At 3/29/08 04:45 PM, Coolio-Niato wrote:
Ugh, anyone taking university just for the sake of it?
You can be just fine without university/college (depending on your country of origin), but it takes more work. Like if you have the skills necessary then you can make your own business without having to go to university, but running a business is tough. If you're in the right field, then having skills can get you a job even if you don't have a degree.
But at least for my field (console game programming), companies want to see experience before they hire you. However, that puts you in a loop, cause you need experience to get a job but you need a job to get experience. That's why there's entry level jobs where they'll hire you if you have a degree. A degree is sort of a proof that you know what your doing, cause companies don't want to test every single applicant for the job.
In a highly competitive industry, that degree will elevate you above people without the degree. If company A has to choose between person A and B, who have the exact same skills and knowledge and experience (none), but A has a degree and B doesn't, they'll choose A.
When looking for a job, companies don't want someone who can't finish a task, so seeing a dropout record for schooling is a bad thing, even if you have the right skills. That degree you earn is a sign that you can finish what you start, even if it takes years (kind of similar to why being an Eagle Scout helps for job and college applications).
Then again though, if you're starting your own business, and don't think that you need to learn anything else to do so, go ahead.
Also, if I so chose, I could make a living off of flash and drop out of school right now, but I won't, because I like learning and would rather program console games. At least I have a backup plan.