In the Breaking into Tech series of posts I will weigh the pros and cons of the three basic means of preparing yourself for a career in tech: certification, formal education, and experience. For each category I’ll give separate advice for those seeking a corporate career versus those seeking to start their own computer business. Drawing from my own experiences, as well as my observations of other successful people, I hope to give a realistic look at what it takes to break into tech.
You’ve just graduated high school and the whole world is at your doorstep. You have unlimited options open to you, yet you will most likely end up going into huge debt to earn a degree you’re not sure you’re even interested in that will probably never match the career you end up pursuing afterward. Welcome to the formal education system.
Earning a degree is the least focused, most expensive, and most time consuming of the three categories I’ll be covering in this series. That may sound a little harsh, but hear me out. I’m going to explain why college degrees can be a dangerous trap for those in IT, especially those looking to start their own business.