Help me stop waffling about my continuing education in Software Development
December 27, 2012 5:01 PM Subscribe
In the field of software development, is it better to have 5+ years experience or a Bachelor's Degree? (snowflake)
posted by anonymous to Education (22 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
We had another ownership change at work in early 2012. Things are a lot more stable now - not bulletproof, by any means, but a lot less scary. I could not see ever leaving this job voluntarily (I've been there over 10 years).
I'm reaching the point of diminishing returns with my schooling. Most of the classes I have left are either general ed, or are Photography/art stuff that I will never, ever use. I am not personally satisfied at my progression at my job and want to be faster/more efficient at the things that I do at work to help our product. I am trying to determine whether I should just quit school and spend this time learning real, applicable skills. If something should happen to my job, I only have 9 classes left, and could finish them while looking for a new job (right?). I have asked colleagues at work and they are split down the middle - typically the half that have degrees say I should keep going. Where I am right now in my skills, I am not really comfortable certifying myself as knowing C++ on my resume.
TL;DR - if I have 5-6+ years practical experience with software development, does a bachelor's degree *really* matter that much? I am in Dallas.
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