Do You Need A Degree To Work On Computers?

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computer repairA lot of people assume that they need a degree to start an IT career.

While there is nothing wrong with that theory, the fact is that you could work on computers without any formal training.

College does wonders for a lot of professions, but it doesn’t always suit technology careers.

As surprising as it sounds, you may be able to do more just studying on your own. Here is a look at the good and bad side of getting a computer degree so you can determine if one is right for you.

Reasons to Get a Degree

The main benefit that comes from getting a degree is the fact that people know that you’ve been formally trained. You don’t have to go through the hassle of explaining yourself. You can just say, “Hey, I have a master’s. Trust me.” With this in mind, you are still going to have to get certified to officially work on computers.

You can do that without going to college. If you want as much security as possible in finding a job, a degree is right for you. Otherwise, you might be able to bypass that completely.

Reasons to Learn on Your Own

The main reason why I’m not an advocate of IT degrees in college is because of how much technology changes – especially with computers. I have a friend that spent two years going to school for a networking degree, but his degree was based on Windows XP.

All of the information he learned is useless in a post Windows Vista world. You are going to have to continue your education all the time if you want to stay on top of your game. Why not start there in the first place?

Of course, going to college will give you a formal curriculum to follow. Rather than learning whatever, whenever, you will learn information in a logical sequence. To get around paying for college though, I simply get a degree sheet for a school I want to attend and follow the courses in order.

Some schools will even give you the names of the books used in the classes, so you can just go buy them on your own. Then you can make up your own degree program.

Conclusion

To be trusted to work on computers, you need to get certified. How you study for your certification is up to you. There is nothing wrong with skipping college if it just doesn’t work for you. Keep that in mind before the tuition bills pile up.

About the Author: Adam Goldberg manages an HR department for an IT firm. He looks for recruits that have experience and certification. He works closely with Technology Solutions of Utah.

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