Value of educ­tion

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Do you think hav­ing a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion helps you once you’re in the in­dus­try? As a grad­u­ate of 2014 I feel not. Alex Marsh BS: Given the choice be­tween two can­di­dates, one who is for­mally trained and one who is self-taught, both with zero ex­pe­ri­ence, I ad­vise my clients to call the for­mally trained one first. If some­one has a good the­o­ret­i­cal base, then it’s eas­ier to teach them how to ap­ply that the­ory to prob­lems in the real world. When some­one has been build­ing lit­tle projects in boot­camps

and fol­low­ing online tu­to­ri­als, it’s harder to teach them how to ab­stract that ex­pe­ri­ence into knowl­edge that can be ap­plied to new or big­ger prob­lems.

Once ex­pe­ri­ence comes into play though, for­mal ed­u­ca­tion be­comes less and less of a de­cid­ing fac­tor. If you want to be at the front of the queue for an in­ter­view at any com­pany, your goal should be to demon­strate that you have suc­cess­fully solved the kinds of prob­lems that com­pany is likely to face. If you can do that, lit­tle else mat­ters. So, does a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion help? Ab­so­lutely. Do you re­ally need one to make it in this busi­ness? Ab­so­lutely not.

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