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The Power of a Programming Portfolio
Written by Administrator on 15th July 2016, 10:08 PM
The world needs coders. According to a recent article by Fast Company, “coding has become the most important job skill across industries.” If you’re looking for an interesting, challenging, and lucrative career option – building a programming portfolio by learning to code should be your first step on this journey.
There are many options available for you to learn to code. You can take the traditional university route, which generally takes four years and could leave you with $100,000 in debt, or more. You could try to learn online. But this is much easier said than done. Or you can enroll in a dedicated coding bootcamp like Wyncode. All three routes can effectively land you a job as a software engineer or programmer. But, what is the best option, particularly if you would like to get there in the fastest and cheapest way possible?
Well, if you understand that you don’t necessarily need a degree or technical certification to get a job in tech, even as a software developer, you should conclude that a coding bootcamp is generally the most cost-effective and results-oriented option for someone who is looking to make a career change. Because, when you complete a coding bootcamp, you’ll not only have the knowledge and skills to land your first job in tech. More importantly, you’ll have a working portfolio that you can use to showcase your skills and love of code to potential employees or clients.
Why is attending a coding bootcamp the best option to become a developer?
If you take a close look at all of the available jobs that tech companies are currently looking to fill, you may have assumed that some of them were off-limits for you – just because they include words like “engineer” or “developer” in their title. But, even these programming jobs, which have historically been filled by computer science graduates, are open to anyone with the tech skills needed to get the job done. According to Google, “A CS degree isn’t required for our software engineering or product manager roles.” So, even if you are starting from zero, you should be well-aware that anyone can gain the skills necessary to land these highly sought-after, highly-technical, and high-paying jobs – with no degree required. All it really takes is an impressive portfolio.
Our head instructor, Ed Toro, agrees that knowledge and experience are much more relevant for developers when compared to a college degree – particularly for those who are looking to land their first job in tech. “We shouldn’t rely on a college degree to determine whether someone can write code. The code you’ve written demonstrates your ability to write code. And the code you’ve written goes into your portfolio.” When you successfully complete coding bootcamp, you will leave with more than a piece of paper, but with experience. You will receive a transferable skill set; managing technical projects, working with a team, agile mindset, and you’ll be armed with a portfolio of projects that you can proudly showcase to potential employers.
As a recent coding bootcamp graduate, you should share a link to your portfolio, early and often, and you should be sure to select your very best work to present to potential employers or clients. That’s what Don Morehouse, a Wyncode graduate, did when he completed the web immersive program. “I set a goal of improving my portfolio after finishing Fort Lauderdale Cohort 5. I wanted to have an example of programming substance to put into my portfolio so I decided to attempt to publish a how-to on how to deploy a Dokku instance on a Linode instance.” Furthermore, it is probably a good idea for you to highlight your passion for coding by including your involvement and achievement in any particularly challenging projects.
What kind of job can I get after Wyncode?
Because, remember, the tech industry generally doesn’t care where you went to college – or if you went to college at all. What tech companies are truly concerned with is a prospect’s cognitive ability and their passion to solve problems. With this in mind, here are a list of some job titles that you can land with the knowledge you’ll gain from Wyncode (and without a Computer Science degree):
- WordPress Developer
- Back-End Software Engineer
- Ruby on Rails Developer
- Digital Content Manager
Of course, not all coding bootcamps are created equal. Here’s exactly what you will get when you come to Wyncode Academy: in place of a certificate, we will teach you the skills that employers are looking for that will land you a job in the tech industry as a developer. If you are concerned with landing a job, we will prepare you to stand out from the crowd in order to help you with your job search. This means that we will network with companies that are in South Florida and connect with some outside of South Florida to find you the widest range of appropriate positions possible. Furthermore, we host Wynterviews near the end and in the two weeks after the curriculum, where students have an opportunity to interview with companies interested in hiring Wyncode graduates.
What are you waiting for? Apply to Wyncode today!
Attending even the most expensive coding school is still less expensive than earning a 4-year CS degree, and is much less of an investment in time. Think about it, the cost of a bootcamp is basically equivalent to one semester at a private university. But, both can lead to the equally paying entry-level positions. If you have an interest in coding, apply to Wyncode today to get started on building your programming portfolio today! Or, call us on (305) 720-2422 for more information.