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March 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm #37078MrBrightsideParticipant
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 #98973AnonymousInactive
I think you’ll find a lot of people (myself included) are self taught. :)March 13, 2012 at 5:55 pm #98974joshuanhibbertMember
+1 Self taught.March 13, 2012 at 6:11 pm #98978MrBrightsideParticipant
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 #98983SenffParticipant
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.March 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm #98992TheDocMember
+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 #98993karlpcrowleyParticipant
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 :(March 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm #99005karlpcrowleyParticipant
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 #99013snapsizeMember
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.March 14, 2012 at 11:06 am #99069BrightonmikeMember
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.March 15, 2012 at 4:23 am #99139sliver37Member
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:
March 15, 2012 at 8:37 am #99151tobeeornotMember
- 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?March 15, 2012 at 11:10 am #99162heroMember
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.March 15, 2012 at 2:50 pm #99175MottieMember
Self taught here as well :PMarch 15, 2012 at 3:18 pm #99181mcguiver178Member
self taught, am going for graphic design and marketing instead of computer science
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