Wednesday, January 23, 2008

College isn't the end of learning

Nobody knows what a CS degree should be teaching, but it doesn't matter. College can't teach everything needed to be successful in a future job; the decisions made about curricula will always be random choice from a myriad of possibilities, and there will always be people who think those choices were bad.

Once I get a job, the rest of life will have little to do with what I'm learning in school and everything to do with my personal drive and learning patterns. The cool things I learn are almost never in class, but through my own study. This won't change when I graduate, and it's this capacity to learn on my own that will determine what kind of employee I'll be.

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