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    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.



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


    +1 Self taught.


    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.


    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.


    +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.


    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 :(


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


    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.


    I have an IED-accredited degree in Product Design. Not directly web related, but being a design degree it gave me a lot of the grounding I needed. Plus, in it’s own right, it is a fantastic degree that could lead to other things.


    Another self taught here.

    The best way to learn is follow the pro’s: Read their blog, watch/read their tutorials, and if possible attend their conferences.

    I have degree’s but they’re useless at this point (no employer has even asked) I had a blog post up on my thoughts on education systems, the gist of it has already been mentioned. Unless it’s a well-known place for this type of media it’s highly likely you will be learning old techniques that may or may not be of much use these days.

    The only upsides I see to it are:

    • You will hopefully meet some other designers and form a few allies.
    • Employers may take it into account, possibly helping you become employed.


    Do people think it is worth doing a graphic design course to strengthen skills for front-end work or simply keep developing over time?

    If so, can anyone recommend any courses, whether they be online or not?



    As an educator and web applications developer at the same college…. no. That should tell ya something ;) Both colleges and conferences are behind the times. I have been to dev connections, and some design usability courses. You’re best bet is to become self taught.


    Self taught here as well :P


    self taught, am going for graphic design and marketing instead of computer science

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