No College Degree. Will I Ever Be Able to Get a Job?

I’ve been practicing here multiple hours a day every day and doing Codewars besides. I’m learning at a very steady rate and I’m actually enjoying it immensely! My addiction to video games suddenly vanished and I’m now addicted to coding. It’s been only 2 weeks though so I’m a complete beginner still and the stage of looking for jobs is still far ahead.

On to the point of the topic. I failed out of college because I was severely depressed for several years and had no motivation to do anything productive in my life until recently. This site definitely helped breathe life back into me.

I decided to search for coding related internships and jobs online in my country (Egypt) out of curiosity, only to find out that all of them without a single exception required a college degree. Is what I’m doing now pointless? Will I never be able to have a job still regardless of how skilled I might eventually get? Also, what are my chances of ever working abroad? Would a company abroad be willing to hire a person with no college degree? Working and living abroad is the biggest dream of mine currently…


Don’t feel discouraged. There are plenty of remote jobs available for web developers. These jobs are only going to increase now, thanks to COVID-19. You could always try applying for them.
In the worst-case scenario, you could try alternative sources of income like freelancing.
Just focus on giving your best right now. Good Luck! :slight_smile:


My coding uncle said that if you know what you are doing, the newer companies don’t give a crap if you have a job or not. Just be confident and you will be fine.
By the way, I have been straight down your path no less than a few months ago. I cried myself to sleep because I didn’t know if I would ever have a career.


It’s significantly easier to get a STEM job with a degree but not having a degree does not necessarily prevent your from getting a STEM job.

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It depends. There are some companies that won’t hire you without a degree. There are some companies don’t like people with degrees. There are some that hate bootcamps. There are some that only want bootcamps. Some want a mix of people. Some don’t care.

It’s like asking if you can find a girl that likes a guy in a mustache. Sure. Some will love it. Some will hate it. Some won’t care. It doesn’t matter - you don’t have to get them all to like you - just the right one. It’s the same with jobs.

Does it lower your odds? A little. Does it make it impossible? No. I work for a major company where 80% of the people don’t have a computer degree - it’s one of those companies that wants a mix. There are all kinds out there. You don’t have to qualify for every job. You just have to qualify for some of them.


:smiling_face_with_three_hearts: your feed was motivating