Do I need to go to college to be successful?

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I know it varies per career I want to be a Computer Software Engineer, but I don t want to spend 4 years doing things I probably already know. I m 19, I m been addicted to computers ever since I was a kid. I can build, and disassemble them in no time, I still need to learn how to code or program, but can t I

I know it varies per career I want to be a Computer Software Engineer, but I don t want to spend 4 years doing things I probably already know. I m 19, I m been addicted to computers ever since I was a kid. I can build, and disassemble them in no time, I still need to learn how to code or program, but can t I just buy books for that? And learn a few Programming Languages by myself? I wouldn t only be saving a whole lot of tuition money but also keeping myself from being in debt for the next 2 decades.

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Dorian:
I'm actually in the IT field. 4 year school 'might' help, it might not. You always hear about getting a good job.. you never loose an education once you've earned it.. IT is just a whole different thing than most other careers. Similar to being a construction worker I suppose. You have to understand basics of course, but your track record in the field is what actually matters. In honesty getting education for IT is a gamble with a tremendous price that still might not pay itself back after 15 years if it all works well. As far as advancing your career I think you would get a much lower – yes, lower, starting job out of school than simply self taught and field-educated. I have seen situations where an education is written a your resume may get a foot in the door at a large corporation down the line once you already have some years of experience. Still, that's an imaginative stretch and only applies to big name companies not exactly technology focused because (forgive me) they don't know any better. I could share specific examples about my colleagues who did choose the formal education route, Programming, Computer Science, etc but they are all so-so or negative. Many are actually strongly against it for financial reasons now and the simple fact that they really didn't learn anything valuable or the relevant things being taught they already knew or were able to get down quickly while the long course just dragged on wasting time. I'm not against education completely but again IT is not typical. Now if you are ever interested in running your own shop, an MBA with a side of MIS would be excellent but still I think it's best to get out in the field with experience and then get the formal education for business after. Totally I suggest you seek out some other IT folks and get direct feedback on this before you decide.
Smokies Hiker:
It doesn't matter if you can learn the "trade" yourself, no company would hire you when they can hire an individual who spent two to four years in college to earn a degree that establishes them as being knowledgeable their chosen field. Would you use a doctor or lawyer that told you they were "self taught" and could handle your problems? I wouldn't either! These days when it seems as though everyone goes to college, that gives the employers a huge field of graduates to choose from. The more popular the college is with employers, the more graduates from that school there are for the hiring pool. If you don't happen to have a college degree, no matter how good you are, you're stuck at the bottom of their list. Of course if you are the friend of a friend who runs such a company, you just may get hired, but probably for far less money than a larger firm.
dallenmarket:
Of course, you can self teach yourself everything you need to know, but you had better be ready to start your own company as no one will hire you because you "say" you know how to do things. If a job requires BS in Computer Sciences, then that is the first thing they will look for. They are not going to let you waltz in and take a test" for them. there is also more to getting a degree than learning a specific discipline. There are other related (and non-related) courses that are designed to make a well rounded person, able to communicate and work with others.

As far as it being useless as a learning tool, I would have to agree to a point, but most who have college debts and complain about them have taken the "easy courses" so that they didn't have to "work hard" and have studies interfere with partying! The first thing you need to know about education is that you need to decide what YOU want to do and then look around to see if you can make the income you want from it.

Don't look at someone's income if they have been in the industry for many years and expect to match them. A college degree these days is almost the same as taking a minimum wage job in that you have zero experience and it is the experience that gets paid the big bucks.

Some industries pay well for technicians, who know how to put things together and make them work, while the engineers design what the technicians will actually construct and test. Techs usually do not need college degrees, but rather take technical courses and gain "certificates". My Certificate from Apple as a repair tech is more valuable in today's job market than my M.S. in E.E. Years ago, my E.E.degree opened many doors, but the high tech end collapsed long ago and today it is more fine tuning for better performance than outright designing of projects. most of the old projects were government funded research and practical application use, but those contracts were limited length and most are dead ended now.

IE: Some of my power system designs went into space with the Voyagers as NEW technological developments, but now, they are considered "off the shelf" hardware and engineering isn't needed except to make them fit into the proper spaces!

Hannah Duncan:
Technically yes you can learn it yourself if you would like, and try to do free-lance coding and try to work your way up from there. The reason a degree would be helpful is it will get you into better jobs, making more money much faster. As well as helping you get a job with a company so you wont have to worry about where your next paycheck comes from. But if that doesn't bother you, you can look into learning the coding languages yourself and try Free-lancing it.
heitan:
I do not think so, but work hard after taking basic education , higher secondary certificate is important to me 🙂
Mackenzie:
no, college is useless nowadays, just a way to scam kids and get them into debt,
justme:
You can learn by yourself without going to college, but it would be harder (but not impossible) to get a job without that piece of paper.
hamilton:
I do not think so, but work hard after taking basic education , higher secondary certificate is important to me 🙂
Isaac:
no, college is useless nowadays, just a way to scam kids and get them into debt,
Soft:
I do not think so, but work hard after taking basic education , higher secondary certificate is important to me 🙂

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