This week’s question for my “Ask Preethi’ series is one that’s near and dear to me, because I too once struggled to figure out the right answer.
“I have been teaching myself to code for almost a year now. I initially started from freeCodeCamp.org and other tutorials.
“A part of me wants to go back to college and study computer science. I have done a little research and many seem to say that it is not necessary but I want be marketable for a career in software development.
“I have also read that the industry is being flooded with junior developers who don’t know enough to be productive. So I suppose that is why I think I need to go back to school.
“I had been applying to companies that fit my skill set and I haven’t received one response regarding an interview.
Everyone’s circumstances are different— including timing, affordability, job obligations, family responsibilities, and so much more.
Therefore, while I don’t have a silver bullet answer to this question, I’ll share how I evaluated this decision for myself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TVYjjWkuOU