What is the best way for someone from non-tech background to become SDE?

Amazon / Data fait
Aug 29 13 Comments

Asking for a friend who is about to drop $12k on night classes bootcamp. He has background of 15 YOE in non-tech roles. His BA degree is in a creative field.

Will company hire SDE with only a bootcamp under belt?

If not what else does he need? Github? From what i have read he will need to know basic Leetcode problems ...

Thanks

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  • New nrmlguy
    Why not learn from books and online courses???
    Aug 29 2
    • Amazon / Data fait
      OP
      Will a company hire him with only self taught skills? No credentials? I imagine he would have to have a strong github or other projects ?
      Aug 29
    • New nrmlguy
      Honestly better than spending 12g on a shit bootcamp. Teach yourself, have decent samples on github etc will definitely be better IMHO
      Aug 29
  • Twitter / Eng YuhYeet
    15yoe probably not
    Aug 29 4
    • Amazon / Data fait
      OP
      He’s been doing random stuff not really a career so much as various jobs and creative projects. He wants to chase the $$ so is thinking of reinventing himself as SDE. I am concerned but don’t know enough to give him good advice ?
      Aug 29
    • Twitter / Eng YuhYeet
      15yoe so he's probably close to 40? Do you expect people to hire him as jr
      Aug 29
    • Amazon / Data fait
      OP
      He is. I guess he wants to give it a shot.
      Aug 29
    • Google / Eng fsck
      Cut CV to just last ~ 10yoe, don't list DOB and 15yoe non tech shouldn't be too big of a problem

      If he's chasing $$ he should be leetcoding, not doing random bootcamps that will mostly prepare him for some low pay webmonkey jobs
      Aug 29
  • Symantec / Eng symx
    15 yoe and just stepping into tech he will probably be entry level. Is his 15yoe TC going to be lower than entry level sde??

    Create projects you can showcase on ur profile. Portfolio, some experience on a cloud provider. Boot camp can help but not sure about 12k.
    Aug 29 0
  • Wayfair / Eng tAcq10
    A much better idea IMO is to take some real college classes. It will look much better on a resume, and probably teach him more as well. Then work on projects and grind LC.
    Aug 29 0
  • Enova / IT LsJm55
    Don't spend so much. There are so many great learning resources online that are free. Software development takes lot of patience and practice. Companies will value a lot if show case your work. Create github projects. Consulting companies will hire anyone. It's a great way to build some experience.
    Aug 29 0
  • Qualtrics JH73057
    I’ve seen people apply to jobs with graphic design certificates etc and are often turned away. One of the best ways is to set up your own project etc to show you can actually use the new skills
    Aug 29 0
  • Will teach you for free
    Aug 29 0