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Sep 2017
danielwertz
@danielwertz
Sep 22 2017 22:19
Got a question for everyone. I got like 36 credits from college but I had to stop going due to a car crash that required surgery. my financial aid dropped me. this was about 5 years ago. I cant afford to finish my degree as I have a child and a wife now to care for. I have been learning html, css and some javascript... made a few websites as practice and beginning to move into some of the back end stuff.... idea is to move toward being a full stack developer but I have been searching around and seems like most people wont even look at your resume if you don't have a bachelors degree.. I'm I being unrealistic with my career goal or is this actually possible without a degree?
G7470
@G7470
Sep 22 2017 22:36
It is possible without a degree; however, you will need to have some knowledge and experience to back up the lack of degree. Certifications are a good alternative.
danielwertz
@danielwertz
Sep 22 2017 22:44
Yeah, I had a few friend tell me they would like a website for their business... my game plan was to make a few websites for friends then join a freelancing website like upwork for more experience. I will look into what certs i can get though
G7470
@G7470
Sep 22 2017 22:48
The certs help prove that you have the knowledge. Also, having a website of your own is also great to have as well as put on a resume. As someone who has been part of the hiring process, if there's a website on it, I'll take a look at it to see a portfolio.
danielwertz
@danielwertz
Sep 22 2017 22:52
That's really encouraging. Is there any Certs you can recommend? I plan on getting a domain here soon to get my site up. when I do ill submit the link here for you all to pick apart and see if you have any suggestions
G7470
@G7470
Sep 22 2017 22:56
It really depends on your focus and interests. There really isn't one cert that will catch an employer's eye. It's having any at all that causes interest and intrigue with employers. I would stick to what you'd like to concentrate on.
danielwertz
@danielwertz
Sep 22 2017 23:00
sounds good, Ill look around for some. thanks for the advice
Garrett
@Garredow_twitter
Sep 22 2017 23:26
You definitely don't need a degree to get a developer job. Skills and a decent portfolio are enough to at least get your foot in the door.