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Hello everyone, I would really like some good feedback about my current university situation. I just turned 22, I attend university online and am going to school for a Bachelors in Computer Science, Software Development. I currently have 22 CU's (credits) complete and have 88 CU's to go. I want to take you back 5 years now to when I first got into the field... I first got into IT and the computer field at 17, when I got my first internship at a Software Dev firm in high school. I then was promoted and was a contractor, then an employee by 18 when I graduated. I got to this point by studying online, using CodeCademy, TeamTreeHouse, YouTube and many other tools to learn what I needed to know. I then began my own business, making sites for personal clients... Keep in mind, this was all before I started college. I now actually work as a Network Engineer at another Social Marketing firm and my progress here has slowed since I spend time on college and can't get certificates and focus on job-focused skills. Since starting college, I am working on a bunch of pre-requisite classes that have really been slowing down my certificates and learning progress in my field... I am considering pausing university and returning to alternative education where I can learn and excel at a quicker rate. Since beginning at the university, I feel like my progress has slowed and I am not excelling. I am not as passionate about my learning and want to return to certificates and alternative education that's not at a university, what are your opinions?
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So, if I am understanding you correctly, you're at uni doing Computer Science, Software Dev. Currently working as a network engineer.

My main question would be, do you want to progress as a network engineer or as a software dev, they are fairly different areas of study with only minimal overlap.

My personal experience is, while my Computer Science degree helped my understanding and get my foot in the door. My on the job knowledge and my certifications gained by working has been fair more valuable to me than my degree. Employers love to see degrees, however certifications in your area are much more impressive and make you more employable to companies.
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Kyle93 wroteSo, if I am understanding you correctly, you're at uni doing Computer Science, Software Dev. Currently working as a network engineer.

My main question would be, do you want to progress as a network engineer or as a software dev, they are fairly different areas of study with only minimal overlap.

My personal experience is, while my Computer Science degree helped my understanding and get my foot in the door. My on the job knowledge and my certifications gained by working has been fair more valuable to me than my degree. Employers love to see degrees, however certifications in your area are much more impressive and make you more employable to companies.


Kyle,

So I started more in the Software Dev field and have transitioned more towards networking, cloud computing, and infrastructure but still have a broad base of knowledge in the dev field. I also, currently am our G Suite Administrator and am working on securing two certificates from Google and GCP at this time. If I move away from university for now, I would be focusing more in a specific top. More than likely, I would be more of a full stack dev and focus on my AWS/GCP certs. I have spoken with many professionals with and without degrees, who say certifications make us much more hirable due to the focused expertise and the fact that many of us with certs, have many. Currently, I received the CIW Site Development Associate and receive the AWS Technical Accreditation a few years back. I also have a full portfolio and resumes that I send to companies and clients when inquiring about work. I believe after I nail down about 6 more months of dedicated learning and certifications, I will be vastly more employable than spending another two years to get my degree and have $15,000 in debt.... I don't know.. THoughts?
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