A few weeks ago I sat down with one of our web development bootcamp alumni Jeremie Legault to learn about his career transition into tech.
Like many of you, Jeremie had absolutely zero technical background prior to his decision to take a bootcamp. He was currently working as an elementary school teacher and looking for a career change.
Once you’ve acquired the basic skills needed for your desired role, (in Jeremie’s case it was through our web dev bootcamp) you need to get yourself out there. Jeremie’s advice is to apply to as many roles as possible. Just make sure you spend time on each application to appear as qualified as possible.
Some may find this advice controversial, and opt for a more personalized approach to job searching. The reality is, there is no right or wrong. People land jobs by submitting applications all the time. This just leads into his next point:
While this sounds like obvious advice, giving up is the only way you will not achieve your goal. While some are lucky to change careers in a matter of months, for others it may take closer to a year. The longest I’ve seen was about 18 months. That is a super long time for a job search, but this person has now been in the industry for a decade and has had the opportunity to work at some incredible tech companies earning 6-figure salaries.
Jeremie says much of his success to date comes down to his positive attitude. If you watch our full interview (linked here) you’ll get what he means right away. He’s always smiling and super humble. He says he was far from a strong developer and barely graduated his bootcamp, but his attitude helped get him into the door at his current company, Avanade. I’ve seen it over and over again where those with very strong soft skills (communication, attitude, etc.) are able to land jobs easier than those with stronger technical backgrounds. Like-ability is very important.
Check out the full interview here:
I appreciate you so much for being here! My name's Kevin and I'm the founder of Journey Education. Our company builds innovative educational products that helps people unlock their potential - much like this bootcamp that we built in partnership with Concordia 😍.
Ever since I landed my first job in tech in my early 20s, I fell in love with the industry. I love the vibrant yet relaxed workplace cultures, the flexibility to work from anywhere in the world, the people you get to meet and work with, the very fair wages, and the opportunity you're given to build digital products that can potentially be used my millions of people.
This project has been a huge passion of mine since we started in back in 2014. Our mission at the time, and in fact still is - to give people an accelerated path to a career in tech.
Concordia Bootcamps is built and run with people who share this same energy and passion as I do. I'm so excited to help you break into tech!