(POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

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Poll: Are you working in a Programming Related job,with or without a Bachelor's? (24 member(s) have cast votes)

Working with or without a Bachelor's

  1. I'm Working WITHOUT a Bachelor's (10 votes [41.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  2. I'm Working WITH a Bachelor's (7 votes [29.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.17%

  3. I got a Bachelor's,But i'm not working in a programming related job (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  4. Still in the Self teaching process (7 votes [29.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 29.17%

  5. I'm working with a Microsoft Certificate (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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(POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:26 PM

I'm teaching my self C++ and going full steam ahead in the right path.

But i ask my self what chance i got of getting a job without a Bachelor's or just with some Microsoft Certifications.

I know a Bachelor's is a plus but here where i live (PuertoRico),Education is pretty screwed up.

With 23 Holidays a year and if a hurricane strikes,is 23days + 1 or 2 weaks more without school,That's kind of a lot.

I want to know if people are working without a Bachelor's,I already contacted some peeps at Microsoft and they gave me some encouraging but i want to know what you guys think.

Regards...

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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 24 November 2008 - 08:29 PM

Even though your base for this poll is C/C++, this is for of a professional question, so I'm going to move this to the Corner Cubicle.
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 07:29 AM

Just a note: I can't vote. I think it's because it's two polls and I don't want to have to do one of the options for without a bachelors as that would skew the results.

I actually am working with my bachelors. I got it in 2 years by taking 40 hours of class a week without any vacations. Unfortunately, I was still denied a job at a company that shall remain nameless, solely for the reason that I did not go to school for 4 years. A BS and over a year of experience in the industry, too. Oh well, their loss, right? Considering that everyone I interviewed with really enjoyed me and that I got through the entire interviewing process on my technical merits.
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:02 AM

Thats disheartening, I'm going to finish mine in 3.

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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 11:07 AM

Can not take poll.

I am working without a bachelor's, but in the process of getting it. I should have it in less than 2 years if everything goes well!
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:32 PM

Admin Edit:

Modified poll so that users can select a choice without requiring more than one selection.
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 12:37 PM

I hold a Masters degree in CS. No option here, however.
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 25 November 2008 - 02:45 PM

I already have a bachelors degree in Communication Studies from the U of Iowa. Useful for 99% of the fields out there. Except computers.

So...my wife is a professor for a local college and because of that I get free tuition (30k+ per year...for free :D) and it will take me two years total to get ANOTHER bachelors degree, this time Business W/ MIS focus as well as a minor in CS. They did transfer all of my credits from Iowa, so I really didn't (don't)have to do any other 'general education' credits. Will be finishing in May 09 and I've got a job lined up from an internship I had over the summer.

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Posted 25 November 2008 - 02:50 PM

That's good news. Gen ed. is boring. [However, useful]
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 29 November 2008 - 09:43 AM

Studied using internet resources for a year, nothing else.

[Really crappy IT grades... Crap teachers at school saying I'd get As and I got Ds]

So grades weren't in the equation.

Never been to uni, don't plan on going. Went to college for a term and dropped out because the teachers were never in, and when they were, they just told us to play games anyway.

Built a portfolio on SourceForge, and linked to my snippets/tutorials here in my covering letter.



After about 6 weeks of non-stop searching for a job in IT, I got a job developing database software in FoxPro.

Granted it's not the most interesting of languages, but it's a start. Once you've got the commercial experience, others are interested.
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Posted 06 December 2008 - 10:29 PM

I answered WITH a Bachelor's, but it happens to be in a completely unrelated field (in which I've never actually worked).
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:04 PM

Have a bachelors in a traditionally computer phobic technical field (Mechanical Engineering), work in a programming intensive, but off the beaten path, corner of that field (signal processing),

So do I use my BS for programming? Yes, but only because I happen to fall into a weird intersection set.
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:06 PM

I have what's considered a bachelor's equivalent certificate.. Whatever that means.. It worked though. :)
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Posted 08 December 2008 - 03:52 PM

That sounds interesting. What's it called?
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Re: (POLL)Working with or Without Bachelor's

Posted 08 December 2008 - 04:30 PM

A degree is like a club pass, it gets you in the door. Hopefully it also prepares you somewhat for when you get there, but who knows.

I have a degree in English Lit ( BA or BS, I honestly forget, Lib Arts can choose ). Got a minor in CompSci. My first job was boy friday. That is, office bitch for a consulting company. Eventually I got a job as a programmer. No one even asked if I had a degree. Experience beats class time, every time.
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