There are a million reasons to become a programmer, and they are different for everyone. Maybe you have an idea for an app or a product you want to build, maybe you want to spend your 40-hour work week solving new and creative problems, or maybe you simply aren’t feeling particularly challenged in your current role and are ready to push yourself and your limits professionally. Whatever the reasons, what matters at Dev Bootcamp is that you are excited about programming, you are invested in learning, you want to contribute to our learning community, and you feel supported enough to stretch your limits.
Often times people think that attending a coding bootcamp means you will graduate and your only career path is to become a software engineer, but the truth is, there are a number of successful outcomes that don’t include software or web developer in the title. Adding programming to your skillset really opens the door to a plethora of jobs and careers. When you learn to code at Dev Bootcamp, you'll discover new career paths that you never thought were possible.
Dev Bootcamp has over 2,700 alumni who are energizing roles in the tech sector worldwide. From software engineer to developer evangelist, entrepreneur to product manager, support engineer to sales engineer, experience developer to technical writer, dev-ops engineer to engineering apprentice, the list of roles our graduates go into after graduating from our program is as vast as the list of careers they held prior to attending.
It can be counter-intuitive to think that the post-bootcamp job search might be open-ended, but the exciting thing is that you have lots of options for roles and ways to apply your newly minted programming skills. Samantha Drago, Dev Bootcamp alum and software engineer at Datadog, summarizes it perfectly: “The great thing is that whether you want to be a project manager, product manager, support engineer, QA, or founder, those roles are all helped by learning the basics of web development, learning to think like a programmer, and learning to code.”
Before starting Dev Bootcamp, Samantha worked at a small tech company in San Francisco, as Director of Client Services, where she really didn’t feel like she was being challenged day-to-day. She felt stuck. Attending Dev Bootcamp and learning how to program helped her jump from her operational role at a startup to a support engineering position at Datadog to a software engineering position at the same company. Her career transitions took time and a lot of hard work, but for Samantha, it was all worth it: “What makes me most excited everyday as a developer is just using the skills that I learned when I made this huge life decision to go to DBC and kind of change my career path. It’s awesome to be utilizing the things that I learned and to be doing the thing that I set out to do two years ago when I started DBC.” Hear her whole story.
Now that we’re newly into 2017, I challenge you to think about what you’d like to accomplish professionally in the next year. If your goals involve learning to code or launching a career in a technical role or in the tech industry, don’t wait until another year passes before applying to Dev Bootcamp.