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Re^2: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills

by Ben Win Lue (Friar)
on Jan 25, 2006 at 09:01 UTC ( #525385=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
in thread (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills

Ok, Ok, Ok maybe american schools and universities are just better than those I went to!
But I think that of all skills I need at work today I learned

  • more than 25% before I went to school
  • less than 25% at school and university
  • 25% at my spare time, when I was at school and university
  • 25% at work
And I am quite sure that here in Germany you can get a CS degree with less communication skills than you need to order a meal in a restaurant. Ok, you have to be a genius...

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Re: (OT) Real World Skills Versus CS Skills
by jonadab (Parson) on Jan 25, 2006 at 14:11 UTC
    Ok, Ok, Ok maybe american schools and universities are just better than those I went to!

    Well, some are better than others, obviously, and that's true in every country, but in general you shouldn't be able to get a four-year degree in any subject without taking at least one communications course, most likely public speaking or somesuch, and if after taking a three-credit course in speaking you don't have the communication skills to order a meal in a restaurant, something is very wrong.

    Now, vocational schools obviously are another thing. Those types of schools often don't require you to take anything substantial outside your major field, so if your major is CS you won't have to take any communications, literature, history, biology, or art. A degree from that type of school is a different thing. It has value as a certification that you received a certain amount of training in the field in question, but that's all. A four-year degree from a traditional liberal-arts school implies more than that.

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