Value of eduction
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.