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hi,

are there folks on here who went to a coding bootcamp (General Assembly, Makers, Le Wagon or any other) and have got jobs?

would love to hear some success stories. how easy or difficult was it to land jobs without degree
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(Original post by skateboardwhiz)
hi,

are there folks on here who went to a coding bootcamp (General Assembly, Makers, Le Wagon or any other) and have got jobs?

would love to hear some success stories. how easy or difficult was it to land jobs without degree
Hi skateboardwhiz

Great question, are you currently choosing A Levels? The good news is you definitely don't need a degree to find career success in coding. A bootcamp is the best route!

It's never 'easy' as you do have to put the work in, but as long as you've got a good portfolio of projects to showcase to employers, and you show that you are passionate about coding and have the right skills, a bootcamp is all you need

As a Learning People Rep I'm going to be a tad bias, but our coding bootcamp has helped lots of students find a role without a degree. Just this week, we've seen two of our students get hired as a Front End Developer, both at a web agency and in-house at a tech company.

Feel free to check out our blog if you'd like to find out a little more about what we do and I'm always happy to answer any questions.

Jenny
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Hey, I'm currently a software engineer at a unicorn. If you're good you're good, and people can tell whether you are or not regardless if you have a degree or not, although I'd first see if you actually enjoy coding before going into a bootcamp and learning a few of the fundamentals.
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I'd argue that an apprenticeship is the better route vs coding bootcamp which is more of a speed-run and skimps on the fundamentals. I've interviewed candidates who only did a bootcamp and couldn't get much use out of it in terms of problem solving skills.
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A reminder that whenever you ask for success stories, you're likely to end up with a biased sample. For every success story, there could be 2, 5, 10 or more people who weren't successful.
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Lemme be frank with you, I went to school, joined all the programming clubs. Had an undying passion for it. So I went to university, what a bloody waste it was. I incurred a student loan/debt of 20k AUD, and dropped out at age 20.

Now I work at ServiceNow, a pretty big American technology company linkedin for proof. Did I need uni for my job? Probably to get me in the door. But was it the interview, my portfolio, how I sold myself and solved the programming challenges presented to me in the interview that got me in the door? Maybe? IDK.

Many people in my team didn't actually go to uni, and a crap tonne did. It depends on your natural ability, and ability to learn things on your own too. You may find you don't need a bootcamp nor uni, if you have the right connection and the right stroke of luck. Unfortunately I didn't have that much luck (with the whole bad uni situation/debt). The company took a chance on me with my little experience that I had (so I guess I had some luck here though).

Life works out in its own ways. You will find a way! Just persevere.
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