Thank you to FreeCodeCamp! Especially @QuincyLarson!
Here is my story:
For the past 2.5 years I have been studying web development through FreeCodeCamp. I struggled greatly with learning the back-end so six months ago I enrolled in a online coding bootcamp called Thinkul. Great curriculum and I would definitely recommend the mentorship structure of the program but in the end, what led to me getting the job was I was encouraged to do more networking. I went to a meetup and I met a guy who was interested in what I was doing at Thinkful and so I showed him my projects. He showed his boss and next thing I knew they were offering me a job!
For everyone’s reference, the job is with a software consultancy company in Atlanta, GA and they offered me $55k with a $5000 sign on bonus, $2000 annual tech budget and it’s remote three days a week!
Best of luck to all of you! I had my ups and downs along this path. Prior to Thinkful, I had a couple stressful job interviews that didn’t pan out. Just keep pushing forward. Don’t let the rejection get you down. You are getting better through the process and some company will be lucky to have you on their team. Don’t don’t DON’T discount networking. It definitely was the missing piece of the puzzle that I failed to embrace early enough. I believe I would have had a job sooner, if I had networked more.