000 hours though, just like working at McDonalds doesn't improve your skills as a chef.

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
by Rosewinsall
I learned a couple languages in college so I have practice. Just need a whole lot more. And a job with minimal skills isn't my thing. I just asked about that to kind of get in the door.

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
by TvT Rivals
What about joining a free/open source software project?

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:28 am UTC
by bunny9
You don't need a computer science degree to get a programmer job. Even the biggest tech company Google hires programmers who don't have a college degree (check their careers page faq section).

Hope it helps.

Re: Degree for Coding

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:39 am UTC
by charlierichkid
Degree is a plus... but there are lots of programmers who don't have college degree..