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Can I became a programmer with B.A ?

Does it require degree with skill as well..
And can one handle graphic designing with programming

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Roberto’s Answer

Hi,

Absolutely YES, this is a field where - like @john said above - training and practice make a big difference. Programming is also so diverse that even a B.S only scratches the surface, the gap is not that large. As a matter of fact I know more than one great programmer that started out majoring in other fields such as Law or Psychology. I have even known good programmers that started out as real estate agents.

As with any profession (or new profession) you will need to put a lot of hours, a LOT of hours, before you are really proficient but it is completely doable and what I recommend is a lot of practice, tackling easier and smaller tasks first so you can see soon what you can do and build upon that. I would also recommend you to find someone already in the field and seek their ongoing guidance on practical matters and details.

Programming is one of those fields where all you need is your brain and can be done from anywhere, affording you great freedom.

Good Luck !

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John’s Answer

While a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree does not typically focus on computer science or programming, it is possible for someone with a B.A. to become a programmer. With the right training and experience, anyone can learn the skills necessary to become a programmer.

To become a programmer, you will need to have a solid understanding of programming languages such as Python, Java, C++ and JavaScript etc. You can start by learning programming concepts, algorithms and data structures in an online course or bootcamp. Also you can gain experience by working on personal projects and contributing to open-source projects.

If you want to pursue a career as a programmer, it may be beneficial to pursue additional education or certifications in computer science or programming. You can also explore options like a Master's degree in computer science or a bootcamp or course that focus on a particular programming language or technology.

Ultimately, it's possible to become a programmer with a B.A. degree, but you may need to put in extra effort to gain the necessary skills and knowledge. And also you have to be prepared for a steep learning curve, and be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to master the field.
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Melissa’s Answer

I won't repeat all the same great advice given by others, but I would just like to highlight that yes, a Bachelor's degree has become the standard to just get your resume looked at. Some degrees related to programming come out of the Engineering college or the Business college at a university. Some majors have more programming classes than other majors. While getting a degree with programming courses is highly beneficial, it was already pointed that many people who have had no programming courses in college end up working in software development. That road will be longer, but it is doable. Once you get a job at a company that has an IT department, you can typically change jobs during your career. I see it happen very often! Best of luck!
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Nandini’s Answer

Hello Kalyani,

Some people do enter software development careers with a BA degree and completing programming courses. You don’t need to be a genius, but you need to be hardworking, and you need to find an employer who will hire you with a BA degree and programming courses.

You don’t even need an underlying course in computer science (CS), or even in Math, but it helps. Regardless, you need to get involved in professional development and experiential learning starting early.

Most devs have short careers, between 2–10 years. They go on to do other things, such a managing a team, teaching, HR, and sometimes that involves another degree. Some do earn advanced degrees in computing and stay in development, either to gain advanced skills, earn a computing credential when they didn’t already have one, or both (as was the case for me). An advanced degree can accelerate a dev career, but isn’t necessary.

Hope my answers help you out. Have a great rest of your day!
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Sachin’s Answer

Before joining any career, find out first if it really interests you.
To become a designer, try your hands at https://www.figma.com/
Also try Adobe products, they are many of them...google it and you will be able to find.
Check if you are loving it. and if yes, go for it.
Graphic / Web Designing / Animation are highly sought after fields and they don't necessarily look for Engineers but skills and creativity.
Start working as freelance or find a group and you will slowly find yourself transitioning to a Full Stack Developer (that is Design with programming).
All the Best
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Angelo’s Answer

Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more with Roberto’s answer. The possibilities are endless.

Remember one thing, there’s always a better to do something..

All the best and good luck.
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Lauren’s Answer

Amazing advice! Many times education can be made up with demonstrated experience. Advanced degrees will open many doors but project experience is inalienable.

Think about building a portfolio (an option here: https://nira.com/how-to-create-a-github-portfolio/) made up of different programming projects that exhibit your skills in different programming languages, machine learning languages, or statistical techniques.

Once you've accomplished some foundational concepts, look for freelance work, volunteer work, or internships that will increase your experience (an option here: https://www.fiverr.com ).

Absolutely you can land a position as a programmer with a B.A. but once the advanced degree has opened the interview door be prepared with relevant experience that demonstrates your skillset!!

Stay learning and all the best to you Kalyani
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