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Back to School

By secure_lockdown ·
Hi, I am curious, how many IT Pro's on here have their BSC in Comp Sci. of something similar?

Also, did any of you go back to university at a later age, (i.e. 30's or 40's) to get your BSC?

For the ones that did, how did you find it? Was it as difficult to go back to school as you thought it was?

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by jdmercha In reply to Back to School

I got a BS in Electronics at the age of 27. I got my MS in IT at the age of 46. I found the MS to be much easier.

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various delays

by john.a.wills In reply to Back to School

After two abandoned careers I had a Dutch government certificate in programming. I got a programming job, although I could have returned to my old university with a new major, and started studying with the Open University of the UK. I got my BA at the age of 28; I upgraded it to honours at the age of 49; I graduated MMath at the age of 58.

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by afram In reply to Back to School

I got my BS in computer science (minor in history and philosophy) from Rutgers U (rah rah), but I went back to school 4 years after graduating for some business classes.

I though it would be difficult but the business classes at a local community college were not nearly as demanding.

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by rowdy_yates_mcngp In reply to degree

how did you like Rutgers?

also, what do you mean by "rah rah"? is Rutgers not considered good? I like their IT security site.

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by afram In reply to

The rah rah refers to the Rutgers chant:
"RU, rah rah! RU, rah rah! Hoorah! Hoorah! Rutgers rah! Red Team! Upstream! Upstream! Red team! Rah Rah Rutgers Rah!" (yes, I'm serious)

I'm sure the CS department is about as good as any other comparable school, but they changed the department the year after I left (something about standardizing all programming in Java instead of Pascal, C, C++, Prolog, and LISP depending on the class you took).

Most of the classes were all about theory and at the time it didn't seem like useful information. Few of the professors spoke English which made many of the classes more difficult.

Some of the professors were there to promote their own research and couldn't care less about teaching.

Other professors were great and kept everything interesting and the classes were actually fun.

Darn classes were either first thing in the morning or the last class at night (many double lectures...ugh...3 hours of Numerical Analysis and Computing). And of course all the classes were always in the classroom farthest from your dorm.

I guess the value of the class depended on if you were lucky enough to get a good professor.

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Depends on the person

by DC_GUY In reply to Back to School

It was hard for me to concentrate on studying when I was a teenager, especially since I didn't really know what I wanted to do or to be. I abandoned one degree program and started over, finally got my B.S. at 24. My wife didn't have the opportunity, started late and got her B.A. at 36 and her M.A. at 44. She mostly just went nights, taking one class at a time while working, but she was really into it and got along ok.

Other people have the energy to do it when they're younger and lose their taste for schoolwork as they get older.

It really depends on you. If you're motivated you can probably do whatever you want.

It helps if you have a job that's not too demanding while you're studying. As you get older you can't help losing some stamina and you really need to sleep every night. People in their 30s and 40s who take on too much responsibility and think they can burn the candle at both ends like kids are the ones who fall asleep on the highway and get killed in single-car road accidents, it happens way too often.

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by Jaqui In reply to Back to School

i's jest an unedumicated iggeramos.

din't evin gradu8 hi skool.

which funny as it sounds, is actually the truth.
I pass spare time studying different subjects that relate to computers, programming, networking, repair.

so pretty much self educated.

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you are fortunate

by secure_lockdown In reply to nope

to be able to be successful without formal education.

but - i am begining to realize that i will never get a better job without a university education.

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by Jaqui In reply to you are fortunate

since I program as independant.
and haven't released any mass market apps, it's debatable about the successfull or not.

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Going back was the best decision

by ATXStranger In reply to Back to School

I went back to school at the age of 26 to start on my Business degree in MIS. I was worried it was going to be difficult but I started at the local Community College which made it a lot easier. I had good success my first two semesters and I kept the ball rolling all the way through finishing my Bachelors.

The hardest part for me was the team based projects and making the "kids" understand that no I couldn't meet at 2 in the afternoon because I was working or that at midnight I really had to stop because of work the next day.

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