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Christos Constantinides
Christos Constantinides
9,605 Points

Integrating Techdegrees with current progress

Hi guys,

I have recently completed the Front End Dev Track and I would like to add portfolios etc.

My question is, how could I integrate my current progress (as I dive in to PHP) with doing a techdegree, should I choose the Front End one for example?

Specifically, the projects as it stipulates 6 months minimum when I believe it will take me less than that and I am mainly motivated by the certification?

Any direction would be appreciated.

Carl Sergile
Carl Sergile
16,570 Points

Side Question: Is the Techdegree worth it? I have been thinking about it but haven't made the leap yet, mainly cause of the price tag.

2 Answers

Christos Constantinides
Christos Constantinides
9,605 Points

Carl Sergile I am also in two minds about it.

It doesn't really give you an option to preview or to at least concisely view what is available.

At this rate, I will just go ahead with my current track and build a portfolio from scratch.

I considered doing a nanodegree on Coursera but generally all the reviews haven't been worth the price tags for most of the certified courses unless you do a Computer Science one and there's a few that have caught my eye.

Jay Padzensky
Jay Padzensky
4,731 Points

Hey Christos!

My suggestion would be to identify which language you really like and want to learn more about and move in that direction. If you know you want to be a back-end specialist (like PHP), then investing in the FEWD TD may not be the best move, though you'd gain/solidify a lot of in demand skills. We presently have the six TDs, but are adding more, including PHP, in the future. Until then, it could be useful to start to look at a lot of the "Basics" courses for a few languages, perhaps PHP, Python, Java, or Ruby, and start to get a feel for which language you enjoy and take to well.

When the time comes, start to take a look at the Techdegree of the language you're most interested in. Note that we have a six month minimum timeframe listed because there is a two week submission gap required between projects. This is to ensure that all Techdegree students receive the feedback and attention they deserve during project reviews.

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