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Jonathan Leon
Jonathan Leon
18,813 Points

Techdegree VS other options

I'd really love the input of people who are related to HR, Treehouse staff and people who are already working on this:

I'm Jonathan, 24 years old and currently a Software Engineering student in an engineering college. I have been offered to enroll in a program in which I would full time study CS basics and full stack javascript, for no fees but in turn I have to sign a contract with a specific firm for 2 years of work.

Now that really puts me in a dilemma as without any experience, it's very hard to get a job nowadays even with a Bsc in Software engineering, and that option is an incredible springboard for a career.

On the other hand, I would like a degree to feel "safer", and I'm thinking about a middle way for this, for example treehouse's or udacity's Tech/Nano degrees, in addition to my current studies.

  1. What would you do if you were me?
  2. How would you accumalate an experience of an optional candidate passing technical courses but without a degree?

Any other input will be lovely too :)

PS: I've enrolled in Treehouse's regular membership for a long period last year, and it really gave me a boost in the beginning of the degree, but in some subjects for EX javascript I cant find any more courses that can develop me here, that's just a sidenote :x

6 Answers

Tommy Gebru
Tommy Gebru
30,164 Points

I'm not sure if udacity's tech/nano degree is any good, I have tried it for a few hours and it wasn't for me ... I am sure Treehouse's techdegree is loads better! personally it is much too expensive for me... I have spent some time learning Front End Web Development through plenty of online resources, books from the library and even learning with others... Treehouse offers plenty of material and serves as a great reference and path towards a field in Computer Science :smile:

Jonathan Leon
Jonathan Leon
18,813 Points

Wow I'm amazed I haven't found this site by now, it looks like a great idea! thank you :)

Rob Allessi
Rob Allessi
8,600 Points

Hi Jonathan,

Wanted to shed a little bit of light on this.

We fully believe the skills and attitude a student gains will ultimately secure them a job, not the degree itself. This is why we focus on providing students with high-quality curricula that set them up for success. While some online schools advertise their job guarantees, what they don’t mention is that these roles are often at predetermined companies in specific locations and we also believe that the material provided is of lesser quality when compared to our Techdegree program.

Our goal is to educate our students and help them find better tech jobs and fill openings where people live and in their own communities, not just train people to work in Silicon Valley or for a specific company. We do this through: 100% original content, full-time teachers who are experts in their subject, 12 real world projects that are professionally reviewed and graded, 1:1 mentorship to students, high-quality videos and interactive tools.

You can get a feel for this by logging into our Treehouse account and navigating to the enrollment page where you can then enroll in a 7 day free trial in the Techdegree of your choice. Feel free to reach out to our Support team at help@teamtreehouse.com if you have any questions or concerns relating to this or your account!

Good Morning,

I have question for Rob Allessi. With the techdegree, does already completed classes/courses get carried over to the degree. For example; I have completed Javascript Basics. If I start the techdegree is my Javascript Basic's course marked off as completed or do I have to go back through the course again? Or do you have an entirely different set of courses?

Tommy Gebru
Tommy Gebru
30,164 Points

Hey Jonathan Ankiewicz ,

If you visit this page techdegree You will find that there are Frequently Asked Questions :smile:

Can I skip courses if I have previously completed them as a Treehouse student? Yes, if you've already completed a course using the same Treehouse account, it will be marked completed in the Techdegree.

Treehouse recently released a chart that compares Treehouse against Lynda, Udemy, and Pluralsight to help you find the best solution for you. Find it here: http://business.teamtreehouse.com/treehouse-alternatives.html

I work in tech, in silicon Valley as Software Engineer. I have a design background, because of Teamtreehouse. I was able to work my way into a Frontend Software engineering position.

I can promise you, a degree doesn't mean much in the industry only means alot to your resume. Your resume gets you in the door for cold call job applying. The ability to speak to and prove yourself is what will get you the job.

You can skip the cold call resume applying if you are well networked in the field. Eitherway, they both are going to take a while and get you a job.