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    Is it necessary to go to college to study IT, I mean I know a lot of computers and hardware and I was wondering is it even worth it? I really need to use some advice.

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    Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

    I would have to say that yes it is necessary, I know that experience is essential but qualifications and appropriate training are so important. You will also learn so much at college and it will be an enriching part of your life so I would suggest that if it is affordable and practical then go for it and see how you get on!

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      Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

      Originally posted by Clairelouise84 View Post
      I would have to say that yes it is necessary, I know that experience is essential but qualifications and appropriate training are so important. You will also learn so much at college and it will be an enriching part of your life so I would suggest that if it is affordable and practical then go for it and see how you get on!
      I will give it a shot and see how it works out. The problem is the language barrier for me, I'm not so good in Hebrew which is the native language of Israel, at least not good enough eventhough I lived here all my life, I didn't have to speak it because my parents aren't native Hebrew speakers. I don't know how I would be able to make it, I needed a little bit of comfort. What do you think?

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      • #4
        Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

        I'm actually anti-college (university) at the moment. My student debt is enormous and there is very little work out there for people in my profession. But I'm not alone. So many professions are inundated with recent graduates- young middle-class, intelligent people who went to college because it was seen as the thing to do to secure a comfortable and successful future. I can honestly say that of my peers, those who went to college are worse off. We have massive debts and few job prospects. Those who did a trade, got paid like serfs to begin with, but are now earning triple figures in their 3rd year as a qualified tradie. And if you're actually skilled with technology (as I'm assuming you are) the way technology is increasing exponentialy in our lives I'm sure if you hone your skills and find your niche, formal educaiton or not, you will become invaluable to someone's company.

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        • #5
          Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

          Originally posted by StickFigureA View Post
          I'm actually anti-college (university) at the moment. My student debt is enormous and there is very little work out there for people in my profession. But I'm not alone. So many professions are inundated with recent graduates- young middle-class, intelligent people who went to college because it was seen as the thing to do to secure a comfortable and successful future. I can honestly say that of my peers, those who went to college are worse off. We have massive debts and few job prospects. Those who did a trade, got paid like serfs to begin with, but are now earning triple figures in their 3rd year as a qualified tradie. And if you're actually skilled with technology (as I'm assuming you are) the way technology is increasing exponentialy in our lives I'm sure if you hone your skills and find your niche, formal educaiton or not, you will become invaluable to someone's company.
          That's really sad, I'm sorry to hear that. Could you tell me more about your story so that I know more about it. I'm very interested in people who regret going to college, could you tell me about your profession, like explain more about your history in college and all.

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          • #6
            Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

            I think there has to be a happy medium between the two, in certain professions a good mix of Qualifications and Experience are essential. If you can combine studying whilst working in the trade then you are on a to a winner and will be always be top of the pile in the Recruiting process.

            It is not always easy to achieve this though.

            I would suggest look at suitable college / university courses that cover your field that you wish to enter, and approach companies with this as a bargaining tool, offer to work in some cases for a minimum wage and in return ask for a part funding of your course. Not only does this show initiative but also shows that you are willing to negotiate and compromise, all excellent qualities to have.

            If you are successful ask for staggered pay increases as each section of your college work is completed.

            You will be benefiting the company as you are learning by applying newly acquired skills to the role, whilst you in turn are learning a trade, and gaining a qualification at the same time.

            Don't let language become a barrier, either learn it, or go somewhere where it isn't a barrier.

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            • #7
              Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

              It is not exactly necessary, but in order for many jobs to take you seriously, it is paramount that you go to college. Employers usually want someone who graduated from college.

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              • #8
                Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                Originally posted by Starbucks Junkie View Post
                I think there has to be a happy medium between the two, in certain professions a good mix of Qualifications and Experience are essential. If you can combine studying whilst working in the trade then you are on a to a winner and will be always be top of the pile in the Recruiting process.

                It is not always easy to achieve this though.

                I would suggest look at suitable college / university courses that cover your field that you wish to enter, and approach companies with this as a bargaining tool, offer to work in some cases for a minimum wage and in return ask for a part funding of your course. Not only does this show initiative but also shows that you are willing to negotiate and compromise, all excellent qualities to have.

                If you are successful ask for staggered pay increases as each section of your college work is completed.

                You will be benefiting the company as you are learning by applying newly acquired skills to the role, whilst you in turn are learning a trade, and gaining a qualification at the same time.

                Don't let language become a barrier, either learn it, or go somewhere where it isn't a barrier.
                The problem is I can't just go anywhere because I can't afford it. It's so expensive to study abroad and it's really difficult. I have been tryign to learn the language and it's insanely hard and I just can't seem to grasp it, even though, I do try. So I don't know what to do.

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                • #9
                  Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                  Originally posted by KylerA View Post
                  The problem is I can't just go anywhere because I can't afford it. It's so expensive to study abroad and it's really difficult. I have been tryign to learn the language and it's insanely hard and I just can't seem to grasp it, even though, I do try. So I don't know what to do.
                  I would say that you should try to study in your country and see where that takes you. If there are any courses that are good for you in your country, then be patient.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                    You're right. I will be patient and try my best, if I couldn't then I would have to drop out, and see what would happen from there.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                      I really can't tell you if you need additional training or not. You need to really look at what it is you are needing to be skilled with for the job you want to pursue and if you have those skills. If you do not have those skills you may want to look into how you can better develop yourself so you are more prepared for the work you want to do. You do not have to necessarily go to school but you may want to look into some technical books and see how you are able to get through them or if you need more guidance.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                        I don't think it is. I'm earning money and I've only finished high-school.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                          Originally posted by ACSMM View Post
                          I really can't tell you if you need additional training or not. You need to really look at what it is you are needing to be skilled with for the job you want to pursue and if you have those skills. If you do not have those skills you may want to look into how you can better develop yourself so you are more prepared for the work you want to do. You do not have to necessarily go to school but you may want to look into some technical books and see how you are able to get through them or if you need more guidance.
                          I guess you are right but I was more talking in a perspective of is it worth it because will college really give you the things you need? Because last time I checked, all they give is boring theory that you have to memorize and pass a test with a grade on it, and forget all you've memorized and that's it. What's the purpose?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                            I would say it really depends on what field and company you are trying to get in to. Some fields/companies don't require too much expertise, while others do. You need a mix of good qualifications (from schools) and expertise (from internships and similar work programs) to get a job. It's currently risky to get a job in this market without having a degree and/or previous experience. As time goes by, and people's qualifications grow, the more necessary going to college becomes. So, my suggestion is to at least visit a community college, and try to get some real world experience in the career you are interested in.

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                              Re: Is it necessary to go to college?

                              Originally posted by Positron View Post
                              I would say it really depends on what field and company you are trying to get in to. Some fields/companies don't require too much expertise, while others do. You need a mix of good qualifications (from schools) and expertise (from internships and similar work programs) to get a job. It's currently risky to get a job in this market without having a degree and/or previous experience. As time goes by, and people's qualifications grow, the more necessary going to college becomes. So, my suggestion is to at least visit a community college, and try to get some real world experience in the career you are interested in.
                              What's weird is that if all require experience, how would people have experience to begin with if nobody is willing to hire?

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