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By mxmartinez ·
I am in my mid 30's, I have been in IT for 4 years now. I was thinking of going back to university to get a degree in computer science. I asked my current boss for advice on which track to take, but he stated that at this point in my life it would be a waste of time and money to do this.

Is he right?
And I have an option of taking an Information Management degree or a Telecommunications degree. Can I have some opinions on these

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by RealGem In reply to To degree or not to degre ...

A full university degree is probably too much. If you do it part-time, it will probably take you 10 years to complete.

Go with a shorter program. A two-year program could be finished in five years (or less, if you push hard).

You will also find that the shorter programs can be more tailored to your needs, while the university degree is broader-focused. If you know the technology area that you want to pursue, find a program within that area.

Lastly, if you get a chance to take some optional courses, take business courses. Accounting, finance, project management, etc. These will be very valuable if you plan to move beyond the pure technical stuff.

Good luck, and study hard!

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by colink In reply to To degree or not to degre ...

Go for it!
I did not start my MIS degree until I was 30 and finished it in 3 years. That allowed me to change my career and life. I had no previous experience studying this way, and I stayed working full time. Courses are available, just hunt them out.
You will have to ask yourself, and your family/friends to seriously support you if you take this track as it will cause a lot of stress, and curtail all your free time considerably.
You can do it if you wish. My boss was against me and I made it and proved him dead wrong about being motivated and capable.
It took a few years after completion, but I realised I gained a **** of a lot of experience, knowledge, and contact with new possibilities through the effort. I don't regret it, and neither will you.

Colin - NZ

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