CS Degree! Is it Worth It?


I graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors in Computer Science degree. I did not attended my graduation because I did not care much for the university or the things I have learned in the university. To be really honest, I had to unlearn a lot of stuff when I graduated.

The only reason I attended university was because I had to. This was the only way to retain legal status in United States. I feel like I spent a lot of time paying high tuition fees and getting nothing in return. I never understood the whole concept of taking courses which were not tied to my degree. Courses like the following:

  • English 1
  • English 2
  • Government 1
  • Government 2
  • History 1
  • History 2
  • Art History
  • Geology
  • Astronomy
  • Arabic

These courses made the 4 month CS degree into a 4 year CS degree and contributed nothing to my skillset. Even with my computer science courses I can honestly say that I have used maybe 0.0000000000000000000001% of what I learned in the university in real life.

Another problem is that the teachers in the university are stuck in the past and still teaching old principles and methodologies. Technology is changing at a rapid pace and I believe if you are not keeping up then you will soon become a dinosour before you know it. Unfortunately, I believe that even if teachers wanted to change the curriculum they could’nt. All changes have to go through a rigorous process of approvals through the board and would have never seen the light of day.

I believe that computer science is one of the few fields where you can get a job without a degree. Yes, there are companies who will not even interview you without a degree but trust me most companies are looking for the right skillset and not whether you went to a fancy school or not. The problem is that for most people learning on their own is very hard. They lack motivation and they also want the “College Experience” AKA “Drinking and partying”.

I work as an instructor at a Bootcamp where I teach Full Stack Web Development. I have seen students with degrees and without degrees. In the end what separates a good student from a mediocre student is not the university he/she went to but the amount he/she is putting in learning and development.

When I tell people that a Bootcamp cost between $10K — $15K and runs for 4 months they usually think it is very high price for such a short amount of TIME. People usually underestimate the cost of university. A four year university cost around $60K (I am being kind here!), but the real cost is TIME. You can always go and make more money but you can never go back and make more time.

Most of the students who graduated from the Bootcamp were able to land amazing jobs within only one month. I don’t take credit for their success because they worked the their a** off for four months.

In the end everyone is different, I disliked spending money in taking courses in university which I knew I will never use in real life. I never attended any parties. I don’t drink. I only went to university because I had no choice.

What would you do if you had a choice?

iOS Developer, speaker and educator. Top Udemy and LinkedIn instructor. Lead instructor at DigitalCrafts. https://www.udemy.com/user/mohammad-azam-2/

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