Getting a job. No CS degree. Just online boot camp?

AT&T jfny
Oct 1, 2017 9 Comments

Just wondering what the chances of getting a job as a Front End, Back End, Full Stack, Software Engineer etc are. I don't have a degree in CS but I've always been good with computers. I know how to code, just not at a really high level. I've heard a lot about these coding boot camps. This place called Udacity is even claiming to garauntee you a job. I'm skeptical that a hiring manager would take me seriously if I said I learned to code from a boot camp but don't have a CS degree. Has anyone been down that path or know anyone who has? What to expect. Also, what are the interviews like? Do they make you code in front of them to prove your capabilities? Thanks.

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  • Yahoo Out!
    I had friend who has BE in chemical engr but working as financial software engr for Bloomberg. And we hired people without cs degree for engr/developer role as long as u can prove by code and can talk tech with peers. Buzzword can be picked up relatively quick these days so dun be worried and just be confident and be smart during interview. It’s ok u dunno something but make sure be humble and people always like to teach u a thing or two
    Oct 1, 2017 0
  • Google srp
    I have a master's degree in electrical engineering and today I am working as a software engineer.
    Oct 1, 2017 2
    • AT&T jfny
      OP
      How did you go about learning code? How did you present yourself to potential employers?
      Oct 1, 2017
    • Intel swswitch
      How did you get the interview if you had no sw experience?
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Amazon dishmq
    "I know how to code" is a very controversial assertion. Can you solve the medium / Hard questions on leetcode?
    Oct 1, 2017 2
    • AT&T jfny
      OP
      I've heard of it but have never been on it. I'll go check it out and see where I'm at.
      Oct 1, 2017
    • Amazon dishmq
      Do that , if you can solve those problem with ease, by ease meaning able to write clean code - comparing your code with others see where you stand. If you can problem solve those, you are a pretty good programmer IMO
      Oct 1, 2017
  • Microsoft kappan
    Also, contributing to open source software or similarly concrete coding achievements would definitely make your resume better. Proves you can work with others and write decent code.
    Oct 2, 2017 0
  • Amazon AlexaSiri
    Learning to code is the easy part, but outside of 2 years past college graduate graduation age (re:25-27 or older) knowing how to solve leetcode is only 1/3rd of the battle. Companies will want you to be able to design horizontally scalable systems as well as stories of instances on previous teams where you took some sort of leadership stance. I've seen too many times on interview loops 35-40 year old candidates passing the coding portions with flying colors but receiving no offer due to weak leadership and flunking the systems design interview. It's legalized age discrimination but every tech company does it.
    Oct 2, 2017 0