**Has anyone landed a job after using Code Academy?
Daniel Perry, Founder of Reverse Tide - Resources & Coaching for Education/Careers
Answered Aug 17, 2016
I haven’t personally. However, I know that tons of people have started their programming with Code Academy and then branched off from there. It’s a great free tool that can teach you the basics of various languages. So what do people do? It’s pretty simple…
1 - Learn the basics. For many programmers, they need something simple just to get started. Code Academy makes it easy to learn simple examples in whichever language you choose and then apply it to some of the case studies they give. You aren’t penalized for going too slow, not knowing something, or getting an answer wrong. It’s meant to be a confidence booster for beginners.
2- Now you could probably complete all the lessons and code a basic app or website. And some clients are looking for that honestly. But you will have given yourself enough of a starter to know how to pursue more advanced study.
3 - So what do people do? They might go read more advanced books. Take more advanced courses. Work on projects.
4 - Then with enough experience, they have a lot of things. They have a great story about learning to code through self-motivation (demonstrates hard work, motivation, and the ability to learn - all employer desired traits). They should hopefully have done a few projects that they can attach to their resume/portfolio. And now they can apply for jobs that require development in the language they learned.
So yes, many have gotten jobs. Is their curriculum enough by itself to get a job? Doubtful. In fact no education program is enough. You have to learn more than just basic theory… you have to learn to apply it to a specific challenge that a specific employer is facing (and show how you can solve their challenge). You have to demonstrate your skill-set. You have to prove other skills besides simply “knowing a programming language”.**