[ubuntu-uk] Advice for the future

Kirrus kirrus at kirrus.co.uk
Wed Oct 17 13:24:39 BST 2007

----- "Matthew Larsen" <mat.larsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Yes. There absolutely is. It is well worth spending those few
> years to
> > > get the A levels to go to a good university.
> >
> > Is it _really_ ?
> >
> > I never went to uni, at all, neither red brick or otherwise. I
> don't
> > seem to be doing to badly as a result. I'm sure there are skills
> and
> > assets I'm missing by not having been to uni, but it's not held me
> back
> > (that I'm aware of).
> And I quote:
> > Sorry. 90% of
> > employers will take the guy with the degree any day (for young
> people)
> > over someone who doesnt.
> Replace 'young people' with 'new grads'. The point is it is extremely
> competitive if you're starting out, if you have 5 / 10+ years of
> experience behind you then most of what I have said goes down the
> toilet. But that isn't what we are talking about.
> What I typed is harsh, but it is true. Work in any of those 'FTSE100
> Blue-chip company's' recruitment departments and they will say the
> same I have.

I was extremly lucky. I got my job (trainee web designer) aka web/linux grunt/trainee, as a 19 year old with 2 A-Levels in IT, but no degree. When I started out last year, I knew almost nothing about linux. I had to do something CLI on a windows box yesterday, and kept typing "ls" instead of "dir"...

I was the only non-graduate interviewed.

Some of the smaller companies will take non-grads over grads, because (and I almost quote) the grads expect to be managers in 3 years. In a small company. Which isn't likely to grow quickly...

Experience, and what you've already got on the internet does help. You don't have to go to uni. You can, and it helps with the larger companies (and you'll likely get a better starting pay), but you don't have to.



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