In my opinion, it's important to have it, but it has not done anything for me at all. I do not even list it in my signature. I attained my Associate's in "Computer Studies, with a concentration in MicroApplications" from my local Community College.
While I was working full-time at a warehouse, I was taking 1 class per quarter. Algebra class was 1 hour a day, 4 days a week, in the morning. I worked in the warehouse 2nd shift. Algebra class was toughest, but the teacher was fantastic. I can't rave about her enough. She actually would let you call her at home if you had a problem with a math question. But the College offered free math tutoring on the side, that was a big help. Took me from Sept 87-Dec 1997 to achieve. Graduated in June 1998.
Did my Bachelor's from an online college in Thousand Oaks, CA, outside of LA. Found airfare for $200.00 to San Diego. There was a Microsoft Technet convention there. They offered Microsoft cert exams there for half-price (at that time, they were $100.00). So on the spur of the moment, I cracked down to study for the Microsoft AD exam. Allowed myslef about 2.5 hrs to cram for it. Of course I bombed, but I kept working on it and passed it finally.
Took a day off from SD to visit family in LA. Stayed the night in LA, visited the school the following morning. (You really have to experience LA freeways. No WONDER everything in CA is so expensive). I found out at the school I enrolled in the wrong major; I enrolled in "Computer Science", which means programming. I am the world's worst programmer. Changed my major to "Management Information Systems". So they gave me credit for my certifications, and I had to do 5 online classes, plus write a 75-pg min. "Final Report." Took me 8 months for the classes and report. Did report on "Steganography as used by terrorists to institute attacks on America".
Had to pay $250.00 for diploma. As stated on diploma, "graduated June 10, 2003" little over 3 years, it's done nothing for me except give me a good feeling. BTW, it cost me approx. $2500.00
I have a friend that has a PhD in Astropyhsics. He says it's done nothing for him; all he's been able to get out of it is a part-time teaching job at Kent State. He tells me, "the only degree that matters is 98.6".
Don't want to sound negative or depress you or anything, but this is a real-world story. Don't believe all the hype from the schools.
Local school in my area advertises very heavily on TV. (Will not give the name here). Mostly they offer Associates degrees. I looked into them one time; they wanted about $27,000.00 for an Associates degree. I got mine from Community College for half of that. They tried to justify it as "it's their name on the diploma" that makes the difference to employers.
An Associates degree is an Assocaites degree, no matter where you get it from. AN Associates degree is only a starting stepping stone, by itself, it will not get you a job.
Take it for what you will. It's tough out here.
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