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does the computer industry need a degree?

Posted by bassolino at 2020-02-28

——On "soft skills: a guide to survival beyond code"

Recently, I am reading a book written for developers, but it has nothing to do with technology or code. It is called "soft skills: Survival Guide beyond code". It mainly talks about many soft skills such as financial management, employment, fitness, self-marketing and spirit. If you are an it migrant worker who is simply obsessed with technology, I suggest you take a look.

This book covers a wide range of subjects. This paper mainly talks about the topic of academic qualifications. It is estimated that the most talked about topic in Zhihu is whether to take the postgraduate entrance examination or not.

The computer industry should be one of the industries with the lowest education requirements, but it is not useless.

Things always have two sides. If we just say that we need or don't need education, it is one-sided.

It is one-sided to say that education is needed or not

Results based on my own experience and China's national conditions, I would like to summarize some advantages and disadvantages of education background, and welcome you to add:

Postgraduate entrance examination or not

Only you can find the answer to this question, because only you know what you need more.

First of all, it depends on your purpose.

For example, if you want to stay in school and engage in scientific research and education, or enter government banks, Chinese Academy of Sciences and other institutions, a high degree is almost necessary.

For example, the current recruitment conditions of China Merchants Bank are 985 / 211 universities, or there may be no interview opportunities.

However, for some enterprises outside the system, such as bat and other Internet companies, the starting salary of graduate students is higher than that of undergraduate students, but it's just the hard fee, not the recognition of your technical ability.

These Internet enterprises generally require a bachelor's degree or above, and then pay more attention to work experience. For example, the master's graduate is t1.3 (Assistant Engineer), while the undergraduate who has worked for three years is likely to reach t3.1 (Senior Engineer), which is no longer of the same level in terms of network, technology and salary.

As for those special offers, they are not included in this discussion.

It's not that there's no use going to graduate school, or there's no chance for a junior college. Tencent also has a senior engineer who graduated from a junior college. As mentioned above, the lack of education depends on work experience to make up for it. As long as you have enough ability, you still have a chance.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) is very popular now. If you want to work in this field, you have higher requirements for academic theoretical research, and it may be more appropriate to continue to study.

Nowadays, many Internet companies directly require a Ph.D. degree or above in terms of their requirements for AI posts, and their treatment is also competitive.

However, with the rapid development of the Internet, it's almost two or three years since AI became popular. It's impossible to be so hot all the time. Now I think that reading blog may not catch up with this wave of upsurge, which needs to be seen from the perspective of development.

As for those who are afraid of employment and want to postpone the pressure of employment, whether to take an entrance examination for postgraduate education or to go to graduate school is the same, and the pressure of employment needs to be faced.

Others just want to come and experience life. You're right about how you choose.

Continuous learning is the king

Don't you have to study after you graduate from graduate school or doctor's degree? The key to decide how far a person goes is whether he can keep the attitude of continuous learning. Therefore, individuals advocate self-study, which requires high self-discipline.

Post a post that you see in the snow. If you don't read it, you will never know how hard others are working together!


As a whole, it's not a bad thing to have a degree. As far as China's national conditions are concerned, a degree is still needed. At least it's better to have a bachelor's degree. As for whether to take an entrance examination for postgraduate study or to study for a doctoral degree, you can refer to the previous one to choose by yourself.