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

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Matthew Cory

I don't have a degree, and I've done pretty well for myself. BUT I would still recommend it. For one, there's a lot of basics I missed out on - stuff I didn't know I didn't know until I'd been in the industry for a while. It's arguable whether it would've been much benefit since it obviously never came up, but maybe I could've solved some problem easier if I'd recognized it as a graph problem (or whatever).

Aside from that, I've had bosses on a couple of occasions explicitly tell me "you're doing great, the only reason we aren't going to give you a raise is you don't have a degree." Thankfully not very often, but it's still a thing.

The degree just makes things easier though, but it's definitely not a requirement for a career.