Do you need a college education to have an IT career ?

Some very good advice from a former colleague I have a lot of respect for.

Vijay's thoughts on all things big and small

One of the most common questions I get from my younger colleagues and mentees is about the value of college education in pursuing an IT career .

In my early 20s, I had one big regret – I did not go to a big name US college to get a degree . My engineering and MBA degrees were from University of Kerala in India . A lot of my friends did take their degrees – some times a second degree even – from reputed US schools . I had some kind of an inferiority complex about that when I started out – but I got over it at some point soon.

Education in India is not as expensive as it is in the US . Four years of engineering college and two years of MBA together cost about $5K including food, travel, hostel and so on . My parents picked…

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