I am wondering how important a college degree is for a programming job ... By that I mean to what extent would it hurt me not to have a college degree to eventually get hired for a programming job . If "programming job" is too vague , we can say C++ Jobs , or Node.js jobs , etc . . . ? Many people are telling me to extremely focus on education i just want to see your view in it Thankyou :)
While theoretically you can learn all this stuff without matriculating , attending a highly regarded university provides some confidence that you have learned the principles of how to do it right rather than just how to hack together something that works.
As a result, the degree is somewhere between being almost as good as a few years of prior professional experience and better than those years of experience. It will get you considered for jobs that otherwise would discard your application unread, and a good program will give you skills that you may not need in the first assignment but that will be more valuable than you expect later on.
University is also an excellent opportunity to learn life skills, and some of those -- like learning how to deal with difficult personalities -- are also more valuable than you might realize. Independent or online study really does not provide that, and it may affect your ability to retain a job or to work with others to maximize your impact and value.
I understand the temptation to look for shortcuts and cost savings, especially given that tuition at some schools is fairly obscene unless you can qualify for student aid or scholarships or can find a good work/study opportunity that pays a reasonable wage. But as far as I can tell, it remains mostly true that you get what you pay for.