Do you dream of becoming a programmer? Or perhaps you are planning a career switch to fulfill a lifelong goal of being a software developer. Regardless, anyone can learn software engineering and achieve a rewarding career in the field.
Obtaining a degree in Computer Science is one way, but there are other methods to learn software engineering even after tertiary education. The three most common ones are: self-learning, bootcamps, and postgraduate programmes like diplomas and Master’s degrees.
Gain insight into the tertiary and post-tertiary ways of learning software engineering at a glance, and review each method in detail below.
|Method||Cost||Duration||Curriculum Reputation||Typical Perception of Graduates|
|Computer Science degree||High (~S$14,000)||~4 years||Structured learning|
Good theoretical foundation
Relatively less practical exposure
|Good theoretical foundation, may not have practical software experience.|
Read more about the pros and cons of undertaking a computer science degree.
|Self-learning||Low||Flexible||Learning at your own pace|
Focus on practical skills
Lack of learning structure, mentors, and fellow peers for can make this method challenging
|No strong signal about level of proficiency|
Thinking of self-learning software engineering? Here are some resources.
|Postgraduate Program||High (~S$10,000)||1-2 years||Structured learning|
Students need to gain practical exposure in their own time
|Good theoretical foundation, unlikely to have practical software experience|
See more information about postgraduate programmes here.
|Bootcamp||Moderate (~$5000)||3-6 months||Structured learning|
Typically focused on practical skills, with little Computer Science knowledge being taught
|Less theoretical foundation, decent practical software experience through building applications.|
Interested in software engineering bootcamps in Singapore? Here are three reasons why they might be the choice for you.
Why Enrol in a Software Engineering Bootcamp to Become a Software Engineer
Comparison of Common Methods to Learn Software Engineering in Singapore
Should I Self-Learn Software Engineering?
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Postgraduate Software Engineering Programmes in Singapore