When personal computers were in their corporate infancy, companies hired their computer technicians based on the sole criterion of being able to fix a computer. In the two decades since major companies did their computer rollouts, that criterion has changed.
Now, it seems that every classified ad has the basic requirements of a college degree, multiple years of experience, or both. Even the most basic entry-level position generally requires a minimum of the A+ certification.
Those who are currently in the field of technology, yet don’t hold a degree, are finding their advancement put on hold, and in some cases, are the first fodder eliminated during recent and seemingly constant lay-offs at major companies.
So why should you get a degree in computers? Having a sheepskin that says that you have studied computer theory distinguishes you from all the other applicants for the job that is rightfully yours. Those who have a resume full of experiences, yet no degree, still cannot compare to that single line in yours that reads, “B.S. in Information Technology”.
A degree signifies that despite a depth of hands-on experience, you have been exposed to an extremely wide range of technologies, and that you have learned how these disparate technologies work together.
Most importantly, a college degree shows that you have learned how to think and thereby proactively avoid problems, rather than simply reacting to situations and playing the role of firefighter.
If you are planning a future in the field of technology, the first stop should be your degree.