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Should I get another degree or try out the workforce?

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Hey guys,

Here's my situation:

I graduated with an MIS degree from a prestigious university. Honestly I did not apply myself for the first three years and, as a result, am not well versed in programming. I did get a good business background.

I am most interested in some type of software development but do not have anywhere close to the technical skills for an entry position. I own a small business and know what it's like to hire someone who says they know what they are doing and then they don't. It's extremely frustrating. I don't want to do this to a future employer. I'd prefer to be well-versed in programming.

There is an excellent technical college here which offers a 3-year computer science degree and covers most of the programming languages. They boast a 90% job placement rate.

My options seem to be:

1) test out the workforce while self-teaching myself programming
2) get the technical degree

Any advice from you guys who have experience with hiring, or your own path in your career would be a huge help!

Jul 15 '13 #1
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If you want to be a software developer I would recommend getting the necessary training before getting a job in the industry.

The computer science degrees will teach you concepts that can be carried across many software development languages and will help you to understand what needs to be done to solve problems.

Jul 15 '13 #2

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