Did your salary change after the bootcamp?
My very first coding job exceeded my previous salary by about 10%. This was after I worked a number of years as an operations manager in NYC, and had no professional software engineering experience. Now my salary is on track to increase significantly over the next few years, so it will rapidly outpace my previous salary potential.
How did you get your job after the bootcamp?
As soon as I got home from Bali, I started the job hunt. I tried everything. I applied to every single job I could on LinkedIn, I looked at all kinds of different job boards. Tried all the job listing aggregator apps. Reached out to recruiters. Nothing seemed to work. I’d get a phone “interview” here and there that never seemed to be a serious interest. For a few months, looking for a job became my full-time job.
Two distinct things eventually got me the job. First, I continued working on personal projects and contributing to my GitHub repo. I also continued learning new skills, like deploying my own portfolio website, using AWS services, and using other languages.
Second, I tried something a little more daring. I researched tech companies and identified some that might be cool to work for. Then I dug deeper and identified somebody in those companies, anybody at all, that might have some power in getting me hired, and I emailed them directly.
I’d first try to find a tech lead or project manager. If I couldn’t find anyone, I’d go higher up the chain and start looking for heads of departments, or VPs. As soon as I found someone, I’d email them. I’d explain my background, that I had recently completed a bootcamp, and was looking to change careers. I was honest and forthright about my experience and skill set, and importantly my eagerness to get a developer job with their company.
Most of these emails went nowhere, and I got no response. But my first dev job came from messaging the CTO directly on LinkedIn. So the research, the boldness of reaching out directly, and my honesty about my experience and eagerness to learn truly paid off in the end.
How long did it take you to land your job after the bootcamp?
I completed the CodingNomads bootcamp in December 2019 and got my first job in March 2020.
What was the hardest aspect / biggest thing you learned in the job search?
The biggest thing I learned was that determination and boldness, paired with the eagerness to grow into a new career, is what it takes to get the job.
If you could do it all again, would you?
100%. It’s been more than a year since I completed the CodingNomads bootcamp, and I can safely say it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.