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I have a question for you guys. What level of education tends to be required to get a good dev job?

I've seen some people say bachelor's degree, I've seen some people say it doesn't matter much. I really don't fucking know. I'm in my senior year of high school and I need to know what exactly I'm gonna fucking do with my life.

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  • 9
    A regular apps developer doesn’t really need degress unless you’re trying to do something related to heavy algorithms, just keeps on learning updated tech and you should be fine
  • 5
    It depends much on what type of company you are aimimg for and if you have any examples of work.

    Examples is often worth more but especially larger companies often have more strict requirements of a minimal degree of education.

    A small startup is more likely to just let you prove your worth on site.

    But some degree will never hurt and might help to get a better starting salary.
  • 4
    You need experience, not education, to get the dream job. You build experience by working non-dream jobs for several years. You get your foot in the door somewhere, and spend 5-10 years paying your dues. Maybe changing your job a couple times, maybe not. But experience is the real metric. Education is nice, but the applicant with ten years of solid experience is always going to get the job over the candidate with a degree and less experience.
  • 4
    Honestly it’s both and neither.
    Yea I know what I said.

    Each manager, HR person and so on will have different levels of appreciation for with / without a degree.

    Some companies require it, to the point they don’t see “degree” on the CV / LinkedIn ect. they’ll skip you, I work in one of those, yet I swindled my way in without one.

    I think the question to yourself should be: do you need it, or does your dream job need it?
  • 4
    Do some light reading on what you find interesting and take note of the level of math required to understand it --> educate yourself appropriately

    Imo pretty much everything non-math related in a university-level course is a waste of time and money. In reality you could just learn everything outside of university, including calculus, discrete math, etc. If CS research interests you then probably you can find some opportunities at a uni and pad your resume
  • 3
    There is another thing one can acquire having better diploma. It's the social networking, and I really don't mean Facebook.
    On the university you meet tons of people of shared interests, working with multiple companies. It's a valuable, people often forget about.
  • 1
    Depends on the country and what you want to so. Research? Go as high as you can. Work? Could get a job without any degree. In germany masters is recommended since for some reason, some people here think that a bachelors ain't worth enough.
  • 5
    I personally went from high school dropout through a bunch of of other great careers to senior dev to tech lead of a company with about a 100 devs.

    That doesn't mean education / degrees are useless. My way had a lot of obstacles on it, and a degree can open extra doors as well as offer time to clarify what you want out of life.

    When given the chance, I would pick a degree that teaches fundamentals of math/algorithms, maybe data science or AI — I've found those topics to be difficult to learn using my autodidactic methods.

    But during your college, make sure to register as a company/freelancer, and get serious about building a portfolio as well. Build a useful app for a company, get a small game greenlit on steam, turn some hobby projects into presentable products.

    That would require working in overdrive to both get passing grades AND experience the life of an entrepreneur, but it would be optimal if you are ambitious about your career.

    But other paths can work just as well: The only constant must be a continuous drive to learn and optimize.

    Today I woke up with ideas about improving the speed of our unit tests, I want to write some database migrations to normalize a table, and I'm going to try out an interesting package for debugging... Not just because my job requires it, but because there's this instinctive drive to improve and learn.

    If you commit to that instinct every day, you can eventually ace any interview, with or without degree.
  • 1
    Whatever you decided to to, look into Dave Ramsey’s personal finance tips.

    Either way there will be numerous opportunities to take on burdensome debt. Don’t do it. Focus on saving money and growing your wealth. Being free to move about will provide you more chance at happiness than any degree or great first job.

    You won’t be a financially independent overnight, but with no debt you can be there quickly then you can be very selective about the work you take on.
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