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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 SwEngrInAtlanta In reply to To degree or not to degre ...

I am nearing 50 and chose to pursue a masters in CS, that is to take a technical track, rather than a business or management track. My background is in electrical engineering, and I enjoy the development side of the computer industry. My second choice to a degree was to begin a certification path, probably Microsoft. Both options seemed good for me at this time. Employer pays tuition for either.

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

To be honest a dergree is what YOU make of it. If you approach the subject in hand and put some life into your subject then a degree is never a waste of time (it could however be a waste of money).

If you wish to get certified in a specific areaof interest, I would check to see what other qualifications are available in that area. You may find that you will enhance you employment opportunites by doing a vendor specific qualification, rather than a degree.

If however you are purely doing it for the interest then a degree would be best. I'm not sure how employers take IT degrees as qualifications in IT. I am an IT manager with a degree in Chemical Engineering, however it is the abundance of Microsoft and Novell qualifications that got me the job I currently hold.

If there is a specific area of IT you wish to get into then do it, but a degree is a very long term investment and may not be thought of as well as a vendor specific qualification that says "I can do that job." A degree says "I have brains and know how ti use them."

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