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Posted 12/5/15
Having an associates is worth it so get that. However if you are in the IT field personal experience is the most important. If you can learn everything on your own over the internet then you will be fine without a bachelors but if you are bad at learning, go for the bachelors it might help you learn better.
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I feel the way countries are setup, especially America, is that you need to have a degree. Not only for more opportunities but also to be taken more seriously. Also I believe college is a place where you can grow as a person and sharpen your mind. It is one of the best places to obtain vast amount of knowledge and skills for cheap.
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I think college is worth it. I had a good time in college. In fact, I liked it so much I'm going back for a second degree. Although, that's because I decided I didn't want to do the thing I originally went to college for.... BUT, even so I learned a lot in college, not just academics but like real-life skills too and it's all been worth it.

I don't know anything about programming so I can't weigh in on that, but psychology and psychiatry are great fields. Maybe not the most job growth, but you have options with them and once you get a job you should have plenty of money and be able to pay off loans. However, they are anything but easy or cheap since to get a decent job in either one you usually need to have a masters degree or higher, for psychiatry specifically you have to get a medical degree sooooo yeah. Expensive and very intense course work. But most people in those fields love what they do so if you really want it, go for it.
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Currently a student and will be getting my associates degree in the fall. Sometimes I wonder if it's worth getting a bachelors. But I suppose it's better to have a degree than none at all.
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Yes.

I personally really love computer engineering because it's so innovative. Even today and tomorrow I'll have spent at least 20 hours in the lab trying to get our project to work. I love the environment more than anything. Sure it's hard work and stressful, but the finished product is fuckin' worth. The people are even better though. I'm among my fellow nerds.

It's important you go into something you enjoy though. There's no point to making money if it makes you miserable to do so. There's a healthy balance of finding something you enjoy and making adequate money. You don't have to be wealthy.

I also went to a community college and then transferred because of the costs associated with going to a university. It was a brilliant decision to make, and I'm very satisfied with my choice. Anything in STEM will use a fair amount of math. I love math so it works out for me, fortunately. Computer programming still has a fair use of mathematics though, so you might not want to go into that if you don't enjoy Computer Science. Now is the best time to switch majors.

You'll pretty much need a degree for just about anything these days though...just avoid the degrees that don't pay themselves off. You'll find something for yah.




GotenLoooovesCorn wrote:

Pretty much took that route exactly and I can tell you for sure that you need to take those computer programming classes ASAP. I took them while at my community college and after 2 semesters you know exactly what you're in for. I ended up giving up on that career because I absolutely do not enjoy the idea of programming endlessly. Its definitely a career people are into for the money, there isn't much in terms of enjoyment in the field. If you're in it for the money it's a great field, but if you're looking for a career you enjoy everyday get a feel for it out now before you might feel like you get forced to work in the field because of how much time you put into college.


Some of us losers get an orgasm over a blinking light and working software. I fucking love what I do actually, lol. You'd be surprised.



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Posted 12/5/15
In some cases it would be wise to get a degree but there are times when a degree isn't needed.
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PrinceJudar wrote:
Some of us losers get an orgasm over a blinking light and working software. I fucking love what I do actually, lol. You'd be surprised.


I know, I originally wanted to get into the field because of my seemingly life-long fascination with AI. I was a little disappointed when I found out the design process of what seemed to be intelligence though. I'm more intrigued by advancements in the computer science field than what's already out there.
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While that is true, many places won't give you an internship to help build experience unless you prove you have some knowledge in the specified field: i.e. enrollment in a trade school or college.
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If you have the means, there is no reason you should NOT go and get a degree. These days it's hard enough to get a job you can support yourself on with one, let alone without one.

I got my degree and was initially disheartened because I couldn't find a job and had never been able to land an internship, but I kept trying and, it took a few months, but I eventually managed to land an awesome job. It's not my dream job, sure, but it's something and I like it well enough.

You just gotta keep trying and don't be afraid to ask for advice.
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One thing I've heard from most of my bosses: degrees - especially 4-year ones - do not mean shit if you don't have experience to back it up. I dropped out of college and started working to enhance my skill set, and that's why I've been picked over college grads. I have a LOT of friends who went to good schools, got bachelor's degrees, and ended up working in minimum wage jobs because they fell into the pit of overeducation and inexperience. Like me, they grew up hearing that all you had to do to get a good job was go to college.

HOWEVER, I do believe college is great for some people. If I could go back, I would attend a community college to get an associate's in marketing and get formally certified in Adobe CC, Google Adwords, etc. There are a lot of great community colleges out there that actually give you skills that you need instead of feeding you with a bunch of liberal arts bullshit. I was an English major for a long time, and it didn't pay off in the slightest.

I say finish your associate's degree and start looking for related work now. It'll be harder to do it later, trust me. Also, network as much as you can. Even if you're not going into something completely social or business-oriented, who you know will become important when you're looking for full-time work.
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Posted 12/14/15
I know quite a few rich people, and some not so rich but doing very well. I would have to say finishing college if you wish to make money is a big YES. Even if you go into a field where your college degree doesn't apply, a lot of employers want someone who finished college because it shows that you have drive, maturity, and that you finish what you start.

If I could do it over again I would of finished college, but once you get older and have kids and stuff it's harder to do. So do it now.

Best wishes
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