I have two questions:
- People’s experience with online certificates from universities
- Any feedback on my current plan for learning and job search.
I’d love to hear from people who got a Bachelor’s in an unrelated field and later got a certificate or a Master’s from a prestigious university through an online program. Like UC Berkeley’s “Certificate Program in Software Development and Programming” or the online Master’s in Computer Science degrees at Stanford, Columbia, etc.
Did it get you the knowledge you wanted? Did it get you the improved career status for interviews you wanted? Was it worth the $4000 to $64,000?
I’ve studied an average of 2.5 hours a day since March, getting the 4 front end FCC certifications and the FCC APIs certification. I’ve made a portfolio and gotten AWS Cloud Practitioner certified.
Last week, I optimized my Linkedin for web developer jobs: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ystoneman. And I applied to 1 or 2 jobs for the first time.
Right away, I got lots of recruiter calls because of my updated LinkedIn. A few recruiters didn’t give me an interview because they knew they’d need someone with more experience. I did get 2 phone interviews…but both wanted someone with more experience.
That’s what I was expecting since those jobs wanted someone with lots of experience. I guess I did get a good ratio of interviews to applications and recruiter calls. And I could just keep applying. However, a week later, I guess I’m feeling unexpectedly discouraged by it.
My current plan is to do four more things before continuing to apply, based on the feedback on I got from recruiters and interviews:
- create a full stack cross-platform compatible React Native app for one of the nonprofits I’m involved with
- get a SQL certification from Microsoft, Oracle, or IBM.
- redo my portfolio main page using more front-end frameworks.
- add a testing suite in Chai or Jest to that React Native app, or to something else in my portfolio
I’m excited to hear anything you have to say about these two topics I’ve gotten a lot of encouragement reading everyone’s post on the “Getting a Developer Job” forum over the past year. Thanks to everyone!