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I'm currently attending ITT Tech - Albany campus majoring in Software Programming. I've been attending the school for 9 months and so far it's been a good experience. My question is that did I make the right decision in attending this school??? I've heard more bad things than good about ITT. It honestly makes me nervous and paranoid that once I graduate I won't be able to get a job. My goal after graduation is to become a game programmer in a game development company. I know it takes hard work in order to break into the industry which motivates me to do my best. I've been practicing C++ on my own time, doing about 5-6 hours 3 days a week of individual programming. It's my dream since I was 10 to be part of the gaming world. Is ITT the wrong path?? (I hope not)

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There is no set path, right or wrong. I'll knock ITT as much as anyone on these forums, but if you know your stuff and can network effectively, that's less of a concern.

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O ok, I was just afraid that I would get bashed by a company because my resume would say that I'm an ITT tech grad, the school that every hates...


Most companies will care about what you can do, not where you went to school. If a particular company disqualifies you off the bat because of which school you went to, you don't want to work there anyway.

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O ok, I was just afraid that I would get bashed by a company because my resume would say that I'm an ITT tech grad, the school that every hates...


Not being able to make well formed forum posts properly is probably a more damning indictment than ITT...


Though I don't agree with alvaro. Companies will chuck your resume due to ITT. It's a fact of life. Each position gets piles of resumes, game positions doubly so. These need to get culled down to ~10 people to get phone screened somehow, and let's face it: all else being equal a Stanford grad is a lot more likely to be a good candidate than an ITT grad.

Every company does this.

Your job is to make sure that all else is not equal. Portfolio helps, open-source projects help, job experience helps a lot, but in the end the vast majority of jobs are still gotten via contacts. If you know someone who can put in a good word, and move your resume past the piles of other ones in the inbox (or tell you about the position before the job is ever posted publically) that's most of the battle.

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Does anyone know anybody from ITT that's been successful in the gaming industry?


Looks like they have decent courses to me. Is your program something like this one? -



Software Applications Development
Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

http://www.itt-tech.edu/campus/courses.cfm


If so, you at-least have a good foundation to build upon.

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Why did you pick an associate degree from ITT over a 4 year degree from 'regular' universities/community colleges? If time/finances are not an impediment I suggest you transfer whatever courses you can to a four year university. The reason I'm saying this is because, even if the chances of landing a good job with an associates degree from ITT were equivalent to the chances of landing a job with a 4 year degree from regular university(they probably aren't), getting a four year degree is much better for you in the long run.

I understand the temptation to treat education only as a 'requirement' to gain employment(the temptation is much higher if you are poor like me) but education is about much more than that.

Basically, my argument is:- if you can go to a 4 year university, screw ITT and go to one. If you can afford to choose between a 4 year university and ITT there is literally no compelling reason to pick ITT.

With all that said, if the choice was between not going to college and going to ITT, I would go to ITT.

Just my 2 cents.

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I'm going to have to second the four year college recommendation for primarily the following 3 reasons:

* You have to have a 4 year degree to get past the majority of HR departments.
* That is two more years of building your portfolio.
* That is two more years of networking with people.

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O ok, I was just afraid that I would get bashed by a company because my resume would say that I'm an ITT tech grad, the school that every hates...

It isn't the problem that you expect.

Let's look at your first line:
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ITT Tech - Albany campus majoring in Software Programming

On the one hand, the school offers accredited degrees. They meet certain standards.

On the other hand, that is a specialized trade degree, not an industry standardized degree. It is also a much shorter program than the industry standard degree.

In game development the typical programmer degree is in Computer Science. Accreditation requirements for the degree are standardized, unlike the specialized trade degree.


You can still find a job, you just need to be aware that your degree is not quite standard.

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Thanks guys for all the feedback. I've decided I'm going to leave ITT Tech and apply to Globe Institute of Technology in NYC. Wish me luck! Thanks again, you guys really were a big help.


... that doesn't seem much better... Even something like one of the SUNY's would be a step up.

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O....well do you know anything about Westwood College? Just spoke to an advisor there and they seem pretty good. (I swear I'm confused and don't know what to do, I'm honestly just trying to be successful. Now that my football career is over with, my dream to work at gaming development company is all I have...)

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O ok, I was just afraid that I would get bashed by a company because my resume would say that I'm an ITT tech grad, the school that every hates...


Not being able to make well formed forum posts properly is probably a more damning indictment than ITT...


QFE. Rule-of-thumb: Proper format is always important.

I had a hard time finding NateTheGreat22's question/s in the original ascii blob. So hard that I and many others are not even interested in whether they are interested to answer or not.

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@ phresnel....I'm sorry if this is my first time ever writing on a forum (sarcasm). Honestly I think I've received everything out of this "post" or w/e you want to call it. Again thanks @Telastyn, @frob, @zerowolf, @yudhishthir, and everyone else for the help, much appreciated.

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@ phresnel....I'm sorry if this is my first time ever writing on a forum (sarcasm).
It doesn't matter if the medium is unusual. If you want to work in a profession, you need to act professionally in *any* setting - and yes, that includes the internet.

Beyond that basic concern, when you apply for a job, chances are fairly good that someone at the company will google your name/screenname. You should be at least a little careful about what they will find...
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well do you know anything about Westwood College?
Westwood is another of these distributed online universities. You should be looking at a traditional 4-year university, one with a campus, etc.
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I swear I'm confused and don't know what to do, I'm honestly just trying to be successful.
If you just want to be 'successful', then game development is the wrong field: it has lower pay, longer hours and more stress than virtually any other computer science-related field.

If you are truly passionate about game development, then take the time to do it right. Ace your current semester at ITT, and attempt to transfer into a better 4-year university. If grades and/or finances are a problem, then a state school, probably one of the SUNY campuses. But if you have decent grades and can afford it, go for a high-end private institution: NYU is the obvious top-tier choice in that area, and there are several 2nd/3rd-tier schools as well.

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Even something like one of the SUNY's would be a step up.

"Even"? I'm an SUNY grad.


Eh sorry, old habits.

My school had a bit of a turf war/rivalry with one of the smaller campuses and I tend to remember it in that light.

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