[rescue] Mainframe on eBay

Mike Meredith mike at redhairy1.demon.co.uk
Wed Sep 21 14:21:25 CDT 2005

On Wed, 21 Sep 2005 09:28:18 -0600 (MDT), Barry Keeney wrote:
>   When I look at people for a computer job, If they've got a degree 
> in a related field great! If not, I pretty much count it as a minor 
> point against them. They spent all that time on something they don't
> need for this job, why didn't they go back and get something usefull?

If you're looking at employing people without experience, then someone
with a CS degree has some advantages over someone without. But not that
much ... I was first empoyed as a Unix SA with a freshly printed degree.
Did I know the job ? Of course not. 

In theory *any* degree implies an ability to learn that someone without
a degree may not have. And lets face it, being able to learn is far more
important in IT than a set of skills acquired years ago.

> the likely job market they'll enter with that degree. I have 
> a friend who was about half a year from finishing a BS in bio. 
> He was working at a pet store at the time and one day looked 
> at his co-workers. The assistant manager had a master's in bio, 

So? I have a friend with a PhD in physics who works as an AV technician.
This doesn't say a *thing* about what other people with advanced degrees
in physics do.

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