I enrolled in a Full stack development course at a bootcamp, expecting job placement assistance. However, the bootcamp has changed its rules, leaving many of us feeling scammed.
As a result, I am in need of guidance on how to plan my tech career effectively. I have decided to take matters into my own hands and pursue self-learning. What steps should I take to plan my career effectively in this situation? I appreciate any assistance you can provide.
Thank you all in advance for your support and contributions.
I will suggest below steps
- Form team of other people from that bootcamp
- Start learning together ( & later building projects )
- Search for types of jobs ( check the JD as well ) available in your city or place where you wish to locate to ?
- Start building as soon as possible, don’t put lots of time in learning things.
- You can find lots of nice and free resources on YT itself, no need to purchase any Udemy course
- Start going to meetups in your city and increase your network.
All the very best.
Sorry to hear that. Did they change the rules after accepting yours and other peoples’ money?
If so, are you able to get your money back?
Without job guarantees I doubt the value of boot camps. You can only really learn development through practice (self-taught) and all resources to learn are available for free.
Where are you currently with your learning? What have you covered so far?
Thank you for your time and constant support. I was looking forward to reaching out to you. Last time, your career guidance helped me a lot in planning my studies.
However, other students seem less interested in self-learning as they still have hopes of securing placements through the bootcamp. Currently, I have acquired knowledge in front-end development (HTML,CSS,JS,React) and possess a basic understanding of Java and Redux . Also studying backend development. Now, I am unsure about how to proceed. Should I focus on learning new technologies or concentrate on mastering the full stack? I appreciate your insights on this matter.
Thank you for taking the time to comment on my post. I appreciate your response. Regarding the refund, unfortunately, they are not providing any reimbursement. I am a microbiologist by profession and decided to switch to IT, which led me to enroll in a bootcamp for guidance and support. Currently, I have acquired knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, React, and possess a basic understanding of Java and Redux. Furthermore, I have successfully completed several projects.
Cool so I would expand on your current knowledge in that case and keep building projects.
Additional technologies that I have used in React jobs include TypeScript, CSS Modules, Styled Components, React Query, Formik, Material UI, Ant Design, Jest, React Testing Library, Cypress, Storybook.
In addition it’s a good idea to learn about Agile as it’s important to understand what good software development processes look like. Being able to talk about Agile knowledgeably in interviews could also help you stand out.
Re projects - focus on quality, not quantity. One impressive project is worth more than 10 calculators or similar. Would recommend building a management platform of some description which would enable you to build a full-stack CRUD app, which is what you will be most likely building in jobs. Try to come up with an original idea that you’re passionate about building - this will sustain your interest in building the project.
Practice frequently via building projects and commit to GitHub as frequently as you can.
Currently, I have acquired knowledge in front-end development (HTML,CSS,JS,React) and possess a basic understanding of Java and Redux . Also studying backend development. Now, I am unsure about how to proceed.
- How many projects did you build with HTML, CSS, JS, React ?
- Do you’ve GitHub profile to showcase to potential employers ?
IMO stop learning and start building projects.
I suggest build some good projects in next 2 - 3 quarters, get into job as an intern / jr developer and on job learn backend. I would have done the same if I was in your place.
Once you start getting monthly income, it will give you extra freedom, energy to pursue to the bigger goals.
All the very best
Thanks for your suggestions! I appreciate the advice to expand my knowledge and focus on building quality projects. I’ll explore additional technologies like TypeScript, CSS Modules, Styled Components, and more. Learning about Agile is also a great idea. I’ll aim to create an impressive management platform and practice regularly on GitHub. Your insights are valuable, and I’ll incorporate them into my career development.
I applied for a job on LinkedIn and received a similiar offer for a paid bootcamp with the promise of a job at the end of it. Think it was based in Germany. Figured it was more than likely a scam and didn’t pursue.
I’ve been teaching myself the MERN stack through Udemy, FCC, and YouTube for several years now. Started applying for jobs this year and it is not easy! I’m 45 and feeling the pressure to make something happen soon. Hang in there and good luck!
I appreciate your understanding and encouragement. It’s been challenging navigating the job market, but I’m staying determined and focused. Wishing you the best of luck as well!
Building a strong portfolio is key in the tech world. Create projects that showcase your skills and passion. This not only reinforces your learning but also serves as a tangible proof of your capabilities.
Well, I will suggest that first you need to clear your goals and according to them you have to focus on them and accordingly need to work hard on them. After clarifying your goals you need to make a learning plan for them and for learning you can also join online / offline courses.
Networking is gold! Engage with the tech community, attend meetups, and connect with professionals on platforms like LinkedIn. You’d be surprised how many opportunities arise through connections. And hey, while diving into self-learning, keep in mind that the duration of education can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 2 years. It’s all about the journey and the skills you build along the way.