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Discussion on: To be a software engineer or developer, do you still need a degree?

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Paula Santamaría

In my experience, you don't need a degree to get a job as a developer. I've been working for 7 years on IT without a degree.
That being said, I'm still going to University 3 nights a week to get my degree. Why? Because of 2 main reasons:

1- To get out of my comfort zone: I know I can learn almost anything I want from the Internet, but I also know sometimes it's important to learn things that I'm not so interested in. E.g.: I don't really love Telecommunications but learning about it helped me understand some things better, which makes me a better professional in the end. I'd have never study that by my own, tbh.

2- To meet other professionals on IT: Something I love about University is that you can meet a lot of IT people with completely different backgrounds. I found that learning about other people's jobs can be extremely enriching.

Whenever I feel exhausted because of University I ask myself "is it worth it?" and I always come up with the same 2 reasons.

Anyway, that's why I'm not quitting :)