I recently published a video on YouTube.
It covered my top 5 picks for Udemy web development courses for the 2019-2020 season.
While reviewing one of the courses, I mentioned how expansive the content was –– but also noted that the course alone probably couldn't make somebody a junior developer (despite the hyperbolic language often used in the marketing materials).
Two viewers asked a logical question: If a Udemy coding bootcamp course won't make you a junior developer, what will?
I thought this was a great question.
This was my response:
Becoming a jr. dev is so much more than just getting exposed to the tools and tech. In order to be a jr. dev (jr. dev = job ready newbie developer that is able to pass an interview & won't get fired their first month on the job) you need to be proficient with your tech communication skills, have a portfolio that goes beyond standard bootcamp projects (as 100,000 people have already done those projects and thus solved the same problem 100k times over), you need to understand how to read documentation & write basic documentation, your general problem solving skills need to be sharp (able to find a solution efficiently). Other things. It may seem like a lot of stuff and it is, but it's totally doable. . .
What other things do aspiring developers need in order achieve junior developer status? Or is junior developer merely a job title? Let's discuss!
Update: My video response: