A lot of people have started to learn to code. If you got to social networks hashtags related to coding are a rising trend. The site Hackernoon even has an article on the subject.
The catch here is that everyone can learn to code, but that doesn't necessarily make them a good or even proper developer.
A lot of programmers on the market are able to build stuff with some cookbook recipes and then surf the Web (i.e. Stackoverflow) until it's no longer a broken piece of software.
Employers need to assess if you're the real deal or not. So you can prove your worth with decent activity on an open source side project, past project experience where your old boss can recommend your work, being a certified professional. But maybe you don't have the time (or luck) to have none of these things.
When all else fails, accept the challenge and show them what you've got. Think of it as public speaking mixed with a training session where you are the trainer.
If you think anyone can learn something, than you have to stand out from the rest.
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