Starting a new career can be daunting, but the promise of job placement with a better than average starting salary can add a level of security when taking the plunge. That’s why several coding bootcamps guarantee a 100 percent job placement after graduation.
Sounds great, right? Not so fast …
While a job — even a six-figure job — is possible right after graduation, nothing in life is a sure guarantee. In fact, at Coding Dojo we’ve turned away prospective students if we know they have those expectations.
There are two reasons for this. First, to be successful in our program you need to really, seriously, love coding and learning — not just the idea of an immediate six-figure salary. The 12-week program is intensive, and if you aren’t in it for the right reason, it’s going to be difficult to succeed. Second, our goal isn’t to just help you get your first coding gig — it’s to give you the know-how and skills needed to become a self-sufficient developer and have successful long-term career, whether that’s getting hired somewhere or even starting your own company.
With that said, we want to make sure to do everything possible to help Coding Dojo students prepare for life after graduation.
We’ve designed our curriculum to help students focus on projects that matter to them, so they can leave with a tangible portfolio that’s representative of the work they would like to pursue in the future. We also help our students prepare for algorithm and coding tests found in almost all coding interviews, as well as teach them how to market their unique skill set through resume workshops.
Recently, Coding Dojo alumni Kendal Dalton’s professional success was highlighted in a blog on Switchup.org, where she discussed her journey to employment as a front-end developer just one month after graduation — and what it took to achieve that.
While everyone is different and brings a unique set of traits to the table, we believe there are underlying themes to job success as a coder. We promise to do everything in our power to help ensure each student’s professional success post-bootcamp. But it’s also up to you.
Here are a few tips from Coding Dojo alumni and instructors on what it takes to land a job after graduation and have a successful long-term career in coding:
1) Practice, practice and (yes) practice some more!
Generally, it takes on average two or three months for students to find a job within the industry. During that time we encourage students to continue picking up specific technologies and practicing more coding to refine their skills. We are really serious about the more coding part! Spending 12 weeks in our program incredibly accelerates your ability to learn, but you must keep practicing!
2) Hone your job search/interview skills
Software development is a process. Your time at the Dojo is for learning the actual craft of development. The job search process is a much easier skill to pick up. Instead of stressing to students that they must be job-ready by the end of week 12, we like to have our students keep coming to the Dojo and polishing all facets of what it takes to land a job.
3) Don’t procrastinate — get your name out there right away
Job hunting is proactive by nature, so students can’t graduate from a coding bootcamp and expect to be offered a job on Day 1 without putting in a little (or a lot) of legwork first — and the sooner you start after graduation, the sooner you will land a job in your new career. Start putting yourself out there right away by updating your LinkedIn profile, actively applying to coding job listings and possibly creating a portfolio website that showcases your hard work. The more times you send out your resume, the more likely it is that the right eyes will see it.
To help our alumni start off on the right foot, Coding Dojo’s present to each graduate is “Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions” — so they can start preparing for their interviews on Day 1.
Don’t rely solely on coding bootcamps to get you your dream job. Put in the hard work, and seize every opportunity for success.