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Self Study Computer science or learn certifications?

Hello, should I Self Study Computer science or learn certifications? I want to get a headstart but I don't know which one to choose.

- There are certifications online in freecodecamp, and there are around 15 of them. They each take around 300 hours to complete each, and I plan to do around 3-5 of them If I choose this path.

- In Github, someone created a full list of computer science courses needed to have a bachelor's degree in computer science without the general education. They estimated that it will take around 2 years to complete. It's been created by OSSU.

 
learn certifications
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Need qualification for a job or college credit - get the certification depending on if the job accepts it or see if you can get transfer credit through a community college, which will be cheaper than at university. That's assuming you can't or don't want to take AP Comp Sci.

If this is just a hobby or you expect you'll have to take an intro course in college anyway, self-study.

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Yeah, I plan to take an intro course anyway. I just want to have a headstart on my career. My parents won't allow me to go to community college, so I guess I'll self study!

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7 months ago

@purplemarsh,

If you genuinely want to show your passion for computer science to the universities, it wouldn't matter if you took certifications or self-studied for it as long as you are able to work successfully on a project and show that you can actually put your knowledge to use.

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