Higher education is an important part of many people's careers, but not everyone thrives in a standard educational environment. In this video, discover how higher education prepares you for the field, what you learn there that isn't often taught elsewhere, and why some successful developers benefit from this route.
- Higher education is an important part of many careers, but not everyone thrives in a standard educational environment. Do you really need to get a college degree to get a developer job? You may have heard that people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg never finished their college education. I think a better question is what value does having a college degree bring to my ability to get hired? Now first let's talk about the cost of a college education. It has skyrocketed. The average cost of attending a private university is now nearly $50,000 annually, three times the price since 1990. Tuition has climbed at a faster rate than inflation, and median income levels. However, having a college education does make a big difference. College graduates earn about $1 million more over their lifetime than people without a degree. Now some companies require a college degree in order to be hired. About 65% of all jobs require a post-secondary education. However, in recent years, companies like Apple, Google, and IBM stopped requiring a college degree. A study of professionals working for more than five years in software development found two major benefits to a college education. College students learned to solve problems and explore research into higher level concepts. Being able to study concepts deeper and over a longer period of time is a huge advantage. General education gives students a firm and wide foundation. Math and physics courses can be very useful to computer science, but are not really incorporated into bootcamp style programs. Students can also be exposed to business courses that will teach them how to write proposals and documents for decision makers. If you're comparing a traditional college degree to a bootcamp or self-study program, it definitely has advantages in terms of earning potential, learning methodologies, and increasing your ability to get hired.
- Types of web developers
- Server technologies
- Getting web development training
- Choosing the right tools
- Getting a job
- Negotiating your salary