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    Jobs without a CS degree?

    From what I understand, it's quite possible to get a job without a computer degree. Is this true? Sorry for the obnoxiously newbish post. Hahaha.

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    sure it is. in fact you can find entire army of cs graduates barely able to write a port of pong (in opposition to to kids coding while still in diapers). and most employers know that very well
    degree helps, but actual skills is what they really want and need

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    Quote Originally Posted by patryk View Post
    sure it is. in fact you can find entire army of cs graduates barely able to write a port of pong (in opposition to to kids coding while still in diapers). and most employers know that very well
    degree helps, but actual skills is what they really want and need
    Hm, where is the best place to start? Any good books, Youtube channels, ect?

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    it depends on what you want to learn and what you already know

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    I got a degree but even so I had to do a 3 month placement (which was partly paid by a scheme that give funding to graduates) so in one way I got into the business by having a degree but that really was a short window of opportunity while there was funding for such a scheme.

    Even after the placement I had lots to learn to be upto scratch with web developing so I worked part time for 6 months and studied every day that I was wasn't working.

    So essentially, as a graduate, I got my foot in the door but I needed that basic training even after completing a degree. My employer was not particular bothered by the degree but it at least allowed him to get someone in who they knew had dedicated themselves to something for years and he knew would stick it out during the training and after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patryk View Post
    it depends on what you want to learn and what you already know
    Didly **** actually. I'm just learning about what classes and objects are! In other words, I'm completely new to all of it. I'm planning on going to school either way but I figured I would get started. I have "head-first Java" and "Java for dummies". Both of them look like decent reads so I'm going through them both starting with the "for dummies" one. In your opinion, am I on a decent path?

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    well opinions about java are very divided.
    from my experiance it's not exactly language of choice.
    most serious programmers i know say it's a language you sometimes can get away using rather than a language you actually should use.
    but then again i don't know java too well. all i can tell you for sure is that i find idea of running your programs in VM somewhat inefficiet.

    i started with C.
    after that transition to most languages is a piece of cake. most of them were modelled after "the true language" as one of my friends calls C

    about "for dummies" books: they are ok. good place to start.
    but if i were you i would use free online resources, spending saved cash on second monitor to display manuals on

    don't be afraid to throw yourself into deep water. it usually gives best resoults
    oh and if i may suggest. use linux for learning. it usually comes with way better comunity support and many languages are supported out of box. plus you can do some damn cool stuff with it and that in terms gives you extra motivation

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    you can start with youtube, or w3 school

    also there are some courses which you can do for free from top university online and than get a certificate of completion from them/

    If your work is good than I dont think need of degree is necessary

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    In my opinion it depend on you that what you want to learn and what you know about these things.
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    I am fresser and I have done my 3 year degree in computer science. Please suggest me a job in computer sience.

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    It's Not compulsory to have any computer certificate or degree to start job, It's depend on your skills how much you know about core job requirements or how easily you understand current job skills, If you'll start as a fresher you'll get initial training and if you're able to understand all desire skills you'll be a winner.

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    without a degree you can always do a few freelance jobs and gradually build your own list of clients...having a degree though does makes things more merrier

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    Quote Originally Posted by john88 View Post
    without a degree you can always do a few freelance jobs and gradually build your own list of clients...having a degree though does makes things more merrier
    Yeah right. But company jobs also become available once you have skills. To start on your own without any CS degree it is recommended to have sound knowledge of languages. Start with C and C++ then go for JAVA or PHP or DOT Net to have your specialization.


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