Open Ballot: How valuable is a Computer Science degree?
Out of the staff here at Linux Format, only one of us actually has a Computer Science degree. The rest of us ended up in the job as a result of our hobbies, random hacking and volunteering in various open source communities.
This got us thinking, how worthwhile are Computer Science degrees? Many technology companies complain that graduates, even of Computer Science, arrive with little understanding of how to work in industry - knowledge of version control and the like - and often lack knowledge of basic coding paradigms.
This seems a great shame to us, especially when there's so many high quality open source projects out there who'd love some students to help them out, and who they'd be happy to mentor in return. Is the way forward more projects like Google's Summer of Code, or Red Hat's partnership with Seneca College?
We'll be recording our next podcast on Wednesday, so we want to hear from you. Let us know what you think about computer science and real world work in the comments, and we'll read out the most interesting answers in the podcast.