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What kind of school should I go to?

By lord_mervias ·
I've been looking for a direct answer to this question, but could never find anyone to answer. Here's my dilemma. I am 20 years old and finally able to qualify for student aid. I have a GED and a full AutoCAD certification, which is fine for now, but my interest has always been in software design and enginnering, so I've been trying to figure out what kind of school to go to. As I found out with my AutoCAD, certifications alone are basically useless in today's job market, so...Which is more preferred in the IT field, a degree from a state university, or a degree from a school like DeVry University(Yes, they recently met the recquirements to become a "university" as oppose to a trade school. I'm looking at getting my Bachellor's in ComputerBusiness Systems, which is the closest they have to what I want. In addition, DeVry's curriculum allows me to leave with significantly more programs (40-50) than a state university(20-25). By that I mean I will be programming more at DeVry. Now, logically, this means my hands on experience is greater, but as far as I've heard, paper is paper, and paper from a state college is looked at better by hiring managers. So, to the IT community I ask, What's the story?

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My 2 cents

by jereg In reply to What kind of school shoul ...

At 20, you have a lot of paths you could follow. I'm 46, had the GED, and a crummy certification. It took me years to make Network Manager. If I were 20, this is what I would consider.
Yes, paper from a state college is better than paper from DeVry, BUT, only for the first 3-5 years of your carrer. When you are 50, no one cares if you went to Harvard or FlapJack U. At 50, you're judged but your experience. If you go to DeVry, it'll be harder to get the first couple of jobs. When you have a track record, who cares.
Next, You could get a 2 year degree from a community college. It's not worth much, but it's cheaper than the state school, and you can transfer right in. Also, if you're looking for a job, in 2 years you'll have SOME paper to show. After you get a 4 year degree, you take the 2 year off. Again, who will care. Ultimatly, it comes down to what you can afford.
Good luck.

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by john_wills In reply to What kind of school shoul ...

There is a lot more to life than one's career. There is a lot more to education than training for one's career. And you don't know what the future will bring career-wise anyway: I was 68 months unemployed after decades of succesful work. In that time I did various things, including reading the Aeneid: I was very grateful to one of my secondary-school Latin teachers for teaching me 30 years earlier how to scan classical poetry; I also took an interest in politics, so I was glad I had read the Federalist Papers. A GED is good, but build on it broadly at first, with an emphasis on mathematics and IT, of course, but trying to include language, economics, etc. In your case I would probably(I don't know enough about you to be sure) recommend a junior college to start; you can then go to a 4-year school, either into the 3rd year or, depending on what you want to learn, starting as a freshman again.

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School suggestion

by ghstnthmchn In reply to What kind of school shoul ...

Hello,
I highly recommend Kaplan College. http://www.kaplancollege.com/kco/programs/it/default.aspx?GUID=2E9A2E4EEAEF44378183224F3799D51B209273524881174580 They are a fully acredited, on-line school.

Good luck,
J.D.

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Your path is your Path

by MallardtooXX In reply to What kind of school shoul ...

Okay first off I disagree that a paper from a state school is any different than one from DeVry. I do not look at the college the person went to, I look at the person the college prepared for me. I, and many like me, look at a person's education as a platform to begin from. Everything you learn in college will be summarily reconstituted and the chaff will be purged. A college degree shows me that you are able to complete complex tasks, you stick to a project to fruition, and you are, above all, able to learn new information. If you came into my office and said "Mr Duck, I just graduated from Yale and I would like a job." I would say have a seat. If you were to come in and say "Mr. Duck, I just graduated from DeVry and I would like a job." I would still say have a seat. It is not a matter of where you went so much as what you studied and how well you did in your studies that people look at. As someone else here said, you should broaden your horizons a little, read some homer, learn a language or two. But never, EVER let someone tell you that an accredited school is not worth the time. If DeVry fits your schedule, you can maintain a good GPA there, and they are accredited, then you should go there. ( YOu like that I usedan If then statement there =) Eventhough your Diploma will say one thing, your actions will speak volumes. Good luck!
If you have any questions look me up I'll try to help.
-duck

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Paper matters not in the interview

by GuruOfDos In reply to What kind of school shoul ...

If you have nothing on paper, you won't be invited for the interview.

A degree is a degree, no matter where it comes from within reason. (I say that because it is possible to get a 'frigged' degree in the USA for being good at baseball or American Football or such like - one or two 2nd Year US exchange students that came to my college in the UK had to do an additional six months hard graft just to catch up with our college ENTRY requirements!)

Anyway, a degree proves that you can satisfy an examining authority as to your ability to achieve their standards. If an ex 'Technical School' meets the same standards as a 'recognised' University, then there should be no difference on paper. What will make the biggest difference is the qualityof you as a person, not the quality or otherwise of your degree.

Over 80% of people involved in personnel selection will form an opinion of you within the first 4 minutes of an interview, and that is more important than the degree...but you needthe paperwork to get the interview!

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