I have two non-tech degrees and a former legal career, and years as a SAHM. I’m really intrigued by coding. Is it possible to start learning this through part-time education, to get a taste? If I’m talented will it matter where I went to school? Is there work-life balance in this field? Is age-discrimination insurmountable? (I’m in my 40’s) Thanks in advance!
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- Cisco InfensusI went thru a boot camp. Let me emphasize there is a huge stdev attached to the average salary, which they do not disclose. Also the best predictor of outcomes is the students background before the boot camp. We had non-CS Ivy League grads or science phd's who got lots of interviews. Others didn't fare as well.
If you're coming from minimal/non tech work background and no elite education, I'd anticipate 4-6 month job search with 60-80k starting salary at a no-name company or consulting firm.Nov 10, 20183
- Dropbox / Enghd8FKI wonder if it would be easier to get into a career in tech as a product manager? WLB is not great for people in coding boot camps. The top ones such as App Academy, Hack Reactor, Lambda School, etc have people putting in 60+ hour weeks, then sending out hundreds of resumes to land that first job. WLB can be good after you break in.
- Amazon / EngsarcasticgmoreCoding is a tough skill to acquire even for folks with regular cs degree. That being said, the degree is only a factor. Most of the technologies are available under open source licensing for free and there are numerous ways to acquire coding skills. Alma matter doesn't really matter for an average Joe. It definitely opens doors and connections.
Once you learn enough,You can definitely start as a freelancer working on side gigs, working on your work experience. When you are confident, you can start interviewing at small companies.
You'd have to start as a beginner and work your way up. In mid 40s i don't know how that will fit your financial situation. You are a better judge to assess that. Work life balance drastically varies with teams even with in the same company. So there is no guarantee of work life balance. But it will not be as stressful as a ER nurse. And it is not a 8-4 job either.
- It's not talented ffs. Coding isn't a sport. Coding is about learning how to code.
Talent implies natural aptitude but coding is something people can be taught.
- Amazon / EngBig_fishmoreDon’t get carried away by the big TC numbers on Blind. These are from the most selective companies and in the most demanding teams. Age discrimination is real in tech. The ones paying the top TCs regularly purge low performers. “Old folks” in their 40s and 50s who are still doing low level coding are prime targets. If you had a legal career, wouldn’t it be easier to get into patent law in a tech firm?