[clug] Software Engineering

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Fri Sep 1 14:44:52 GMT 2006

Sam Couter wrote:

> I don't see any extra value in the engineering degree unless you want
> the title, or unless the hard maths, physics or electronics interests
> you enough to spend an extra year at Uni. I can't think of any
> professional skills it covers that the IT degree doesn't.

There are a couple of things I would comment on here:

  - I noticed a distinct hiring bias in Canberra towards graduates of ANU
  - The bias also favoured engineers over B/IT graduates

Another thing though. If you want to come work in the US at some stage 
in your career (and who can tell if you're going to want to do that some 
time in the next 40 years?), then you need a four year technical degree. 
It's possible to make an argument for degree + equivalent experience, or 
even just equivalent experience, but it is harder.

So, I favour the engineering degree. Worst case, most degree programs 
let you dorp from the Engineering down to the B/IT if you decide you've 
screwed up later.


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