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Which degree would you get

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by ghztek, May 8, 2009.

  1. ghztek

    ghztek New Member

    Hey guys

    Im 23 years old and i have no experience in the IT field. Currently im studying for A+ and hopefully i will get some other certs after but right now im focusing on A+ to hopfully land a job in IT field like repair. I wanna get some education and concidering
    Nicholls University they offer a bacholor in

    Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
    Computer Science (B.S.)

    Currently im attending Devry university for
    Network and Communications Management i could get associate or Bacholor but i just started and kinda jumped into it and have read reviews and people are saying i should go to State Universities. I just started at devry first semester and now would be the time to back out.

    With these three options what would you suggest i do. Basically im looking for a career in IT but dont know exactly in what area yet. Networks seemed cool so i leaned towards that at devry. But what about Comp Science or CIS.
    Thanks for any input and insight.
  2. wagnerk
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    It's not so much that state colleges/Uni's are better, it's that there are alot of online "colleges/Uni's" that aren't recognised for one reason or another (eg. do not have degree giving powers, aren't licensed, are degree/diploma mills). If the college or Uni is not recognised then the qualifications that they award aren't valid. On the other hand, there are excellent online Uni's like the OpenU in the UK.

    I do not know if Devry university is one or the other, I'll let you do your own research.

    However as for which one to go for, imo, look at the modules and see which one interests you more. I did my degree in Computing, specialising in Software Engineering and to be honest as long as the degree is in a Computing/Computer Science/ICT related subject, I don't really think that it matters :)

    Hope this helps :)

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    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  3. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    I agree with Ken, to me three things are important :-

    1. Are the modules you will study of interest to you and prospective employers.

    For example learning Java/C#/SQL is both a useful skill in industry and proves you can learn a programming language. Modules that mix vocational skills with academic learning are a good bet.

    2. Is the qualification recognised by governments, potential employers, professional bodies etc. What is the percieved status of the qualifcation, for example MSc's are generally considered better than BSc's etc.

    3. Is the institution recognised, will people consider you in preferance over other candidates for taking your degree at that institution.

    Unfortunately 'fake degrees' seem to have become prevalent so even if you don't want to study at an elite college, you still have to consider this. Make sure you aren't taken in by a fake online uni for example, some even hire suites in real universities with similar names to enhance the con.

    Best of luck ! :D
  4. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

    DeVry University is NOT a University - no matter what law allows them to call themselves such. A 'degree' from them will be as much use to your career as a 50-yard swimming certificate. If by 'Nicholls' University, however, you mane 'Nicholls State' in Louisiana, then that IS a legitimate university, and a degree from then will be 'real'.
    Certifications: A few
    WIP: None - f*** 'em

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