I earned these tags, and am very proud of my journey to this moment. I’ve taken a few days away to reflect - and sleep..a lot. I’m going to tell you about the worst week, and then I’m going to tell you how Dev Bootcamp has changed my life. Okay? Ok.
Here are some things about week eight of…
Is There Really A Skills Gap?
Excerpt from Inc. article
“If businesses hired for skills, not experience, they could expand the pool of talent and also expand the ability of providers to get them the people they need. That is the market niche that Shereef Bishay, once a lead software developer with Microsoft, has identified.
Bishay is a founder of Dev Bootcamp, a for-profit enterprise that develops what Bishay calls “world-class beginners” in Web development and software engineering. Says Bishay, “We are a vocational school in the most honorable sense of the word.” In its first year, 2012, there were 100 graduates; in 2013, there were 370, and this year, the projection is 750. There are sites in San Francisco and Chicago; New York is scheduled next.
The idea is to graduate coders who not only have technical skills but whose human operating systems are also in working order. There is a 95 percent graduation rate, and essentially those graduating get jobs as soon as they want one, with an average starting salary of around $80,000; employers include Twitter, Google, and Apple.
The point is not to graduate with a degree—Bootcamp survivors get a set of dog tags on their last day rather than a diploma—but to demonstrate mastery of a particular skill. The emphasis is on extreme employability, not prestige credentialing; students bring their code to job interviews. In a sense, Dev Bootcamp is a New Agey trade school for the high-tech economy.”