[python-uk] Coding "Bootcamps"

Nicholas H.Tollervey ntoll at ntoll.org
Wed May 18 11:43:14 EDT 2016

For what it's worth... my degrees in music and philosophy are the best
investment of time and effort I ever made. I use the skills I learned
whilst taking those courses *every* day in my job as a programmer and I
also believe I'm a better person as a result.

My computing degree, on the other hand, is completely out of date and
most of it was an exercise in passing exams so I could get my first job.

If I'm ever hiring people and notice they have backgrounds in the arts
and/or humanities along with evidence of autodidactic and competent
coding skills via open source projects they usually get my immediate



On 18/05/16 16:11, Andy Robinson wrote:
> On 18 May 2016 at 15:52, Zeth <theology at gmail.com> wrote:
>> My degrees are in econometrics and theology, and I also somehow found
>> myself making a living from writing code. I know theology is much more
>> practical than philosophy but I am sure the same logic applies*
> There was a great Tim Ferriss podcast where he interviewed Alain de
> Boton about what philosophy is and whether it's useful.  From memory,
> Alain said something like  "If you can ONLY do it in a university and
> there are no jobs in the outside world, that's a sign that your
> profession has gone off the rails somewhere...".
> Although Google did recently hire a philosopher, I believe...
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