Should I perservere with my IT degree?
May 8, 2012 10:20 AM Subscribe
A year and a half ago, stuck in what I thought was a dead-end job, I decided to do a degree in computing/IT with the Open University. Six months later, I landed a job as a Test Analyst in the IT department of the company I was working for. I now have an actual career. I've been continuing with the degree, but I'm finding bits of it very dull and it's difficult to get motivated. Should I keep going?
posted by xchmp to Work & Money (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Special snowflake details: One of the problems is that I already have a pretty good understanding of most computing topics. The first year modules on programming were a complete breeze. I didn't bother to look at any of the materials - just did the coursework as and when it came up. This second year, the Java module is pretty much the same story (I don't know Java that well, but I'm a pretty reasonable programmer generally and the skills are pretty transferable), the UML/specification/etc. module is kind of dull and overlaps with stuff I know from my job, but is easy to cope with. My big problem is the Cisco Networking module. This is built around the CCNA qualification (although you don't actually have to take the Cisco exam), and is the dullest thing in the world to me. I took it because it fit in timewise and meant I could get the degree quicker, but have pretty much no interest in ever being a network technician and I find it impossible to give a damn about configuring routers.
So my original reasons for doing the degree are less valid now - I thought I needed it to get into an IT career, but here I am with an IT career. I would possibly like to move into development at some point. How important is having a degree going to be for that? Would my energy better be spent on something else? I recently got an Android phone and am teaching myself how to develop apps. Is demonstrable development/programming ability likely to be a good substitute for a qualification?