I have recently been asking myself some tough questions about this journey. I have found this very beneficial from a personal enrichment standpoint, however does this make sense from a career standpoint?
My thoughts have been influenced by this week’s EconTalk discussion on MOOCs. John Cochrane put together a PhD level course on Asset Pricing on Coursera. The discussion left me with the question of how would employers look at completing a Coursera course (or other self-education) vs more traditional formal education (meaning college courses).
Based on my experience I know it is hard to make the case to employers that you know your stuff when you are self-taught. I have been interviewed for a web development gig where the hiring manager couldn’t believe that my work was mine. After all I don’t have a Computer Science degree.
So here is the question I am struggling with: Can I prove to people that I have the skills to get the job done even though I don’t have the sheepskin for a University?