I love this community. You have all been so open handed with advice as I have learned to code. Thank you for being awesome. I am here once again because I need your advice on my next steps.
Over the past two years I have been working through the FCC curriculum and successfully completed the front end certification a whole year ago. Since then I have been applying to jobs while dabbling with the back end and learning a lot but not enough to put it on my resume.
Still no luck on a job. I feel as if I have tried everything. Part of my head says I need to network more but I am not sure if that would help as the overwhelming response from my city is that I need a degree if I am to get a job. I am in Richmond, VA and the number one employer is Capitol One. I have had three different employees who are friends vouch for me to try and get me a job at Capitol One but the answer is always the same. Need a degree. I haven’t even had so much as an interview.
Now I am facing a tough life decision as I actually NEED a job in the near future if I am going to survive. I am married with a child on the way and I am seeing the window closing on getting a developer job. My current job is only part time and is not in the tech sector. I do not have the finances to survive another year without getting employed into a full-time role.
I am tossing around the idea that attending a coding bootcamp might give me the extra boost in the eyes of employers but I have heard mixed reviews about how employers feel about bootcamps. I also would feel stupid for spending so much time learning things when I should’ve went to a bootcamp from the start.
Another idea I’ve had is trying to get a software developer degree from WGU (as Beau Carnes did). It would take more time but possibly be worth a lot more in the long run.
Honestly, my mind keeps going back to the idea of just diving in to the back-end (that’s the only thing I expect to learn at a bootcamp, but maybe I am wrong about that assumption) and then seeing if I would have more luck at getting a job. It’s too scary though because it looks exactly like what I have been attempting for the past two years with no tangible results.
Please feel free to critique my resume, LinkedIn, GitHub, portfolio, and anything else, but what I am really seeking is whether or not a bootcamp would potentially be the answer to my problems and if not, what is?
Thank you so much for your time. I know this was lengthy and I appreciate any feedback you may have for me.