Computer Programming Associates or Computer Programming Certificate?

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I recently have been working towards an Associates in Computer Programming, I am not that far in. But, there is also a cert that is offered, which is shorter. I have been wondering if it is worth it to get the full on Associates? My thought was that I would have a job programming full time when I get done. Now, people are telling me that you would probably have an internship and student positions. I was planning to transfer to a 4 year institution after I got done with my programming Associates. I was just wondering if the Associates was worth it.

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It all depends on where you are going to be looking for work. Some business today want a B.S. minimum.  Many years ago an A.S. was sufficient got mine back in the early 80’s.  Today certifications are o.k. and may get an entry level position but the degree is still more important to a lot of prospective employers. Some wont even interview unless you have the degree. Even worse some will hire even if the degree is not in a related field… Back in the 80’s I lost out on a job to a person I went to school with they had a B.S. in liberal arts and I had an A.S. in computer programming. We applied for the jr. programmer position and she got the job. I never even got an interview.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    The certification you mentioned here, is this a global certification? Or the firm/company offered for the same? If the certification has a global value, then go for it. If the certification offered by company and it helps to understand the jobs of your company Or if you are planning to stay long in the same company, then go for that. If the certification is not fallen in both or any one then don't do it.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Sadly, hiring managers and people in general will judge you if you "just" have an associate's degree - or no degree at all. Here's a piece I wrote on IT/security certifications that you might be interested in.

    ...just know that certs (and degrees) only go so far. You need to focus on these things as well.
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