Question for you nsofra... do recruiters like look-down at developers who got their education through a bootcamp? I ask because I am a self-taught Front-End Developer about to start a 9 month online boot camp class for Full-Stack through Lambda. I look at job posts from time to time, just to get an idea of what employers are looking for, and it seems they all want someone with Computer Science Degree. So I am wondering if recruiters would even give someone like me the time of day once I complete the boot-camp? Thank you for your time :)
Great question! It strongly depends on the culture and type of the organization you're applying for. Just as an example, fintech or biotech companies are kinda conservative environments and educational background probably matters. I still strongly advise you to go for it when you come across a job ad you feel comfortable applying for and this is why:
Job descriptions usually describe an ideal candidate persona, which is a profile of their IDEAL candidate. It comes down to the hiring costs: can the company afford to wait for the ideal candidate? On the other hand, most of the startups know talent has nothing to do with cs degree and you'll probably have more success starting your career there.
Since you're into frontend, focus on building some kind of a portfolio even before you consider applying. Like building a simple page for your friend's business, an NGO or such. Experience is more important than education, and you need to start building to gain experience. Hope this helps. It deserves a post, for sure :D
Thank you so much for the feedback! This is exactly what I was wanting to know. I know in the boot-camp we will work on portfolios. I had to prepare a website explaining why the should accept me jen-stewart.netlify.app/
so maybe that can be the start to my portfolio! And I will definitely try to make some sites for friends and families in the meantime :)
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