HomePostsApr 12, 2017

Self-Teach or Go Back to School?

I distilled this down from a few email threads I've had with folks who wanted to get into software development and/or were considering degree programs.

On going back to school:

My conclusion: sounds like fun and it’s something that I’ve considered several times, still am. The really key thing to ask before you start is: what do I expect to get from this and does that “pay” for the time and energy and cost of the course? Just be realistic. If it sounds like fun and you can afford it, it’s certainly not going to hurt you so fire away! But be realistic about what it’s doing for you. And if you have interest in a specific company or discipline, seek out folks working there and pick their brains. It wouldn’t be too hard to find 10 dream jobs on Indeed or somewhere and just contact the hiring person and say “this is me. Maybe I don’t quality but, in 6 months, I’d like to. How do I do that?” Wait … that’s really good advice, I might do that :)

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