Is a degree relevant to IT Professionals?

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Here is an article in which Alison DeNisco (@alisondenisco) reveals that 75% of tech leaders don’t require a computer science degree for developers and IT pros, published on February 19, 2018 in TechRepublic’s CXO Section.

My position? Different:

While the nature of the role dictates if there is a requirement for a degree or experience, for broader roles such as analysts or architects, the degree is a requirement along with other professional requirements, said Flo Albu, Group Chief Digital Officer for Westcoast.

“As a recruiter, a university degree gives me the reassurance that the person has been exposed to the necessary wide array of subjects in the respective area,” Albu said. “These are subjects that otherwise most people won’t cover in their own time. Apart from this exposure, it is the structured way of thinking taught in universities, that I find valuable for certain roles.”

There are exceptions to this rule, of course, Albu added. However, he found that degree-educated applicants tend to be more able to formulate the right questions that need to be answered, which will eventually help them avoid becoming automated. “This is the skill that ultimately will allow one to avoid being commoditized,” Albu said. “Knowing how to formulate the problem is what would set one apart, in an era where finding the solution to that problem is more and more a job for the computer.”

Read the full article here:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/cio-jury-75-of-tech-leaders-dont-require-a-computer-science-degree-for-developers-and-it-pros/

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