Where do you draw the line on degrees earned?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by JoshD, Nov 10, 2023.

  1. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    But if you have a whole bunch -- don't put extraneous ones on your resume. That damages your work-related image.
  2. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    No matter how many prior degrees you have, if you want to transition to a career path based on another degree, there's a good chance it's a good idea. You're a multi-subject schoolteacher with six degrees admitted to a U.S. medical school? Go for that seventh.
  3. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Try to use a degree that was never used in CS for 10 years and then we talk. I say this because I deal with these type of people all the time. Most need to go back to school. The fundamentals might be the same but the tools change, most employers are unwilling to train so you need to revamp.
  4. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    A medical doctor out of practice for ten years will probably also need a substantial refresher program to return to clinical practice. That doesn't mean their degree has lost all or most of its value.
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  5. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I got my start in tech with my bachelor's in Human Services so I know something about the difficulty in breaking in. Everyone needs training. Most people who only do their courses (no internships or personal projects) leave their CS degrees not being job ready because the degree is deliberately focused on the theory. That's part of why there are so many programmers without CS degrees - because the skills you need to be an effective programmer aren't a priority in a CS degree, whether it's earned this year or a decade ago.
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Possibly, because there's a lot more to having done a degree than the specific information you acquired.
  7. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Which is why I almost never mention my undergrad degrees except where specifically called for. (Or when making a joke out of my sig line.)

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