As an industry, IT is among the few that do not require college degrees. Real-world experience and certifications can be just as valuable (if not more so!) as a college degree. Often, the “right” answer to the question depends on the unique circumstances of the person trying to decide between a college degree or IT certification. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do I have the financial resources to attend a community college, four-year college, or university? Am I willing to make the financial and personal investment for the college experience?
Where do I want my career to take me? Do the various roles along the path of my career require a college degree or IT certifications?
What are my salary expectations? Do I have the necessary degree/certifications to achieve my salary goals?
What kind of time am I willing to commit to my professional development? Can I commit to the years needed for a college degree? Can I commit to the time necessary for the ongoing cycle of certification and certification renewals?
Do I prefer to think in theoretical terms or practical, hands-on terms?
Take some time to talk with IT pros you know and admire to get their advice. There is great value in both a college degree and in IT certifications. Whichever path you choose, there will be a place for you in IT.
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