Lee Warrick and Edwin Otero explore what it's like to break into the Tech field as junior developers as well as how to stay up-to-date on new technology.
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Bootcamps v Self-Taught v College

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Breaking into the Tech Industry Part Deux

We're continuing our breaking into tech series this week with bootcamps v college v self-taught learners.

So does it matter which route/path you take into tech? It's a question that's been asked many times and answered in twice as many ways.

We're biased as bootcamp grads ourselves, but we've worked with and interviewed computer science grads as well as self-taught developers.

At the end of the day, we don't feel like the path matters as much as the person, but listen in to hear our justifications on this week's episode!

Show Notes:

  • 1:01 - Intro
  • 1:43 - Does it matter how you learn to code?
  • 4:11 - You don't need a Computer Science Degree
  • 6:36 - The pitfalls of learning to program at a College
  • 12:21 - Trying to teach yourself is very difficult, but not for the reasons you might think

    • Building your own curriculum when you don't know anything about coding
    • Conflicting opinions on the internet
  • 17:25 - Bootcamps!
  • 18:37 - Different bootcamp programs
  • 19:36 - Part-time v Full-time and the time commitment for bootcamp students

    • "You can't have a baby in three months"
  • 21:52 - The benefits of in-person learning vs online

    • Career Services and Resume help/motivation
  • 26:12 - What we think about college grads v bootcampers v self-taught coders in interviews we've done
  • 29:27 - The different development jobs in the Tech Industry
  • 32:11 - The Best QA Story we've ever heard
  • 32:50 - Languages and what developers use them
  • 33:40 - You're ultimately in charge of your learning and your career, regardless of what path you take
  • 36:29 - Nerd Minute

    • Clone Wars
    • Bosch
Fri, August 7, 2020, 8:30 PM UTC