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AthabascaU VS YorkU For Computer Science

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AthabascaU VS YorkU For Computer Science

I currently have a 2 year diploma in software engineering from Sheridan College. I think getting my degree would be the best option as I have no work experience and am struggling to find developer work. Which one should I go with?

Athabasca:
+ Will take around 2 years or less to complete
+ Can work and try to get developer experience while doing the program
- The degree is in Computer Information Science (CIS) and not Computer Science (CS), not sure if this makes a difference
- It is an online degree, not sure if employers care about this or not

York:
+ An actual university, might help when getting jobs
+ Has an internship portion if I decide to do an extra year
- Will take around 3 years to complete
- Cannot work while doing the program, or only limited times to do so (in the summer or during internship)

I eventually want to work for more well known companies in Canada (AMD, Shopify, etc) or move to USA and work for even bigger companies (Google, Amazon, etc) within 5 years of graduating hopefully.
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WeebRonin wrote: I currently have a 2 year diploma in software engineering from Sheridan College. I think getting my degree would be the best option as I have no work experience and am struggling to find developer work. Which one should I go with?

Athabasca:
+ Will take around 2 years or less to complete
+ Can work and try to get developer experience while doing the program
- The degree is in Computer Information Science (CIS) and not Computer Science (CS), not sure if this makes a difference
- It is an online degree, not sure if employers care about this or not

York:
+ An actual university, might help when getting jobs
+ Has an internship portion if I decide to do an extra year
- Will take around 3 years to complete
- Cannot work while doing the program, or only limited times to do so (in the summer or during internship)

I eventually want to work for more well known companies in Canada (AMD, Shopify, etc) or move to USA and work for even bigger companies (Google, Amazon, etc) within 5 years of graduating hopefully.
Going to York and doing an internship would probably be the best option. Getting a job without any experience is pretty hard to do these days with the way the job market is now.
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York or any other physical university. Employers will laugh and throw out your resume when they see Athabaska university on it.
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From what I understand, the tech industry is generally school-/qualification-agnostic and heavily rely on what you've done. That's a good thing; because it saves you from spending time/money to get a piece of paper.

How's your portfolio? Build that up and get Sheridan to help you to find work.

Sheridan also has a Bachelor of Applied Computer Science in Mobile Computing: https://academics.sheridancollege.ca/pr ... -computing
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With Athabasca, you still end up with no work experience, with just a piece of paper. York with co-op is much better deal.
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KevCnew wrote: From what I understand, the tech industry is generally school-/qualification-agnostic and heavily rely on what you've done. That's a good thing; because it saves you from spending time/money to get a piece of paper.

How's your portfolio? Build that up and get Sheridan to help you to find work.

Sheridan also has a Bachelor of Applied Computer Science in Mobile Computing: https://academics.sheridancollege.ca/pr ... -computing
I have a few projects that i've made. One involving crypto gambling, a few bots for popular applications/websites, and android games. Not sure if these projects are any good, would like some advice on what to make. The Sheridan bachelors will take around the same amount of time as the one from York, I would rather go to a real University in that case.
teoconca wrote: With Athabasca, you still end up with no work experience, with just a piece of paper. York with co-op is much better deal.
I heard it's only an internship in the 4th year for York CS.
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WeebRonin wrote: I currently have a 2 year diploma in software engineering from Sheridan College. I think getting my degree would be the best option as I have no work experience and am struggling to find developer work. Which one should I go with?

Athabasca:
+ Will take around 2 years or less to complete
+ Can work and try to get developer experience while doing the program
- The degree is in Computer Information Science (CIS) and not Computer Science (CS), not sure if this makes a difference
- It is an online degree, not sure if employers care about this or not

York:
+ An actual university, might help when getting jobs
+ Has an internship portion if I decide to do an extra year
- Will take around 3 years to complete
- Cannot work while doing the program, or only limited times to do so (in the summer or during internship)

I eventually want to work for more well known companies in Canada (AMD, Shopify, etc) or move to USA and work for even bigger companies (Google, Amazon, etc) within 5 years of graduating hopefully.
You didn't mention how old you are in your post. That does make a difference in your job search. CIS is not the same as a CS degree - CIS being a correspondence course is kind of iffy in my opinion. Your success depends on the hiring manager in the company, how she/he views the correspondence course. There are some HR people who will be impressed at how you are able to complete this course and work at the same time (like myself). Keep in mind you will be competing for a career with those who are fresh out of school with degrees from well regarded Universities ie. UofT, UofWestern Ontarion, Queen's etc.. It depends on how you sell yourself. Good Luck!!
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York. Great profs, research labs, industry connections, and good program overall.

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