I live in Austin, TX. It’s not as weird as it used to be.
I’m here to vent, or to seek guidance, or just reassurance, as I’m finding the market here impossible to deal with. We have many bootcamps (which I can’t, or don’t want to try to, afford), we have experienced developers moving here from all over the country, and a major university with a computer science program that may or may not be up to par with current job-standards, but still yields CS grads at a pace I can’t keep up with.
Everything I hear from other people in the industry is that bootcamps aren’t worth it and that companies here won’t (often) hire bootcamp grads or junior developers. I work for a tech startup and I’ve seen it firsthand, as they won’t invest in engineering development, despite having quite a few people (myself included) with a lot of potential, and a huge amount of engineering work on the backlog. That said, I do have a couple of friends who were able to get an internship after completing a bootcamp, but even that feels like not enough reward for the monetary investment.
I have a pretty solid background, some tangentially-related development work experience, and some projects in my portfolio, so I think I should be in a good place for a junior position – but no luck so far.
Does anyone have advice for dealing with a difficult market? Do I move to another city? Attend the bootcamp? Or am I getting impatient and clouded by my own dissatisfaction with doing tech support? How do you value your own worth when there are hundreds of people with shinier resumes competing for the same jobs?