How to Become a Software Engineer Even Without a Degree (In 12 weeks)

It is not necessary to acquire a degree to work as a developer. I've seen an art teacher or even someone with no degree make it to major tech firms like Google, Facebook, Uber, and others. In this blog, I'll tell you all you need to know about becoming a software engineer in 12 weeks without a degree.

Cons of pursuing formal computer science degree for 4 years

The disadvantages are self-evident: time and money. Completing a computer science degree is highly expensive, and it generally takes at least four years. Despite these disadvantages, many colleges do not teach the most recent technology stack; in fact, many universities offer programming in c or java rather than javascript and python. To be clear, understanding the fundamentals of programming is crucial, but many tech companies are seeking for a practical software engineer, which is someone who can code and develop the real application from start to finish.

Many startups and large corporations (for example, Google) do not need applicants to hold a formal degree as long as they have the necessary technological skills. This is also something we believe at Devupgrade, where we want our students to be able to develop real-world projects and interact with other engineers. If you want to try it out, we are now providing FREE classes.

How much software engineer really can make?

I believe there are several answers to this issue, but I will offer one in terms of my past salary as a software engineer (even without a degree).

Who am I and how can I help you get the job as software engineer (even without degree)?

My name is Liam, and I'd like to give you a brief story of how I got a job as a software engineer at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco.I have several years of experience as a senior software engineer in different teams and am one of the instructors at Devupgrade.

The secret sauce for getting into top tech companies like Uber is mastering technical skills. By mastering your technical skills, I recommend learning one or two languages and being able to develop real-world software applications from start.

If you're reading this, you're in good because I'm going to offer my FREE 5-day course plan for landing a job as a software engineer and earning six figures.

The FREE course will cover the following

  • Roadmap to become developer in 2022

  • Which programming language you should learn first

  • How to learn code fast in 3 months (step by step)

  • The real number on how much software engineer can make

  • My daily schedule to learn programming

Steps to learn and master how to code

  1. Set aside time each day to focus on coding learning.

  2. Get the most up-to-date and straightforward roadmap to becoming a software developer.

  3. Create software developers communities to learn and discuss coding with.

  4. Master one or two programming languages.

  5. Find an experienced mentor who has assisted others in obtaining a career as a software engineer.

  6. Working on an open source project or working as a freelancer.

  7. Create a strong software engineer resume..

What are Some Alternatives to a Formal 4 years Computer Science Degree?

Knowing all of the disadvantages of obtaining a four-year CS degree, here are several alternatives, along with the benefits and drawbacks of each.

  1. Coding Bootcamp

  2. Self Study

  3. Devupgrade -> Self Study with Community

Coding Bootcamp


  • There is a well-defined roadmap for learning to code.

  • Coding may be learned in as little as 12 weeks.

  • You have a solid peer network with which to learn coding.


  • It cost around $10,000 - $40,000 to complete the program.

  • You will need to devote consistent time to mastering all of the programming concepts.

Self Study


  • There are several low-cost options available, such as Udemy and Coursera.

  • You can study on your own time.


  • You study on your own, with no mentor or classmates to support you when you get stuck.

  • You don't have a clear plan for what you want to study, so you're focused on a variety of topics.

  • You may wind up studying a lot of theory without any actual experience of building real world software applications.



  • Provides a wide range of programming subjects in the form of live videos, offline videos, blogs, and many more that are both FREE and INEXPENSIVE.

  • There is a well-defined roadmap for learning to code.

  • You have a solid peer network with which to learn coding.

  • Coding may be learned in as little as 12 weeks.

  • You can study on your own time.


  • You will need to devote consistent time to mastering all of the programming concepts.

Resources to help you self-study

Through many iterations, we believe having the right resources are very important. These are few of those

  1. How to become software engineer roadmap 2022.

  2. Devupgrade (by joining the communities)

  3. Udemy

  4. Harvard CS 50 - Into to Computer Science

  5. Eloquent Javascript

  6. Head First Javascript


It is not necessary to have a formal computer science degree to get a job as a software engineer. The most crucial requirement for landing a job is to be able to demonstrate that you possess the necessary technical abilities as well as a positive attitude that encourages you to continue learning and is easy to work with.

I'm happy you made it this far; please let me know if you're a self-study or bootcamp student in the comments section below so I can direct you to the appropriate resources. Make sure to take advantage of the FREE 5-day course on how to earn a six-figure salary as a software engineer.