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What kind of Degree did you get in Web Dev?

  • # March 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Hey guys I’m looking of going into doing web development. I noticed the ones I looked at where Associate degrees and I wondered, what’s a good level of education for a Web Developer to get? What did you guys get? So please do share your wonderful insites because I would love to have them.

    Thanks,

    # March 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    I think you’ll find a lot of people (myself included) are self taught. :)

    # March 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    +1 Self taught.

    # March 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    < Self taught as well. It's worth mentioning that I did take several few web development classes before I got serious with it. But, as many can attest, they are pretty awful.

    I’m a big proponent of education as long as it makes sense. In the case of web development, I’d recommend a complimentary degree such as marketing or something like server administration type courses.

    # March 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve taught myself web development to a pretty big degree. I don’t want to waste my time and money on a degree if it’s like “this is what HTML is…” but I also don’t want to be like “don’t worry I may not have a degree but I’m really good!” So what are some good degrees to get that would supplement my knowledge or make me more valuable?

    but anyway I want more people’s comments.

    # March 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, but that has nothing to do with my web development skills (self-taught as well).

    I guess the value of it (in fact ANY bachelor’s degree) would be for an employer hiring you; it just says that you’re smart enough in general, so to speak.

    Not that it guarantees anything, but put it like this: if there’s two guys who apply for the same web development job, one is a high-school dropout and the other one has a bachelor’s degree in economics, the one with the degree has better chances to be invited for an interview. Even though the dropout may actually have better development skills. So in a way, it just makes for some impression.

    But it’s not the be-all-end-all. If the dropout writes a better application letter than the bachelor, then THAT might get the dropout a foot in the door.

    All in all, the degree is just one of the (many) factors.

    Rob
    # March 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    I got a degree from the school of doing it myself lol

    actually that’s not 100% true, I actually starting in 1998 with a NVQ (UK National Vocational Qualification) in HTML and Web Design – but that was seriously not worth the time really… I did learn how to play Quake though.

    # March 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    +1 self taught.

    I think you’ll find that the majority of courses are behind the times. If you want to learn, there are plenty of up-to-date online resources.

    # March 13, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Self thought
    Most places want minimum of two years experience but nobody will give me the experience so I can’t quit my day job just yet :(

    Rob
    # March 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Seriously @karlcrowley – from the answers you are giving you should apply anyway :)

    Mostly the things they say on job descriptions are mostly bollocks – and as long as you can get your foot in the door you can make a good impression in the interview :)

    Just go for em!

    # March 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Don’t know if I should have “I help people on the internet” on my CV haha
    I have been applying anyway ;)

    # March 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I took a multi-media course that taught basic html, css and php but from there it’s mostly self taught, tutorials and forums. The portfolio is key though.

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    # March 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    @karlpcrowley re: “I help people on the internet” -

    Absolutely, you should say that. It’s published proof of your programming, troubleshooting/debugging, communication, and teamwork skills.

    no joke : )

    # March 14, 2012 at 5:58 am

    The Degree of Self Taught Hair Tearing and Headaches – self taught over many years (My first IDE was Macromedia MX Dreamweaver! So all the way back to 2002.)

    Rob
    # March 14, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Well you could put it on your CV… – but I meant you seem pretty competent to me and I think if you did get an interview you could easily show that competence.

    “I Helpz Interwebz peoplez”

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