Anybody have success moving into coding? Have a totally unrelated BA. Are the bootcamps a good place to start or are there other paths I should be looking at?

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Your best bet is to go back to school.

If you got your GI Bill, get a masters in CS.

Probably not what you want to hear but the market is getting over saturated with people from coding bootcamps who can’t pass the coding interviews and H1B VISAs who are extremely smart and motivated because if they can’t get jobs here, they’ll have to go back, which is not something they want to do.


I had a colleague lose her visa and it’s legit worse than being deported as an illegal

C2 isn’t wrong, but that doesn’t mean back to school is the only way to move into coding. Plenty of resources available online (Data Camp, Python, etc) for free.

Yes, the market is over-saturated. However, when I hire personnel for those needs, I see the whole picture. Seeing someone add that to their resume having self-taught on top of their day-to-day would stand out more to me.


Self taught here, would say start to finish is six years process. Got to full stack dev then the boot camps hype took off.

In my experience big corporate hiring say they don’t care about pedigree but when given options they’ll always take the pedigreed.

When I hired I also hired pedigreed.

So I got stuck in the startup world, and honestly you’ll age out of that at some point.

Given the choice, go to school.

You can do it. Find what you like, front end web developer, backend data, databases, or something like app dev. Try different things. You can do a boot camp like code platoon and use your gi bill or go to WGU and speed through a bs degree in software development. There are so many options out there. The competition is fierce but the pay is insane. Look at what an software engineer makes in your area at a specific company and you’ll be amazed. Branching to a new career role is not going to be easy but, if it makes you happy and it pays the bills then commit 100 percent of your time


I'm trying, but it's slow going. Having trouble sticking to my study schedule. I have heard bootcamps are perfectly fine though.

Let me pose this question - what is your end state? Where does coding get you that you want be in?

Like EYP1 said - figure out the end state and backtrack.

I used an MBA to pivot. If you have the GI bill why not use it?

While a CS degree or even a technical cert in a software solution helps, you need to learn by doing.,,, Youtube, and StackOverflow should be all you need

For context, I went from a BA in Marketing to now almost finishing up a MS in CompSci @ GATech. The degree is for optics but the true learning is pulled in from other sources when you reach the limits of what you currently know in a particular language. If your are trying to be a full stack dev, maybe pick up Ruby and Ruby on Rails. If you want to implement AI/Machine Learning/Data Science, pick up python and tensorflow/Theano/PyTorch. If you want to be a blockchain dev, pick up solidity/web3.js

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