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I'd add that I'm a high school drop-out who is now doing well at a name brand software company. My 20 year journey to where I am now was definitely more challenging due to my lack of degree. But it was possible since someone took a risk with me and I was able to demonstrate programming smarts beyond those of my college graduate peers.
Like acquiring a credit history in the U.S., each subsequent job built on the accomplishments of the last which enabled me to move up to a better company and better job with each move. But as the previous post mentioned, if you don't have social skills that allow you to honestly sell yourself and position yourself equally or better than your peers, take a deep breath and get that degree.
And to the other replies that suggest IT is a dumping ground, it's not. It's - thankfully - a place where lives are generally not at risk (a bad piece of code is rarely as dangerous as a bad weld in a gas line, or a slip up during surgery) and where the brain power needed to code doesn't necessarily spawn from the smarts learned from a degree. In fact, there are some who could argue that self-taught coding is often far more ingenious.
As one whoâ(TM)s now involved in the hiring process at my company, I look for those unique individuals who not only think, but also code differently than the masses of college-trained folks. Is it a personal bias based on my history? Perhaps. But the results have proven to be exceptionally fruitful for my team and my company's needs.
If you can set your ego aside and dispassionately compare your social and coding skills against your peers and find you have a real leg up on the competition, go for it. Otherwise, get that degree. Iâ(TM)ll also say that the world of IT has changed to favor those with degrees far more than when I joined my company 15 years ago. When compared with todayâ(TM)s slew of college graduates from all over the world, my company probably wouldnâ(TM)t even give me a second glance.
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Consumerist.com makes a living out of giving internet-sized visibility to bad customer experiences. The result? The offending company usually learns a lesson and the customer often gets respectful treatment and accommodations. The customer just harnessed that same power and contacts to get increased visibility. Sure, he probably could have been less aggressive. But from the Kyle Orland interview, it doesn't seem like Paul Christoforo learned anything at all.
Hell hath no fury like a customer scorned (at least on the internet).
Violate this rule at your own peril, Mr. Christoforo.
Since the the self-destruct mechanism wasn't thought of (!) or used, we need to blow it up ASAP wherever they move it to. We can't care about how much of an 'incident' a stealth demo job might cause in the international community. We need to pull our pants back up and punch the country we were spying on in the face for everyone to see. It's the only thing middle eastern folk respect.
While you're outfitting these classrooms with new technology, can you drop the mandatory year of cursive writing, please?