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Can You Become a Programmer Without a University Degree?

Feb 7, 2020 9:59:55 AM

The short answer is, yes. You can become a programmer without earning a university degree in computer science or software engineering. 

The longer answer is a bit more complicated. Starting your career without a degree will mean doing quite a bit of self-study and self-training. You need to be a hard worker and highly motivated to succeed. 

The truth is, this field is big (there are hundreds of programming languages!) and it’s changing all the time. Even with a degree, you’ll spend a lot of time studying new tech and teaching yourself new skills. 

So this begs the question: If you don’t want to go to university, what’s the best way to get your programming career off the ground? 

Meet Chao: My Experience in Herzing's Programmer Analyst Program

Oct 25, 2019 2:14:45 PM

Photo: Chao Zhang at his desk at Jesta, where he was hired as a full-stack software developer after graduating from Herzing's Programmer Analyst program.

When Chao Zhang enrolled in the Programmer Analyst program at Herzing, he had virtually no experience in software development. He had a degree in Electrical Engineering and had worked as a game tester - but that was it.

Looking to get into the industry as fast as possible, Chao signed up for the 15-month accelerated program. He graduated in March, 2019 and landed an impressive job as a full-stack software developer for Jesta I.S.

Jesta is a global software company with a 50 year track record of quality products. They were recently named the #1 software vendor for retail businesses.

We interviewed Chao this week to find out how work is going, and what he thought of Herzing's program. We asked him to rate the quality of the instructor, the skills he learned, and his overall experience at Herzing.

Here's what we found out.

What’s it Really Like to Study 3D Animation at Herzing?

Oct 16, 2019 11:30:43 AM

Herzing College campus in downtown Montreal

Did you know that Montreal is considered one of the best cities in the world to start an animation career? It’s home to a wide range of 3D and 2D animation studios, and attracts tons of projects and talent from all over the world. 

According to industry research by Montreal International, the animation industry provides over 30,000 jobs in audio-visual production. And as a whole, Quebec has enjoyed an 88% rise in animation contracts since 2017. This sector is really booming. 

Top 5 Computer Networking Problems You’ll Face at Your First Job

Sep 5, 2019 1:03:18 PM

As a freshly hired computer network administrator or technician, your top goal is to ensure the network you’re responsible for is secure, optimized, and free from disruptions. 

For businesses, a well-oiled network means improved productivity, increased profit, and more satisfied customers. And with so many daily processes and transactions relying heavily on high performing networks, talented administrators are in very high demand. 

Taking Interior Design? 4 Bizarre Materials That are Trending Right Now

Aug 29, 2019 11:46:30 AM

The interior design industry is constantly changing and evolving. Every year brings a fresh crop of trends - some are just passing fads, while others completely alter the way we think about creating spaces.

Are you just beginning your interior design training? This is a very exciting time to enter the industry. There is so much new technology and innovation in design...the possibilities are virtually endless.

And that brings us to the topic of today’s post: truly strange and bizarre design materials that are becoming increasingly popular among designers and clients.

Meet Karlo: Here's What I Think of Herzing's 3D Animation Program

Aug 22, 2019 12:09:26 PM

3D animation student, Karlo Gino, with his two children at the Herzing College Montreal campus 

Ever since he was a kid, Karlo Gino has loved action figures and animated TV shows and movies. But his home country offered no form of animation training...so he put that dream aside, and became a civil engineer instead.

Karlo spent 16 years in the engineering field before immigrating to Canada in 2016. Once settled in Montreal, he discovered there were several animation colleges to choose from throughout the city.

Suddenly, his dream of becoming an animator was possible. He enrolled in the 3D program at Herzing, and almost 24 months later, is about to achieve his life-long goal of a career in animation.

How Do You Become an Interior Designer? Your First 5 Steps

Jul 29, 2019 1:33:26 PM

Think you have a natural talent for organizing and decorating spaces? Considering becoming an interior designer, but have no idea how to get started?

You've come to the right place! In this post, we provide a mini-roadmap for starting a career in interior design. You don't need a university degree to break into this field. But you do need solid training, hard work, some natural talent, and some professional design experience.

Pros & Cons of Becoming a Programmer Analyst: Should You Go For It?

Jul 2, 2019 1:08:38 PM

Updated November, 2020

If you're considering a career in tech, you might be veering toward fields like programming, network administration, or technical support.

These are all good options for someone who wants to train quickly for jobs that are in-demand and growing fast across the country.

Meet Sergkei: Interior Design Grad Lands Dream Job at Primo

Jun 20, 2019 10:25:33 AM

Imagine leaving your home, and travelling across the globe to study in a foreign country, in a foreign language, and build a career from scratch? With no family or professional contacts to help you?

That's exactly what Herzing Interior Design graduate, Sergkei Theocharis, did last year. He travelled all the way to Montreal from Greece, with the dream of starting a design career here in Montreal.

Sergkei just graduated from Herzing last month, and has already landed a pretty amazing interior design job at Primo International.

We interviewed him to learn more about his story, his experience at Herzing, and what he's doing now.

Here are the highlights from that conversation.

Top 7 Myths about Early Childhood Education, Training, and Careers

Jun 11, 2019 2:05:16 PM

Every occupation and industry has its myths and misconceptions. Unless you actually work in the field, it's easy to develop some false ideas about what it's all about, right?

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