Looking to become a front end developer/web designer and the skills desired vary greatly from company to company. Some seem to want a front-and-back end developer, some want UX/UI, some want app developers, and some want traditional front end designers. It's tough when similar job titles call for such variety in skill sets. So what's the best thing to do? Get a degree in computer science? or attend a full-stack bootcamp? I already have a graphic design background, but that doesn't include web design. Thanks!
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Definitely, if your goal is to be a web developer whether a front or a backend, join a programming bootcamp. CS degrees, do not teach web development on any sort of profeasional level. Just a class or two.
If you want to be a front-end developer / web designer, look at high-rated coding bootcamps on this website. Also, most full-time programs are only 12 weeks, not 24 weeks. Most of their graduates take on titles such as front-end developer or full-stack developer.
The bootcamps usually are not deep enough or specialized enough for graduates to be back-end developers, devops engineers, software engineers or UI/UX designers, though many graduates will eventually gain practical experience into those fields.
If you want to focus on front-end web development, I wouldn't worry about getting a computer science degree. You will end up spending a lot of time and money learning theory that you won't need to be a front-end developer. If you want to become a good developer, you need to spend time on projects, and build things.
Regarding hiring, most companies don't care where you went to school so long as you can code. There are a few acceptions to this rule, but I don't think you should base your education on the acceptions. Most companies want to see if you can get stuff done, and how and where you learned how to do that shouldn't matter.
I studied software engineering at a school called Holberton in San Francisco, and the students here have not had a problem being warmly received at some of the top tech companies in Silicon Valley.
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