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Getting an interview without a CS degree

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Hey all, I am just curious about the feasibility of finding a solid programming career without a degree in the field.

I have over 10 documented years of experience with plenty of open source samples in various languages including C++, Java, .net flavors and more, but the only degree I hold is an associates in automotive technology which is quite unrelated and from my experience 100% worthless.

Would employers see my not having a degree as a weakness that would end up meaning a lower salary? Would I be treated differently than my coworkers in other regards? Is it even possible to get hired without a degree?

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Not having a degree isn't a big deal after you have your first job. Employers are more interested in the most recent in this respect. Assuming your 10 years of experience are in technology (and not automotive repair or something), I don't think it matters at all.

The reason a degree matters for an entry level job is because employers don't have enough other data to go on.
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Hi Luke, since you have done open source projects and stuff, it may worth showing prospective employers what your apps can do and talking about the purpose/design behind it.

This way, employers won't think you are just "talk the talk" type of candidate. You should be/need to be the driver in those interviews rather than back and forth Q&A.

Good luck
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