Coding bootcamps are becoming more and more popular. These alternatives to traditional degree programs give prospective tech workers the opportunity to change careers within a matter of months.
Since 2018, bootcamp grads have found employment in large companies such as Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Facebook, and Amazon. Indeed reports that 4 out of 5 companies in the US hire bootcamp graduates and that most HR managers will continue to do so.
As bootcamps gain prominence, we expect that startups and large tech companies will hire more and more bootcamp graduates.
Choosing the Right Program
Choosing the right bootcamp is the first step towards finding a job at Amazon or any other company. Not all bootcamps are the same.
There are several things you can do to find the right bootcamp. One of the best things to do is to read bootcamp reviews.
You may have a higher chance of getting hired if your bootcamp already has graduates working in the tech industry—especially if they have graduates working at Amazon, if working at Amazon is your aim. Research where graduates from bootcamps you’re interested in are working and consider asking to be put in touch with those graduates.
The next way to find the right coding bootcamp is similar to the last. Speak with bootcamp graduates. Learn about the experiences of those who completed the programs you’re interested in. Did they successfully find work in tech? Do they feel they learned a lot in the course? Get multiple opinions so you can make an informed decision.
Also, try and get an idea of how graduates of bootcamps you’re interested in fare in the job market. As you look into this, be cautious about post-graduate employment statistics published by bootcamps themselves as they are likely to be biased.
Getting Hired by a Tech Company
Whether you want to work with Amazon, a new tech startup, or a local company, graduating from a good bootcamp is just the first step. Getting employed requires a lot of hard work.
Bootcamp graduates must demonstrate they’re as capable as those who graduated from other programs. There are a few things you can do to stand out to your employer and increase your chance of getting hired.
- Work on a project. Companies love seeing what you do outside of the classroom. Find the time to write lots of code and work on your own projects. Having a repository on Github demonstrates that you have a passion for tech and it isn’t just work for you.
- Study up for your interview. During your interview, it is important to demonstrate your coding knowledge. Highlight your coding strengths, explain how you’d be a great asset to the team, and show that you have an excellent understanding of the fundamentals.
- Network. While you’re studying, programming, and going through your bootcamp course, start networking. Reach out to people in your field and start creating connections. Networking is an important aspect of getting hired, especially when you have little experience.
Bootcamp graduates have all the knowledge needed to start their careers in tech. Amazon, Google, LinkedIn, and many other tech companies all over the world look favorably upon bootcamp grads. Moreover, as other bootcamp graduates continue to produce results with these companies, new bootcamp graduates will find even more success looking for employment.