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Would an employer rather take someone with a college degree or someone who's never been to school, but studied?

Let's say you want to be a programmer, and you never graduated college, but you studied C++, Javascript, Visual Basic, and SQL, through reading a lot of books, and practicing for a couple of years. Should you still find a job? Would an employer still take someone who's been through years of independent study as well as someone who came out with a bachelor's degree?

Asked By: BlueLucario - 2/4/2011
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The first person might be able to get a job as long as they know what they are doing and can convince the hiring manager that they are the guy/girl for that position. It's worth saying that they most likely won't be getting paid as much as the person with the college degree... More
Answered By: Phil - 2/4/2011
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It's not a great option, but it's better than nothing. It'll be hard to get past HR though - they'll often look for credentials as a shortcut, and cut people arbitrarily based on degree... More
Answered By: Michael Jones - 2/4/2011
 
If you're self-taught in programming, you "don't know what you don't know... More
Answered By: PE2008 - 2/4/2011
 
Put in your resume. You are willing to demonstrate your skills. Many employers look for this. Also a willingness to keep developing skills. Personal experience. I have High School when I started this job. In 1970. Today they wish a Master degree to talk to you. But how the job has changed. I seen many who became... More
Answered By: jamesbergen50 - 2/4/2011
 
Depends on the company. At one time (and for all I know, still) Caterpillar Tractor would not even look at a resume for an IT position unless the candidate had at least a BS degree. I had applied to them with the equivalent of an AS + 1 year and 20 years experience and still couldn't get past the requirement... More
Answered By: TheMadProfessor - 2/4/2011
 
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