Hi. I just heard about and began Free Code Camp over the weekend and it’s been fantastic so far. It’s also been fantastic reading all the success stories of those who have been employed after finishing the program. It has me wondering about my own situation, which I hope you can shed some light on. My situation, I think, is distinct from the other grad school thread at the top of this forum.
I have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in physics. My interest nowadays, however, lies in programming and web development, so I began a master’s program in computer science this fall with the hope of becoming more desirable to employers. I have to pay out-of-pocket for this program and it will end up costing over $8,000 when all is said and done. I already have a fair bit of informal development experience and had a portfolio before beginning FCC, but look forward to adding these projects as well.
My question: do you think it’s worthwhile to continue in the CS program, or would my time and money be better-spent completing FCC and looking for jobs with a master’s outside of the field, with only informal programming and project experience? I would be seeking jobs in Chicago, if that’s relevant.
Thank you in advance.