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Re: [OT] About Computer Careers

On Wed, 11 Jul 2007, Margarita Manterola wrote:
> Well, they are currently very much focused in end-user apps, and that
> ends up in a problem because everyone is specialized in that. I think
> that the IT field has expanded enough to justify more than just
> "Programmer" or "Computer Science" degrees.

From my (limited, US centric) experience, degrees are pretty much how
you get past initial HR screening; no one actually pays much attention
to it when you actually get to interview stages or the experienced
based portion of hiring.

What's far more important is documented experience in whatever field
you're applying for jobs; publicly available code and name recognition
is extremely useful too.

[In academia, it's even stranger, because it's entirely experience
based; everyone has a PhD in something from somewhere accredited.
Where, what, and how much you've published is what matters.]

Don Armstrong

"There's no problem so large it can't be solved by killing the user
off, deleting their files, closing their account and reporting their
REAL earnings to the IRS."
 -- The B.O.F.H..

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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