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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 34. Do you need a degree or can you “wing it?”

Long has the debate raged on among software developers about the value of a college degree. Can a software developer succeed in their career, in life, without a degree, or are they doomed to walk the earth ever searching, but never finding...work?

In this chapter, we’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing higher education. I’ll also give you some tips for succeeding even if the roads in life didn’t lead you to academia.

Do you need a degree to succeed?

I’m sure you know this is a very charged question. If you asked someone who has a degree they are likely to say “yes.” Ask someone who doesn’t have one, and you’ll most likely get a “no”—unless they happen to be unemployed ...

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