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How to be a Techie without a degree

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We all know the Tech Industry is the fastest growing career pool around. But did you know that the leaders in this field, namely Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs did not even have a bachelor’s degree? Although those people started a long time ago, the trend still continues: In a recent Forbes article, (15 great jobs that don’t require a four-year degree), a recruiter said:

“Of the people we hired, I had no idea who had a degree or not. If we liked them and thought they were cool and they wrote good-quality code, that’s all that mattered.”

If you want to make your career in this field, you have never been so lucky! That is because there are multitudes of training programmes on the internet which will enable you to progress along the path. And most of them are FREE!

There is a term for these courses: MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses).

  • Videos: At the most basic level are videos (mostly YouTube), which offer explanations, some with graphics.
  • Tutorials: Text-based tutorials with illustrations teach, but do not have exams or certificates. Here is one we recommend.
    https://www.tutorialspoint.com/computer_fundamentals/computer_quick_guide.htm

    • It is for beginners as well as advanced learners who want to learn about computers. If you complete this tutorial, you will have a moderate level of knowledge of computer basics from where you can take yourself to the next level.
  • Courses: offer the kind of properly structured learning you will get at college or university, with text (Tutorials), graphics and some videos and tests. Some allow you to learn for free but once you want a certificate, you will need to pass and pay a fee.

 

STEP BY STEP

The following list is an overview of computer skills from beginner to advanced, including programming skills.

Each item from 1-6, has a brief explanation (below) and numerous links where you can educate yourself and/or take a course. Although you may be tempted to ignore the earlier items with the thought that ‘I know that’, you may be surprised, so it may be useful to check each one.
Where online links are given please remember that these resources are being updated all the time so search for alternative options if you are not happy with the one we suggest.

For more on each of the following career options, click on the links provided.

  1. Computer Literacy.
  2. Hardware
  3. Operating Systems (OS)
  4. Internet
  5. Applications
  6. Programming
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