Is a College Degree Needed to be a Great Software Developer?: Page 2

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Where someone’s college experience belongs in the weighted ranking is up for debate. I just always find myself curious to know where someone went to school. I can’t help it.

And I’ve talked to other managers who do the same thing – who all happen to have not just undergraduate degrees, but advanced degrees.

Why is this? Maybe, it’s because we are looking for people to work with that are more like ourselves, who share similar backgrounds. Perhaps we believe that because we have been successful following the path of formal education, it’s more certain that others will as well.

If someone completed a college degree, they have proven one thing. They have a hunger and ability to learn. And not just about case statements and arrays.

By completing a degree, they’ve also had exposure to other disciplines like history, art, literature, etc. I lean toward college graduates because their broad and diverse background can inspire creative solutions that those who don’t have that same education cannot.

Does this result in non-degreed candidates being unfairly culled out of the resume pile? Is it a form of discrimination against those with lesser education?

I really don’t have all the answers here. I’m likely to continue to include “college degree required” when submitting job positions to human resources. It just feels safer.

This does mean that in the future, developers like Danny – one of the best developers I ever worked with – wouldn’t even make the resume pile that HR forwards to me because he has no degree.

That is – plain and simple – my loss and someone else's gain.

ALSO SEE: Where's Your Coding Happy Place?

AND: My Three Worst Experiences in Software Development

Eric Spiegel is CEO and co-founder of XTS, which provides software for planning, managing and auditing Citrix and other virtualization platforms.

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