A few years ago I completed a Biology BSc (Scottish degree) but decided I didn't really want to follow that career path. I decided to do a conversion IT with Web Development MSc (which I passed with merit), hoping that it would maybe allow me to get entry into a career as a developer. In a way it has, I have been working for over a year creating basically scripts in a rather old database language (Dataflex 3.2!) as well as doing other odd programming jobs which no one else had time or inclination to do at the company I work for.
However, I am at a point where I am not really enjoying the job much, just because I don't feel I am learning much or developing anything at all exciting. I am fairly well off and have enough money to live off for a year or so, or pay a 3 or 4 of tuition fees at uni.
I mention the latter because I have been considering going back to uni and doing a CS degree, so I can maybe get a better development job. However, I would much rather focus on learning C# (which isn't really offered) and getting MSCD / building of a portfolio of projects for a year or so. It would obviously be a lot cheaper than self funding a degree, but I have heard mixed review of how useful certifications are. Some people seem to say they are a great platform for getting into a C# job, others that employers ignore them. I actually know of some people who have manged to get to job interview stage on basis of certifications and got the job because they proved there skill in interviews. But I am not sure if this is unusual.
If anyone wants to share their experience of either, I would very much appreciate hearing from you.