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This tweet by Kevin Canlas got me thinking…

Source: Twitter

Self-taught developers are heavily disadvantaged by companies in today’s job market. And understandably so — bad hires cost more than losing good candidates. Only hiring degree holders reduce bad hires.

But many recruiters discount the unique advantages which self-taught developers hold. They are…

  • Self-starters who chose to learn something from scratch, out of their own motivation.
  • Passionate — spending their nights and weekends working on courses and side projects
  • Constantly improving their skillset

One can only become a self-taught developer with these qualities, all of which are vital for excelling in programming.

Filtering candidates based on whether they possess a degree is seen as an insurance policy in recruiting, but the premium paid in lost opportunities may have become too expensive to bear.

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Michael Chen

Michael Chen

I share ideas worth your time - in tech, education and society. | Co-Founder @ RoadMaple