The Unfortunate Status Quo Is Slowly Changing
What’s going to happen when degrees don’t hold as much weight as they used to? Presently, forward-thinking companies like FANG (Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google) companies already lead this charge and don’t require a college degree to evaluate candidates for roles.
They started this trend and it will only spread in popularity and disseminate down to start-up company levels as we get closer and closer into the future.
What is the best way to prepare and adapt to this eminent trend?
Coding bootcamps definitely accelerate the typical 4 year degree paradigm. However, piggybacking off my breakdance story, coding bootcamps have the fallacy of being like a breakdancer that’s spread thin on their arsenal of skills.
Yeah, they might have flashy moves, but when push comes to shove, on the dance floor, they cannot execute a clean set.
Likewise, a coding bootcamp promises that you will come out to become a full-stack developer. But the fallacy is, the quality of your full-stack knowledge and abilities will be unreliable.
Empowering The Dreamer, Doer, and Achiever
This message is for individuals considering a coding bootcamp and are on the fence of whether they should commit to one.
Moreover, it can also be for individuals who recently started an online coding bootcamp thats subscription based and who might have doubts of the quality of the coding bootcamp and the results that it will bring for themselves as an upcoming developer.
How Should You Use This Blog?
This blog is purely for encouragement for individuals who deliberately chose the self-taught developer path or for persons who are contemplating a coding bootcamp or other alternatives vs being brave with the self-taught path.
I will bring up 4 good qualities of a self-taught developer and the opposite qualities that I see are somewhat prevalent of boot campers and college grads.
What is a SELF (Specific, Effective, Leverage, Flexible) Taught Developer?
Specific – Focus On Core Skill Set
On the premise that you will commit to learning and getting good at one thing, leveraging direct 1:1 mentorship as a self-taught developer will provide you with greater focus and specialization. Not to mention 1:1 attention with another Sr. Developer.
During your own time, you can develop one specific skill set prior to stacking on another skill. Hence, being self-taught focuses on mastery versus joining a bootcamp assembly line.
Effective – in Core Skill Set
Warren Buffet mentioned this in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2006, “I don’t care where someone went to school, and that never caused me to hire anyone or buy a business,”.
Coding bootcamps, when leveraged correctly, can help an individual acquire the right skills, knowledge, and connections to land a developer job.
However, the coding bootcamp brand itself won’t save you. Just like what Warren Buffet’s quote alludes to, employers want developers who can deliver results.
Self-developers ground their value in their ability to acquire new knowledge, skills at a very economic cost and produce exponential ROIs from their core skill sets.
Leverage – The Right Things Tools At The Right Opportunity Cost
Self-developers understand the concept of leverage. Normally, self-taught developers are not sold by inflated cost of knowledge and skills that can be learned for a fraction of the price on the internet.
Instead, we focus on resources that are value packed which become worth the opportunity cost (time and money) to invest in those resources.
These resources can be online courses, meet-ups, 1:1 mentors or other low-cost-high-value resources or just plain free resources online.
Next, we piece these resources together to accomplish a goal that we’ve set in place.
Flexible – To Pivot and Adapt To Changing Needs
I’ve heard friends who attended bootcamps and complained that the instructors sucked. It’s like college all over again.
A coding bootcamp is a similar experience where you are given a pre-selected panel of instructors that you are stuck with for 3-4 months or more.
As a self-taught developer, you are crystal clear of what works for you and what doesn’t. You have the power and authority to hire the right resource fit to gain the skills/knowledge you need and the ability to fire the wrong resource fits.
Moreover, these pivots and changes take a fraction of the opportunity cost it would if you hired an expensive coding bootcamp to get you from point A to B.
An example of pivoting from my own journey would be to expand my frontend skills and stack on backend knowledge based on the market feedback (interviewing, conversions, etc) that I’ve aggregated over my job search.
Every individual is different. That is why being a self-taught developer empowers you to find your learning style and help you hire the right resources to achieve your goals.
Key Takeaways & Action Items
Do You Resonate With These Qualities?
A coding bootcamp, given the right situation, person, and opportunity, definitely can set you up for success and land you that dream software developer job.
However, today where the market is saturated with coding bootcamp grads, a coding bootcamp won’t necessarily get you a job.
Everyone really is self-taught. The faster you accept and adapt to this habit and lifestyle, you will not get stuck in your personal and professional growth.
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