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You Don't Need A Degree To Get An IT Job In India [Personal Story]by@mayuruyam
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You Don't Need A Degree To Get An IT Job In India [Personal Story]

by mayur April 8th, 2020
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The former mechanical engineer dropped out of college after completing his second year. He wanted to start his own startup, and knew the way to get the capital he needed for that was to get into the IT field. He learned the basics of cybersecurity, the fundamentals of full stack development, and a number of languages. He is now happily working with a startup and the salary is fine too—for real industry fresher. If you really know your stuff, and are passionate and geeky you will really get a job anywhere, anyhow.
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Hey Hackers,

I'm a mechanical engineer dropout. I left just after completing my second year successfully. During that second year, I became increasingly fascinated by the idea of starting my own startup—and I knew the easiest and fastest way to get the capital I need for that, was to get into the IT field.

I knew mobile apps were on the rise. I decided to learn android.

I used to mug up the codes by heart, as I had no idea how things were actually working. Very slowly, I realised I would realistically have to learn java in order to make a mobile app, so I went right ahead with it and bunked a lot of college hours and give at least 60-70hrs/week to the project.

I finished learning the most important elements of java within two months.

At the same time, my college term ended. I packed my bags and went to Hyderabad to learn even more about technology—within four to five months, I'd covered the basics of cybersecurity, the fundamentals of full stack development, and a number of languages (which I never use now!), as well as sprinkling some AI on my brain. 👾

For the following five to six months, I played with new technologies, worked on my startup project, and I made money by doing jobs for IT professionals that I'd networked with when i was in the learning phase.

During this whole time, I didn't believe that I'd be able to get a job without a degree. I didn't even try, during that time.

As the new college term was beginning, what was supposed to be my third year, I took a gap year instead and moved back to my home-town.

After spending my holiday on self-study and part-time work, then dropping out of college and moving back home, the first thing I did was apply for jobs—just to try my luck.

I got two job offers as an experienced developer, since I'd done some very good projects while living and working part-time in Hyderabad.

I am now happily working with a startup, and the salary is fine too—for real industry fresher. 😊

So my conclusion is: if you really know your stuff, and are passionate and geeky you will really get a job anywhere, anyhow. Not everybody needs waste a lengthy amount of time in college learning things you probably won't use, and if you have any desire to be an entrepreneur in you, I would recommend you to start focusing on those goals right away—everything else can wait.