Mar 18, 2019 - 08:17 PM
A college degree demonstrates several critical ingredients of becoming a successful software developer, especially focus, tenacity, discipline, curiosity and seeing long-term projects through to completion. It also demonstrates a broad-based background and solid preparation in the fundamentals, both of which are necessary to solve complex software development problems. Your challenge is to demonstrate you’ve got the same chops even though you don’t have the sheepskin.
You may be better off using a skills-based resume, especially if your work history might appear scattered or unfocused. Show that you’ve accumulated project management, leadership and communication skills, all hallmarks of a well-educated developer.
Also show that you take responsibility for your own learning, and list any relevant professional certifications. Be visible in your community of practice, and have work samples available online for hiring managers to review. And of course, use your network to try to get referred in.
Aug 01, 2018 - 04:04 PM
If you have personal experience as a developer, you may have a higher chance of landing a job without a degree. Some people fall into the category of self-taught developers. If you don't have a degree, you need to make sure your resume stands out for other reasons.
Focus on the skills and technical knowledge you have. Go over how you honed these skills. Have you held software engineer positions in the past? Did you attend conferences or workshops? Do you have any related certifications?
Getting a job without the requested degree does not happen easily. You'll need to put in some work to show hiring managers you have what it takes even if you don't have the degree they expect. Look over software engineer resume samples to get an idea of how you can achieve this goal.