How to become a programmer without a degree

How to become a programmer without a degree


About three quarters of our students are career
changers. They got a degree in something they were
interested in, and worked in jobs that quickly looked like they were becoming careers, and
realized that it wasn’t as fulfilling as they expected. Turing’s hard. Turing’s really hard. As Jeff likes to say, they’re trying to cram
four years of Computer Science into seven months. Not everybody’s brain works that way, and
it takes a lot of work and effort to keep going. It will, it’ll beat your head in with code. It’ll make you think you’re stupid. It will work very hard to convince you you
can’t do it, and it’s up to you to convince yourself that you can. But on the flip side, there’s so much support. There’s so much support from mentors, and
fellow students, and that’s good reason enough to go to Turing. If you’re struggling with a project, and you
need some help, there are 50 people that you can work with. And that is just something that you don’t
find anywhere. In the middle of the program, I typed something: “rails new blog.” After a few seconds, I have a webpage in my
screen actually working. I remember in that moment, I realized, “I
can do this. This is real.” We’ve hired a few other people from other
bootcamps and other places around the country. We actually like it when people come from
places like Turing because I don’t have to interview all that stuff, I already know that
they passed, so we can talk about things that are much more long term like culture fit,
soft skills and just feeling like you’re a fit with the company and having a good vibe. It’s an industry in which you get to explore
so many new things and learn new technologies all the time, and if that challenge excites
you, then definitely take the plunge. So something else that Turing taught me is
not only how to be a developer, but it taught me how to learn. So anytime at work when they say, “hey, we’re
thinking about doing this thing that you know absolutely nothing about.” I’m like, “hey, no problem, I’ll figure it
out,” because that’s what Turing taught me how to do.

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