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What can you do with an Associates Degree in Computer Science?

#1Tony_Biggie_PunPosted 7/19/2014 4:48:43 AM
I'm going for my Bachelors, but it would be nice to have some kind of experience before I graduate. Or even as a back up plan for if I can get a bachelors degree for whatever reason, it would be nice to know that my Associates could lead to some opportunities.


I have a 2.98 GPA with that degree.
#2Xtreme-VoidPosted 7/19/2014 5:06:19 AM
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#3wdfosterPosted 7/19/2014 6:28:51 AM
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#4MonkeymagePosted 7/19/2014 7:36:21 AM
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#5KURRUPTORPosted 7/19/2014 7:48:16 AM
Without experience probably not much of anything, get your gpa up and contact your advisors for a way to get some experience in your field.

A college degree is next to useless right now in the US. Too many people have them and don't really know anything practical or useful. You need more than just a degree; you need something to show employers that you aren't just another typical college grad.

Or you just need to know someone that can get you a job in your field.
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#6Fear The ClownPosted 7/19/2014 8:11:29 AM
If you want experience go geek squad or a small pc repair shop. Those are your best options that you're likely to have. A couple other options that some of my friends are doing for experience is one is at our schools helpdesk and another went geek squad to tech support for att. I went geek squad, to a managed service provider to doing tech support for an insurance company. We all have a year left on our degrees in mis.
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#7Wyand_VoidbringPosted 7/19/2014 8:15:47 AM
Computer Science degrees are largely useless.
Many software places take you on your skill at coding, rather than what kind of education you have.

I've been interviewing people the last few weeks. I've seen a 20 year old that has never taken a course in programming hitting all the right marks, and a 28 year old that's been working in the industry for 5 years with a degree and can't code his way out of a paper bag.

As long as you know how to code, are passionate about it, and have some hobby projects on the go there will be a company willing to try you out.
#8DC07301981Posted 7/19/2014 9:20:38 AM(edited)
When I first went to college my goal was a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I didn't really enjoy it and switched to a career in healthcare when I got a job working in a hospital. That was back in 1999.

Fast forward almost 15 years later and I'm not using the degree that I got in my field. I doubt if I had the degree in Computer Science I'd be better off than where I am right now. I thought about going back to college but instead I got a new job and am working in a different field learning a new trade. The current economic conditions, while they are improving slowly, still prove a challenge in securing a job, especially for an entry level graduate, in any discipline. After I lost my previous job, it took me two years of applying and hundreds of applications to get back on track. Even with my new job, I am not putting faith into corporations or businesses any longer. Nothing is guaranteed in life.

A majority of career fields are saturated with new graduates and people who have lost their jobs due to the recession. It's in every industry. Competition is fierce, so if you can find a job that will at least give you experience, take it, even it means working for just barely above minimum wage and 20 hours a week. Most companies now do not want to train, be fortunate if you are offered a position that will allow you to gain experience while earning a little bit of income.
#9shmirlywhirlPosted 7/19/2014 9:25:37 AM(edited)
DC07301981 posted...
When I first went to college my goal was a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science. I didn't really enjoy it and switched to a career in healthcare when I got a job working in a hospital. That was back in 1999.

Fast forward almost 15 years later and I'm not using the degree that I got in my field. I doubt if I had the degree in Computer Science I'd be better off than where I am right now. I thought about going back to college but instead I got a new job and am working in a different field learning a new trade. The current economic conditions, while they are improving slowly, still prove a challenge in securing a job, especially for an entry level graduate, in any discipline. After I lost my previous job, it took me two years of applying and hundreds of applications to get back on track. Even with my new job, I am not putting faith into corporations or businesses any longer. Nothing is guaranteed in life.

A majority of career fields are saturated with new graduates and people who have lost their jobs due to the recession. It's in every industry. Competition is fierce, so if you can find a job that will at least give you experience, take it, even it means working for just barely above minimum wage and 20 hours a week. Most companies now do not want to train, be fortunate if you are offered a position that will allow you to gain experience while earning a little bit of income.


And my friend graduated from university last year and had no real world experience. He got at job at the NFL making 90k a year.

It's a total crap shoot out there. You really don't know what's going to happen. But if you work hard at something, something Is bound to happen. What that something is is largely unknown.

I feel like you shouldn't stop at an Associates. Bachelors or bust.
And I don't think it's possible for a degree to hurt v
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#10SnadadosPosted 7/19/2014 9:26:55 AM
Can't help but be reminded of Avenue Q.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK6ksA0QyE4
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