How to Become a Successful Programmer without a Degree

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Updated: Apr 06, 2020

How to Become a Successful Programmer without a Degree

If you want to become a successful programmer, but you don’t have any formal qualifications such as a degree, it is still possible. Although programming is a skilled profession, you don’t actually need to have any accreditations as you need for finance or law. That said,  programmers who have a degree tend to find it easier to find a programming job as an employer doesn’t have to take as much of a risk on them. However, this doesn’t mean that all is lost; what it is worth doing is focusing on the below to help you to become a successful programmer without a degree.

Do your Research

It’s always hard when you first start out, especially if you don’t have any previous experience or any formal qualifications, such as a degree. It is crucial to understand vital aspects of programming and thankfully there are lots of tutorials available online which will guide you on this need to know areas.


It’s not just professional essay writers who work on sites such as as freelancers. If you have the enthusiasm and the talent, then consider freelancing as a programmer and this will be a good way of getting your foot into the industry. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is easy to freelance, but the good news is many aspects of work that programmers do are in high demand. Quite often, a lot of programmers start off working as freelancers and enjoy it more than they may have originally thought. This then means they continue to work as freelancers going forward. 

Show Enthusiasm

When hiring manager’s interview potential candidates, they are looking for enthusiasm. Even if you have a degree in programming, it does not necessarily mean that you show enthusiasm and actually want to work with computers. It’s easy to have the technical knowledge that is required, but there’s no way of hiding a lack of enthusiasm. One way of showing your enthusiasm for programming is by highlighting the projects that you enjoy working on when you have any spare time. Additionally, your enthusiasm will shine if you have some knowledge of the different methodologies used in programming. Again, don’t worry if you don’t have this knowledge, all you need to do is some research and get to grips with how they work and this will highlight how eager you are to learn.


Another good idea would be to start a blog related to programming. It could be that you’re building a project or you’re contributing to someone else’s project, so consider creating lessons related to this. Alternatively, you could create a blog which provides tips and tricks related to the world of programming and if you’re up to it, you could even get more intricate and more technical with your blog content. Regardless of the reason for blogging, the overall aim is to build some credible authority. Remember to share your posts, as this is a great way of gaining followers and this may also help you to create new relationships with people who could recommend you to potential employers. 

Further Develop your Skills

If you work in an environment where you work on a computer, you may find that this is a much more valuable environment to work in if you want to get into the field of programming. This is instead of working in an industry that’s not related to it. Quite often, companies are happy to provide you with opportunities to progress your growth and this could include training or going on courses. If you are able to show a company how training you will help them as a company, it is very likely that they will support your desire for training.


The good news is, the technology sector is a friendly place to be and there are lots of groups for those that are enthusiastic about it. These groups are open to people of different ability levels and it’s even possible to participate in technical conferences where, as a volunteer, you can see these talks take place and help. These conferences are an excellent opportunity for asking questions, as well as learning new things by using other people’s experiences. When you participate in these conferences you are able to pick up on which skills are most in-demand and the companies that are looking to hire for these specific skills. You’ll also be able to find out what you should learn about and what to research next.

It’s a great time to start a career in programming and there is a huge need for talented programmers. Although the internet has been around for many years now, it can be said that we are still at the early stages of it. Therefore, if you have a passion and the knowledge, then it’s likely that you will be able to get yourself into this industry, irrespective of whether you hold a degree.


Sophia Rodreguaze


Sophia is the contributing editor at She writes about anything and everything related to technology.

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