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Are you still paying attention to degrees when screening engineers? We stopped giving a crap a couple years ago and haven't noticed any difference.

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Self training is extremely common in the data space, and while it's often enough, I've seen an obvious skill caps. For some reason, math and stats just don't lend themselves to self study. Bizarrely, tons of engineering generalists also seem to be kind of scared of SQL (lol why) Can't speak to other "more engineery" specialties, but can speculate. I imagine graphics has similar issues being math heavy. And I really don't see someone picking up enough EE on their own to deal with hardware in any way... Same for CS and language/compiler or OS work. Not a specialty, but some survey survey exposure is pretty cool, too. Learning about cloud capabilities in breadth and to distributed architectures can same months of work from making the wrong decisions early. Grey beard experience is great for this, but it's great to have awareness on a lot of the team out the gate. Even in best case scenario of a super duper tech lead, you'll at minimum save time and diversify brainstorming. That said, I've also heard security and front end are a lot less theory and a lot more practice. Hence all the boot camps actually getting people jobs, I suppose. Guess there's no reason not to hire a self trained React ninja or red teamer in most cases.


Stop paying attention to the degrees and start paying attention to the projects they have created. I know many people doing great engineering projects, and they don't even have a degree.


I have found that once you have a few years of experience your degree rarely matters... unless its a degree from someplace like Stanford or MIT.


I think it makes a difference if they only have like 2 YOE


I have to say, I love the honesty of this post. Thank you. (And I couldn't agree more.)


Following because I personally believe that degrees don't matter at this point with so much self-training...but higher ups don't always agree and it's lead to some contention in hiring decisions. I think a degree shows that you can follow structure and do well, but I think it's less significant compared to experience and projects IMO


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