Do self-taught devs have lower chances of getting a job?
I think SLC gave the skinny on this topic already..

You should have something on your resume that puts you apart and in a better light than other prospective interviewees. Now if you are competing with people who have certificates from institutions then you already lack one thing they have. You should better be able to show something to prove yourself worthier. Now the problem is how do you get those experiences for that bling bling resume Laugh

The only way that may possibly work everywhere might be doing your own thing. Find it and do it and do it the best you can.

Dont ask me how to find time for that and also support yourself during that phase. Tongueout

GO TO America may be. But you are Trumped Tongueout
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(2018-01-03, 11:41:10 pm)rudra Wrote: GO TO America may be. But you are Trumped Tongueout

Trumped ?
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(2018-01-03, 10:51:26 pm)tiwil Wrote: My country do Laugh, but ya, as long as he can do the expected level, it's good for him. After all, with college degree, it's more easier to get a work.

That's a good point, but I don't know whether you've noticed how many people are getting IT degrees these days.  Like there has to be many more people getting IT degrees than jobs are created for.  So I guess while one is studying for an IT degree one has to make sure that the courses that are selected are going to open doors for you after the IT degree has been completed or at least create a basis for specializing in a niche field.  Also one should use every opportunity during the degree to do projects that exposes a person to prospective employers and maybe see whether one can get summer jobs with them.  This is a good way to find out what one is interested in, to get experience in what one is interested in, and to identify possible employers one wants to work for.  Waiting until the degree is completed may be too late - it should be an ongoing process from the time one has started the IT degree - not after it has been completed.

Otherwise there is always the possibility of working for oneself - although that's slightly more challenging.  I've come across many self-taught IT people in the Forums who are working for themselves building Websites or programming.
(2018-01-09, 4:10:11 am)Super Wrote: Trumped ?

Referring to the current president cheese puff.
I agree with @deanhills, basically when we're going to get a IT degree, we should look at the company, which one is opening their registration, try to apply and maybe say to them that you will be start work there after you finished your college.

It seems like, if you want to be a pilot in my country, when you're in flying school, go search an airline that open their registration. So, after you finished your study, you already have know where you should work.

But afterall, if you want to be a self-taught, go build something that usefull for you and your company, or go to be a freelancers.
(2017-12-30, 12:40:26 am)Super Wrote: I am working hard to be a Web Dev, but being self-taught makes me doubtful for getting a job in the future.

Listen most of the modern web-dev's are self taught. There are so many new frameworks and languages coming out no University is able to keep up with the rapid pace of web techonology. So remember you are not alone.

The thing that might make it hard for you is that you may be competing with other people who have a strong fundamental background in CS. Like knowledge about algorithms and data structures and all.

If you want to get a good knowledge about fundamental concepts in CS I would recommend that you start doing competitive programming on websites like CodeChef, Codeforces, HackerEarth, etc.

One of the best resources for this I have found on the web:

If you become real good in this then companies directly recruit people from these websites. Like if you consistently come in the top 10 in the competitions you have a good chance of directly being approached by a company.

Also keep a well updated and maintained LinkedIn profile highlight your projects there, everybody can be a web-developer its easy but its really difficult to be a web engineer. If you want to just make and design websites using existing frameworks I would recommend you stick with freelancing cause that s-it does not pay enough to keep food on the table.

So Basically, If you want a job STEP UP YOUR GAME.
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In my country if you don't have a title then it is a little difficult to find jobs but almost all of the devs that I know are self-taught and that is because they learn something when they studied but now they want to learn new things but the title is the big gap here. Keep it up if you really love what you are learning
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