DEV Community

loading...

Discussion on: How I Became a Professional Developer and Built My Dream Career with No Formal Education and No Professional Experience

Collapse
dougaws profile image
Doug

Constant growth is orthogonal to a college degree, although you do get to learn what orthogonal means in college (it's a joke people!).

The danger in these "This is how I became successful" diatribes is the implicit bias that said path is "the one true way". What might have worked for you might not work for others. The secret of a self-directed path is ... self motivation. Without that, you'll rarely be successful on any path.

Collapse
kenrogers profile image
Ken Rogers Author

The fact that what works for one person may not work for another is the exact reason these "diatribes" exist. When something like getting a college degree is almost universally accepted to be a better choice than not getting a degree, I think it's important to highlight the fact that there are other ways and getting a degree may not be a good decision for a lot of people.

You bring up a good point though about potentially coming across as thinking everyone should do what I did, so I amended my post to reflect that that is not my intention and that this is only one of many potential paths to success.

Collapse
dougaws profile image
Doug

The demand for technical talent has made many companies re-think their bias toward only hiring college grads. Besides, once one has been working in the field for more than a few years, where you got your chops doesn't matter nearly as much as whether you've kept up.

Good read, thanks.