Self-taught computer scientists

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jobSkills.center regularly publishes surveys on the Linkedin platform. One of them portrays the suitability of the IT profession with self-taught training. The profession is frequented by many autodidacts who fell into the pot when they were small or later for others.

Self-taught and computer training Learning

Computer skills on your own is quite possible and there are thousands of profiles that can attest to this. Of course, I already hear graduates in computer science claim that learning can only be very basic and / or does not provide the same “quality” of know-how. What could be more normal than defending long years of study and hard-earned diplomas! But in a purely educational logic, training in computers is akin to the former in cooking or DIY. To train you must start by acquiring the necessary tools for the exercise of its activity.

To understand the world of infrastructure, for example, servers, switches, cables, racks, software licenses, etc. will require a little space and financial means. Development concepts will require less surface area but may require compiler or DBMS licenses. Open-source and free downloadable languages ​​and databases have also broadened the development of this learning model. Finally, the job of project manager will require an assimilation of processes, whether on the business side or on the organization and monitoring side of the work. Nothing impossible then, especially when you are motivated.

Need for professional retraining and to live his passion

Generally speaking, learning on your own is very often motivated by a strong interest in an activity or a hobby. In most cases, self-taught computer learning occurs in professional retraining situations primarily motivated by the expression of a passion. The hacker geek, passionate about obscure sites, will develop his knowledge in IP protocol and will seek to implement system and network configurations. The fullstack geek wakes up at night to jump on his keyboard and solve the bugs of the lines of codes of his day. Of course, there is also the appeal of a vibrant professional sector that opens up possibilities for those looking for work. However, the majority of people who are self-taught in computer science have chosen to acquire these skills out of a passion for the field of activity.

Self-taught and validation of prior learning

One of the big difficulties of self-study and a self-taught approach is the validation of prior learning. If the autodidact has the chance to be integrated into a project team, he will be able to compare his knowledge with that of the other members of the team, reinforce it and demonstrate at the end of the mission an experience acquired on the job. But what about a profile looking for a job or a mission? By training yourself, demonstrating to your potential future employers and confirming to yourself your understanding of a concept or the logic of a technique can go through the passage of certifications.

Fortunately in this area, there are plethora of certifications that anyone can take individually at one of the many Person Vue or Prometric centers.

Existing means for training

To acquire knowledge and / or give yourself the chance to succeed in your certification, there are several training avenues:

  • Join a training center session (Orsys, M2i, Agenius, etc.) and benefit from funding support via your training account
  • Join paid or free MOOC sessions to remotely follow lessons on the topics sought. Some courses include continuous assessments and award diplomas at the end of the session, subject to having obtained the minimum points required for multiple choice questions of course.
  • Acquire educational books to read and learn the subject concerned without assistance.

Note the rich library of ENI editions which delivers a great deal of quality content on the technologies of the computer world.

Self-taught and search for missions

Once trained, or even certified and / or graduated, it remains to find work or assignments. The predominant criteria for recruitment in France are:

  • The course of study followed (Bac and bac +) and the diplomas obtained
  • Available certifications
  • the experience acquired in previous missions
  • Available references   
  • We can  say that the autodidact who will not be able to demonstrate a satisfactory minimum level on one of these four points has almost no chance of winning the holy grail.

Culturally, in France, in the recruitment process, particular attention is paid to the initial level and course of study, while the Anglo-Saxon countries pay more particular attention to the aspects of the candidate’s interpersonal skills with in particular the enthusiasm, energy, motivation it gives off.

Finally, wouldn’t training in addition to English be the solution for autodidacts? 😉