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    I have just turned 24 and I am in my first year at uni doing Software Engineering.

    I was speaking to some people online who I thought were friends. They are from America and all have good jobs in the web development industry.

    They started telling me I am wasting my time at university because people don't get employed coming from university with a Computer Science related degree.

    I totally feel like I am wasting my time. I am older than most so when I finish I will be 28 and I am scared I won't even get a job now. Alot of what I know I have self taught. In university I learn nothing because I know most of what they teach, but I am only going to get a degree to get my foot in the door. The 4 years will give me alot of time to develop a portfolio aswell.

    I left school with no GCSE's and worked hard to get into university. I am sacrificing 4 years of my life to do this and I am scared it is a waste of time.

    I just feel like sacking it all in right now. Feel so upset.
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    Don't let them pull you don't, they clearly don't know anything. How did they get their jobs?
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    Don't listen to what people on the Internet say, ever.
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    (Original post by kiss_me_now9)
    Don't let them pull you don't, they clearly don't know anything. How did they get their jobs?
    They are self taught. They keep saying university is a waste of time because they don't teach properly and companies don't like to employ people from a CS degree.
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    There are soo many mature students at my uni. Not everyone goes fresh out of school at 18 you know! Don't worry about your age - if you're coming along with the right qualifications, experience and personality for the job, you are at no disadvantage. I can't really comment on the CS degree as i don't know much about that - but if you feel this is the right thing for you to be doing right now, and you obviously do since you've worked so hard to be there, then don't let anyone shatter your confidence in that. At the end of the day, only you can know what is best for yourself. x
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    Hmm, they sound like knobs, tbh. Actually, they just sound American.

    *Runs off*
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    (Original post by jaydoh)
    Don't listen to what people on the Internet say, ever.
    Apart from what he just said.

    In all seriousness, go for it. Don't you dare quit now because of a few cruel words from some 'friends', after all your hard work. Your friends and family will be so proud of you, and since it's what you want to do, feck it, do it.
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    ^^^ as above, these people are idiots! All the statistics show that having a degree increases earning potential, plus the area you are specialising in will show employers that you have real dedication to your subject and have worked hard to get where you are

    What do American's on a far away pc know about career opportunities here anyway!
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    I know a couple of people who did CS earning 50k a year. Don't listen to them.
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    If you want stay on at uni, then do so. Simple as really. I can't really say much about computer science degree, don't know much about it but if you still want to despite you knowing most of what's on the course then screw these so called friends who are ******** on what you want to do.
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    Guys, you are right, they are American ... lol. It's funny how you said that then.
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    I go to school in the states and recruiters for Pixar and Dreamworks and Apple all come here seeking CS majors...

    don't listen to your 'friends'. CS is one of the best things you can do nowadays.

    Best of luck,
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    my friend does CS and he self taught himself before the course, he is 20, he knows everything and even won an award for doing so well, he even works for a web development company part time on £25k a year pro rata (they try to convince him to leave uni but he wont) . It's not a waste of time and if you do really well in it why would they ever not pick you because you have a degree, what they're saying is stupid.
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    so according to them, employers would rather have somebody who is 'self-taught' and therefore has no way to prove their competence other than being taken at their word, to someone who has professional accredition in their field?

    Ignore them, they are talking tosh I feel...
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    Hah, how ridiculous a statement. Ignore them! Its what YOU want to do, its what YOU take from it that matters.

    Negativity is often in the form of jealousy, I'm willing to bet my right arm they're only saying that because they themselves are jealous, either because they couldnt/didnt get a degree, or because they're probably very aware of your abilities anyway.
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    I think the fact you've gone to uni after leaving school with no GCSE's is really admirable. Plenty of people get very good jobs with computer science related degrees, I wouldn't listen to these "friends". Kudos to you for working hard to get into uni and stick at it. Were you happy at uni before you talked to your friends?
    xxx.
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    I agree with kate03, thats something id give an applause for. Dont listen to then knob heads, what do they know!?

    You carry on, and dont ever let anyone make you feel upset, and making it seem like the decision you took is wrong, it isnt :yep:

    good luck :hugs:
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    (Original post by jaydoh)
    Don't listen to what people on the Internet say, ever.
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    Yeah I was happy before, and I am happy now. I think it was my anger to be honest. Thanks all, I appreciate the support on this forum xx
 
 
 
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